On Saturday June 8, 1957, it was announced that Buffalo (N.Y.) television channel WGR-TV would start to broadcast games from the National Soccer League. It was planned to broadcast 12 games on Sunday afternoon at 3.00.
The first match to be shown live was between Toronto White Eagles and Toronto Italia from Fred Hamilton Field on Sunday June 9. The two teams had been finalists in the National Soccer League championship final. The White Eagles defeated Italia to win the Carling Cup, emblematic of being 1956 NSL champions.
Toronto Italia was the best team from the start of the match until the White Eagles were awarded a penalty for a foul on Wilson. Stan Pawlas scored on the penalty kick to give the White Eagles a 1-0 lead. Peter Cassin tied the game for Italia. The winning goal was scored by White Eagles forward Cec McCormack.
Handling the play-by-play commentary was Ed Fitkin, famous Toronto newspaper man.
Other games shown live on WGR-TV in the 1957 season
Sunday June 16: Sparta vs Ukraina
Sunday June 23: Ulster United vs Canadian Scots
Sunday June 30: Malta United vs Hungaria
Sunday July 7: Malta United vs Olympia-Harmony
Sunday July 14: White Eagles vs Olympia-Harmony
Sunday July 21: Hungaria vs Olympia-Harmony
Sunday July 28: White Eagles vs Italia
Sunday August 4: Tridents vs Ukraina
Sunday August 11: Sparta vs Ulster United
Sunday August 18: Italia vs Olympia-Harmony
Sunday August 25: Tridents vs Olympia-Harmony
Sunday September 1: Ukraina vs Ulster United
Sunday September 8: White Eagles vs Sparta