Tuesday, April 1, 2008

This is a public service announcement:

From Paste Magazine:



“The Ballad of Russell Perry” — Vigilantes of Love Bill Mallonee’s hearfelt tale of a wily, navel-gazing Tennessee fastballer.

“Baseball Dreams” — The Naturals with Mel Allen The Run-DMC of baseball music.

“Catfish” — Bob Dylan His Bobness waxes country-blues poetic on A’s pitcher Jim “Catfish” Hunter.

“Did You See Jackie Robinson Hit That Ball?” — Natalie Cole An ode to the man who broke Major League baseball’s color barrier. Originally popularized by Buddy Johnson.

“A Dying Cub Fan’s Last Request” — Steve Goodman The most perfect, heartbreaking baseball song ever written.

“(Love is Like a) Baseball Game” — The Intruders A curveball from Philly-soul producers Gamble & Huff.

“Pete Rose Affinity” — Summer Hymns A classic tale of childhood autograph-seeking gone awry.

“Say Hey (The Willie Mays Song)” — The Treniers Mays actually sings backup on this big-band romp, while Quincy Jones conducts.

“Take Me Out to the Ball Game” — The Hold Steady No one rocks this 7th-inning-stretch tradition like Craig Finn and co.

“Tessie” — Dropkick Murphys A punked-out shout-out to Boston’s famed Royal Rooters.


“Baseball” – Sam Baker

“Baseball Boogie” – Mabel Scott

“Cubs in 5” – Mountain Goats

“The D-O-D-G-E-R-S Song (Oh, Really? No, O’Malley)” – Danny Kaye 

“The Fenway” – Jonathan Richman and the Modern Lovers

“Glory Days” - Bruce Springsteen

“I Love Mickey” - Mickey Mantle & Teresa Brewer

“If You Can’t Make a Hit at the Ballgame, You Can’t Make a Hit with Me” – The National Pastime Orchestra 

“Joltin’ Joe Dimaggio” – Les Brown and His Orchestra

“Life is a Ballgame” – Sister Winona Carr

“Move Over Babe (Here Comes Henry)” – Bill Slayback

“Piazza, New York Catcher” – Belle & Sebastian


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