Tunes Talkin’ Baseball
Baseball Season is back!
America’s most enduring sport returns for what is sure to be another exciting season. Will the Astro’s continue to dominate? Will the Dodgers get their revenge? Will the Giants step up to the plate this year? Only time will tell. For now, check out this baseball-themed playlist which features hits from the likes of Bruce Springsteen, Meat Loaf and Bob Dylan.
Paradise by the Dashboard Light” – Meat Loaf
This classic 1978 opus makes great use of the old baseball/sex double entendre as Meat Loaf duets with the amazing Ellen Foley in what has become a ribald piece of rock ‘n’ roll mythology. Longtime Yankees announcer Phil Rizzuto does actual play-by-play as Meat Loaf tries to reach “home base” with Ellen in the backseat.
“Centerfield” – John Fogerty
Rivaling “Take Me Out to the Ball Game” as one of the best-known baseball songs, this hit from former Creedence Clearwater Revival frontman John Fogerty has been a staple at ballparks since its release in the mid ‘80s. Fogerty is said to have been inspired by center field at Yankee Stadium. Beginning with a recognizable series of claps, this song is sure to get people excited for the beginning of the season!
“Glory Days”– Bruce Springsteen
The Boss has always had a knack for creating iconic American tunes. Did you know that the lyrics to the first verse are autobiographical? They’re inspired by a run-in with a former Little League baseball teammate. The music video includes clips of Mets pitcher Dwight Gooden and the song definitely nails that classic ballgame nostalgia we all associate with the sport.
“Did You See Jackie Robinson Hit that Ball?” – Buddy Johnson
This goodtime tribute to number 42 was recorded all the way back in 1949. With the legendary Count Basie Orchestra providing the music, the band swings as hard as Jackie Robinson’s bat.
“Talkin’ Baseball (Willie Mickey and the Duke)”– Terry Cashman
This song covers the history of baseball from the 1950s through 1981 (the year of the song’s release). With reference to roughly thirty of the greatest baseball players of all time such as Willie Mays, Mickey Mantle and Duke Snider, this song is a great way to cram for baseball trivia! Fun Fact: A 1992 episode of The Simpsons featured a cover of this song, called “Talkin’ Softball.”
“Take Me Out to the Ball Game” – Jack Norworth and Albert von Tilzer
This has to be the all-time greatest and most recognized baseball song. “Take Me Out to the Ball Game”
was written 108 years ago but remains so popular it’s played during the 7th inning stretch at every field across the nation. With lyrics by vaudeville star Jack Norworth, “Take Me Out to the Ball Game” is among the most iconic songs in the history of American popular music.
“All the Way”- Eddie Vedder
Pearl Jam’s frontman, Eddie Vedder, wrote this ballad about the Chicago Cubs. Although Vedder led the grunge movement in Seattle, he was originally from Chicago and wanted to pay tribute to his hometown.
“Catfish” – Bob Dylan
Although Dylan recorded this track in the ‘70s, it wasn’t released until the ‘90s. The folk singer took some time off from singing about politics and protest to sing “Catfish” about Baseball Hall of Fame pitcher Jim “Catfish” Hunter. Hunter was the first pitcher since 1915 to win 200 career games by the age of 31.
“The Cheap Seats”– Alabama
The Cheap Seats perfectly captures what is so great about attending a baseball game. It doesn’t matter where you’re sitting — the vibe is unlike any other sporting event. You get to kick back, enjoy a dog and some beer, and take in the game for dirt cheap — as long as it isn’t playoff season!
“Barry Bonds” – Kanye West feat. Lil’ Wayne
This song really isn’t about baseball at all, but it specifically name-drops Barry Bonds, so it counts.