Songs About Baseball

Once known as America’s Past Time, as well as The Boys of Summer, baseball seems to be synonymous with everything “American” such as apple pie and Chevrolet. It’s been a long time tradition, starting with Little League and rising through the ranks of high school, college, and the lucky few that make it to the Big League. Still, many little boy’s dreams reflect this sport as seen through a whole series of movies as well as Ebbets_Field_Outside2stories in books over the years. And nothing was cooler than getting out to the ballpark with dad or the family to enjoy a major league game, hopefully getting there early enough to watch batting practice, maybe lucky enough to get a foul ball or an autograph, and looking forward to that incredibly tasting jumbo stadium hot dog, along with peanuts, Cracker Jacks and an ice cream treat …..  sort of a rite of passage from boyhood to manhood.  Ahhh ….. the memories.

Babe Ruth

Babe Ruth

This draws everything together for creating a playlist to take along with you featuring songs specifically about baseball or, in a few cases, using baseball as a metaphor within the song. I was trying to avoid anthem type songs to get the crowds pumped up such as Queen’s “We Will Rock You”, “We Are The Champions“, Gary Glitter’s “Rock & Roll, part 2“, Thin Lizzy’s “The Boys Are Back In Town“, AC/DC’s “Thunderstruck“, Booker T & The MG’s “Green Onions“, 2 Unlimited’s “Get Ready For This“, Black Eyed Pea’s “Let’s Get It

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Started” or Sister Sledge’s “We Are Family” among others. All of these I’ve heard at games to get the crowds pumped and the cheering started, but these really have nothing to do with baseball or sports for that matter. So the selections have been considerably narrowed down. I’ve seen a few albums online through Amazon and elsewhere featuring unknown or little known artists doing a baseball tribute album of songs they wrote or covered, but the songs are virtually unknown to the masses out there. Below are the few I was able to come up with, one of my smallest lists yet.

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Songs About Baseball

  1. Amazing Willie Mays – King Odom Quartet

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    Hank Aaron

  2. America’s Favorite Pastime – Todd Snider
  3. The Baseball Song – Tim Flannery (former major leaguer)
  4. Baseball, Baseball – Jane Morgan
  5. Baseball Boogie – Mabel Scott
  6. Catfish – Bob Dylan
  7. Centerfield – John Fogerty
  8. Cheap Seats – Alabama
  9. Did You See Jackie Robinson Hit That Ball? – Buddy Johnson
  10. The D-O-D-G-E-R-S  Song (Oh, Really? No, O’Malley) – Danny Kaye
  11. A Dying Cubs Fan’s Last Request – Steve Goodman
  12. Glory Days – Bruce Springsteen
  13. The Greatest – Kenny Rogers

    Mickey Mantle

  14. Hey Batter, Batter – Trent Tomlinson
  15. I Am Here – John McCutcheon
  16. I Watched It All On The Radio – Lionel Cartwright
  17. Joltin’ Joe DiMaggio – Les Brown & His Orchestra
  18. I Love Mickey – Mickey Mantle & Teresa Brewer
  19. Load Up The Bases – Whiskey Falls
  20. Move Over Babe (Here Comes Henry) – Bill Slayback
  21. Piazza, New York Catcher – Belle & Sebastian
  22. Play The Game – Dean Taylor
  23. Right Field – Peter, Paul & Mary
  24. Say Hey (The Willie Mays Song) — The Treniers
  25. Say Hey Willie – Ricky Segall (Partridge Family 4 year old neighbor)

    Willie Mays

  26. Swing – Trace Adkins
  27. Take Me Out To The Ball Game – [Traditional]
  28. Talkin’ Baseball – Terry Cashman (refer to #30 below)
  29. There Used To Be A Ballpark – Frank Sinatra
  30. Ty Cobb – Soundgarden
  31. Willie, Mickey & The DukeTerry Cashman (There are actually versions of this song done by Terry featuring individual Major League Baseball teams featuring their star players.)

 

I suppose you could add a few more songs that refer to baseball in unusual ways such as …..

Duke Snider

  • Mrs. Robinson — Simon & Garfunkel
  • Paradise By The Dashboard Light — Meat Loaf
  • Love Is Like A Baseball Game (Three Strikes, You’re Out) — The Intruders
  • Life Is A Ballgame — Sister Winona Carr
  • Tessie — Dropkick Murphys
  • Will You Be Ready At The Plate When Jesus Throws The Ball – Elmo & Patsy

 

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simpsons_softballJust for the fun of it I’ve included a link below to a hilarious baseball  parody/spoof of Terry Cashman’s, “Talkin’ Baseball” featured on a Season 3 episode of The Simpsons entitled “Talkin’ Softball” . Whether you’re a Simpsons fan or not, this was well done and should bring back some nostalgia to ya — You gotta check this one out …..

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I can’t conclude this post without including this comedy gem — the timeless and unforgettable hilarious Baseball classic by Abbott & Costello’s of “Who’s On First?”

Here’s the YouTube Video LINK to that one.

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Here are a couple more related posts from my site to check out:

Best Baseball Movies Of All Time – “A Tribute To The Boys Of Summer”

Songs About Football – American Style

Field of Dreams - Dyersville, Iowa

Labor Day Songs About Work

labor-day-grill-onWell, another three day holiday weekend is within sight as Labor Day unofficially signals the end of summer. It’s back to school time for some or back to work for others involved in the education system. Yet for many others, especially the recently retired or senior citizen brigade, who are considering an RV trip, it’s time to hit the road now that families are off of it and getting ready to settle in for another school year routine. It basically clears the highways up a little and cuts down on those summertime crowds sharing the road with you.

It’s suppose to be a restful break for the working man or woman. For many it means maybe looking forward to one last camping adventure at the lake, river, beach, forest or mountain retreat. Maybe relaxing, boating, canoeing, innertubing, swimming, fishing, hiking, off-road mountain biking, ATVing on the dunes or trails, or whatever else the mind can think of. Kicking back with family and  friends by the campfire ….. is the good life ….. at least for the moment.

This song list features songs about work or working, the backbone of early American values, as laborday-002expressed in many songs in this list. Once again there is variety in the songs listed here to choose from to create another playlist to take along with you where ever or whatever you’re planning to do that first September weekend. It’s by no means complete, but a decent selection to choose from. Whatever you’re doing, plan ahead, be safe and enjoy 🙂

Labor Day Songs About Work

  1. 9 To 5 – Dolly Parton (1980)
  2. Allentown – Billy Joel (1982)
  3. Bang The Drum All Day (I Don’t Wanna Work) – Todd Rundgren (1983)
  4. Big Boss Man – Jimmy Reed (1961)
  5. Big Boss Man – Elvis Presley (1967)
  6. Blue Collar – Bachman Turner Overdrive (1973)
  7. Blue Collar Man (Long Nights)  – Styx (1978)
  8. Boot Scootin’ Boogie – Brooks & Dunn (1992)
  9. Boys On The Docks – Dropkick Murphys (1998)
  10. Cafe Down On The Corner – Sawyer Brown (1992)
  11. Career Opportunities – The Clash
  12. Chain Gang – Sam Cooke (1960)
  13. Coal Miner’s Daughter – Loretta Lynn (1970)
  14. Diary Of A Working Man – Blackfoot (1981)
  15. Don’t Talk To Me About Work – Lou Reed
  16. Factory – Bruce Springsteen
  17. Finest Work Song – REM
  18. Five O’Clock World – The Vogues (1965)
  19. Forty Hour Week (For A Livin’) – Alabama (1985)
  20. Found A Job – Talking Heads
  21. Get A Haircut (And Get A Real Job) – George Thorogood & The Destroyers (1993)
  22. A Hard Day’s Night – The Beatles (1964)
  23. Hard Workin’ Man – Brooks & Dunn (1993)
  24. High Cotton – Alabama (1989)
  25. I Can’t Wait To Get Off Work – Tom Waits
  26. I Never Picked Cotton – Roy Clark (1970)
  27. If I Were A Carpenter – Johnny Cash & June Carter (1970)
  28. It’s Not My Place (In The 9 To 5 World) – The Ramones
  29. Job Of A Journeyman – The Chieftains
  30. Maggie’s Farm – Bob Dylan (1965)
  31. Odd Job Man – Harry Chapin
  32. Part Of The Union – Strawbs (1973)
  33. She Works Hard For The Money – Donna Summer (1983)
  34. Shiftwork – Kenny Chesney & George Strait (2007)
  35. Sixteen Tones – Tennessee Ernie Ford (1955)
  36. Summertime Blues – Eddie Cochrane (1958)
  37. Summertime Blues – Alan Jackson (1994)
  38. Take This Job & Shove It – Johnny Paycheck (1978)
  39. Takin’ Care Of Business – Bachman Turner Overdrive (1974)
  40. Union Man – Cate Brothers (1976)
  41. Welcome To The Working Week – Elvis Costello
  42. Work In Progress – Alan Jackson (2002)
  43. Work Song – Herb Alpert (1966)
  44. Worker’s Song – Dropkick Murphys (2003)
  45. Workin’ At The Car Wash Blues – Jim Croce (1974)
  46. Workin’ For A Livin’ – Huey Lewis & The News (1982)
  47. Workin’ For MCA – Lynyrd Skynyrd (1974)
  48. Workin’ For The Man – Roy Orbison (1962)
  49. Workin’ It Out – Flatt & Scruggs (1964)
  50. Workin’ Man (Nowhere To Go) – Nitty Gritty Dirt Band (1988)
  51. Workin’ Man’s Blues – Merle Haggard (1969)
  52. Workin’ My Way To Your Heart – Dickey Lee (1980)
  53. Workin’ On A Feelin’ – Tommy Cash (1973)
  54. Workin’ On A Groovy Thing – 5th Dimension (1969)
  55. Working Class Hero – John Lennon (1970)
  56. Working Class Man – Jimmy Barnes (1986)
  57. Working Class Man – Lacy J. Dalton (1986)
  58. Working For The Weekend – Loverboy (1981)
  59. Working Girl – Dolly Parton (1981)
  60. Working In The Coal Mine – Lee Dorsey (1966)
  61. Working In The Coal Mine – Devo (1981)
  62. Working Like The Devil (For The Lord) – Del Reeves (1971)
  63. Working Man – John Conlee (1985)
  64. Working Man – Rush
  65. Working Man Can’t Get Nowhere Today – Merle Haggard (1977)
  66. Working Man’s PHD – Aaron Tippin (1993)
  67. Working Man’s Prayer – Tex Ritter (1967)
  68. Working Man’s Prayer – Arthur Prysock (1968)
  69. Working My Way Back To You – Four Seasons (1966)
  70. Working My Way Back To You (Medley) – The Spinners (1979)
  71. Working On The Road – Ten Years After
  72. Working Without A Net – Waylon Jennings (1986)
  73. Working Woman – Rob Crosby (1992)

If your looking for songs a little more patriotic, check out this post I did for the 4th of July – Here is the link for your convenience >>

►100+ Songs To Celebrate America’s 4th of July

American Pride & Patriotic Songs

God-Bless-America_eagle-flag-libertyHere is a sampling of some traditional patriotic songs about American Pride ….. the ultimate sounds of patriotism at it’s finest spanning over the past century and then some. Suitable for formal civic gatherings, memorials, dedications, military honors, parades as well as private family functions honoring long time veterans celebrating retirement or recent family members returning home from service to our country in the Middle East or elsewhere overseas. These also can make a nice playlist for your celebrations of  Memorial Day, Veterans Day, Labor Day, Flag Day or Patriots Day (honoring those who lost their lives on our darkest day during the tragic attacks of September 11 in New York City).

These have been recorded by several artists and musicians over the years but I have listed the “best of” renditions whenever possible.

AMERICAN Pride & Patriotic Songs

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  • America The Beautiful – Frank Sinatra/Elvis Presley/Ray Charles
  • Anchors Aweigh (US Navy Anthem)
  • Battle Hymn of The Republic – Mitch Miller & His Gang
  • Caissons Go Rolling Along (US Army Anthem)
  • Dixie
  • From The Halls of Montezuma (US Marines Anthem)
  • God Bless America – Kate Smith
  • Star Spangled Banner – Whitney Houston
  • Stars and Strips Forever – John Philips Sousa
  • When Johnny Comes Marching Home
  • Wild Blue Yonder (US Air Force Anthem)
  • Yankee Doodle – James Cagney
  • You’re A Grand Old Flag
  • The Gettysburg Address – recited by Johnny Cash

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Here are 2 more posts (on this site) that I added here last year covering several additional songs that fit a similar theme – Use the following links to view:

“Songs to Celebrate America’s 4th Of July”

9/11: Songs of Remembrance & Tribute For Patriot’s Day

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Below are the words to a very powerful tribute to the USA delivered on Canadian radio back in 1973. I personally have both copies of the original vinyl 45 rpm, one delivered on the air by Gordon Sinclair and a second by Byron MacGregor. Both are collector’s items. They serve as a heartfelt and stirring tribute to the very root as well as the backbone of what America stands for ….. as meaningful today (probably even more so considering what this country has been through since 1973) as it was 26 years ago……….

Here is the You Tube link if you care to watch plus listen to it while reading below.

flag_eagleThe Americans:

A Canadian’s Opinion

by Gordon Sinclair

[originally radio broadcast on June 5, 1973 in Ontario Canada]

The United States dollar took another pounding on German, French, and British exchanges this morning, hitting the lowest point ever known in West Germany. It has declined there by 41% since 1971, and this Canadian thinks it is time to speak up for the Americans as the most generous, and possibly the least-appreciated, people in all the earth.

As long as sixty years ago, when I first started to read newspapers, I read of floods on the Yellow River and the Yangtze. Well who rushed in with men and money to help? The Americans did, that’s who.

They have helped control floods on the Nile, the Amazon, the Ganges, and the Niger. Today, the rich bottom land of the Mississippi is under water and no foreign land has sent a dollar to help. Germany, Japan, and, to a lesser extent, Britain and Italy, were lifted out of the debris of war by the Americans who poured in billions of dollars and forgave other billions in debts. None of those countries is today paying even the interest on its remaining debts to the United States.

When the franc was in danger of collapsing in 1956, it was the Americans who propped it up, and their reward was to be insulted and swindled on the streets of Paris. And I was there — I saw that. When distant cities are hit by earthquake, it is the United States that hurries into help, Managua, Nicaragua, is one of the most recent examples.

So far this spring, fifty-nine American communities have been flattened by tornadoes. Nobody has helped. The Marshall Plan, as well as the Truman Policy all pumped billions upon billions of dollars into discouraged countries. And now, newspapers in those countries are writing about the decadent, war-mongering Americans.

Now, I’d like to see just one of those countries that is gloating over the erosion of the United States dollar build its own airplanes.

Come on now, you, let’s hear it! Does any other country in the world have a plane to equal the Boeing Jumbo Jet, the Lockheed Tristar, or the Douglas 10? If so, why don’t they fly them? Why do all international lines except Russia fly American planes? Why does no other land on earth even consider putting a man or a woman on the moon?

You talk about Japanese technocracy and you get radios. You talk about German technocracy and you get automobiles. You talk about American technocracy and you find men on the moon, not once, but several times, and, safely home again. You talk about scandals and the Americans put theirs right in the store window for everyone to look at. Even the draft dodgers are not pursued and hounded. They’re right here on our streets in Toronto. Most of them, unless they’re breaking Canadian laws, are getting American dollars from Ma and Pa at home to spend up here.

When the Americans get out of this bind — as they will — who could blame them if they said “the hell with the rest of the world.” Let somebody else buy the bonds. Let somebody else build or repair foreign dams, or design foreign buildings that won’t shake apart in earthquakes.” When the railways of France, and Germany, and India were breaking down through age, it was the Americans who rebuilt them. When the Pennsylvania Railroad and the New York Central went broke, nobody loaned them an old caboose. Both of ‘em are still broke.

I can name to you 5,000 times when the Americans raced to the help of other people in trouble. Can you name to me even one time when someone else raced to the Americans in trouble? I don’t think there was outside help even during the San Francisco earthquake.

Our neighbors have faced it alone, and I am one Canadian who is damned tired of hearing them kicked around. They’ll come out of this thing with their flag high. And when they do, they’re entitled to thumb their noses at the lands that are gloating over their present troubles. I hope Canada is not one of these. But there are many smug, self-righteous Canadians.

And finally, the American Red Cross was told at its 48th Annual meeting in New Orleans this morning that it was broke.

This year’s disasters — with the year less than half-over — has taken it all. And nobody, but nobody, has helped.