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Baseball's Greatest Hits

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This CD is an out of print collectible! It is the original Rhino release. There is a drill hole on the spine of the case.

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It would be impossible to capture all the things that make the game great--the drama, the humor, the roar of the crowd--on one album, but the folks behind this sprawling collection come pretty darn close to hitting for the cycle. Old-time faves like Les Brown's "Joltin' Joe DiMaggio" segue into modern tributes such as Bill Slayback's "Move Over Babe, Here Comes Henry," while such tangential yet groovy chestnuts like the Intruders' soul standard "Love Is Like a Baseball Game" and Rockin' Richie Ray's utterly unhinged "Baseball Card Lover" are guaranteed to make even nonfans cock an ear. Interspersed among the songs are spoken interludes, ranging from classic comedy bits like Abbott & Costello's "Who's on First" to moving memories such as Lou Gehrig's famed farewell speech. Baseball's Greatest Hits is a one-of-a-kind collection. --David Sprague


1. Take Me Out To The Ball Game (Exerpt) - Doc & Merle Watson
2. Who's On First? - Abbott & Costello
3. Joltin Joe DiMaggio - Les Brown & His Orchestra
4. Say Hey (The Willie May's Song) - The Treniers
5. I Love Mickey - Mickey Mantle & Teresa Brewer
6. Van Lingle Mungo - Dave Frishberg
7. D-O-D-G-E-R-S Song (Oh, Really? No, O'Malley) - Danny Kaye
8. Did You See Jackie Robinson Hit That Ball? - Count Basie & His Orchestra
9. Lou Gehrig's Farewell Speech July 4, 1939 - Lou Gehrig
10. Move Over Babe (Here Comes Henry) - Bill Slayback
11. Take Me Out To The Ballgame - Bruce Springstone
12. (Love Is Like A) Baseball Game - The Intruders
13. Willy, Mickey & The Duke (Talkin Baseball) - Terry Cashman
14. The Land Of Wrigley - Stormy Weather
15. A Dying Cub Fan's Last Request - Steve Goodman
16. The Ball Game - Sister Wynona Carr
17. Baseball Dreams - The Naturals
18. Baaseball Card Lover - Rockin' Ritchie Ray
19. Tommy Lasorda Talkin' About Dave Kingman June 4... - Tommy Lasorda
20. We Are The Champions - Big Blue Wrecking Crew
See all 22 tracks on this disc

Product Details

  • Audio CD (May 1, 1992)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Rhino
  • ASIN: B0000032LO
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,187 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Andre´ Pichly on October 8, 1999
Format: Audio CD
What a great CD! For me and my son it has been a history lesson. We especially enjoy the songs about Dimaggio, Robinson and Mays, as well as Who's on First and Russ Hodge's 1951 home run call. Tons of stuff I've never heard before, which was great. Good to hear Mel Allen's voice again, too.If you love baseball, the game's history and the love affair American's have had with the National Pastime, you'll love this CD.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Jeffery S. Anderson on January 26, 2002
Format: Audio CD
This is baseball as told through all different forms of music--folk, rock, swing, and even gospel!! "A Dying Cub Fan's Last Request" by Steve Goodman was the highlight of this album for me. Listening to it in the dead of winter makes me anxious for baseball season to begin, even if your team always comes on the losing end. There is also that classic Danny Kaye song "D-O-D-G-E-R-S" that was recorded in the 1960's and takes you back to that time period of the intense rivalry between the Dodgers and the Giants. And the album wouldn't be complete without Tommy Lasorda losing his temper with a reporter when asked about "how he feels" about losing a ballgame in the 9th inning due to a homerun by an opposing player. Any baseball fan will enjoy this!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Richard R. Johnson on September 21, 2000
Format: Audio CD
This compilation serves up some of the finest baseball tunes ever written. Though a few of the songs at the end of the disc are definite filler, the diversity of the material offered make this a superb addition to any baseball fan's music collection. Omissions of note include Jonathan Richman's "Walter Johnson" and Peter, Paul, and Mary's "Right Field."
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Lauren Wright on April 9, 2001
Format: Audio CD
If you own only one collection of baseball music, this is the one to have. It runs the gamut from old-tyme bluegrass to all-out rock. It includes classics like Abbott & Costello's "Who's on First", the original "Casey at the Bat" declaimed by DeWolf Hopper, and radio calls like "The Giants win the pennant! The Giants win the pennant!" It includes lesser known gems like Steve Goodman's "A Dying Cub Fan's Last Request," a song that will make anyone understand the fatigue and masocism of being a Cubs fan, and Dave Frishberg's "Van Lingle Mungo" which captures the sheer poetry of a line-up card. Only one or two cuts could have been omitted in favor of pieces not included in this collection, but every team has its marginal players.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By M. B. Scheinbaum on January 24, 1999
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My family has literally worn out three original casettes and now we are buying the CD. From Theresa Brewer's tribute to Mickey Mantle to the fantastic blue grass rendition of Take Me Out to the Ball Game, this is the best initial anthology of baseball music. When parents and grandparents try to explain to the youngsters what the mystique of America's pastime is all about, play this albumn for them!--Mark Scheinbaum
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Reagan Lynch on June 23, 2004
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This is a great baseball CD.
True you probably would have to create a 10 CD box set to cover all the great songs of baseball, but this CD will get you started on a private collection.
I have an mp3 file of the Who's On First bit, but this version is 10 times better since it has been digitized.
Joltin' Joe, the Willie Mays Song, and D-O-D-G-E-R-S Song (Oh Really? No, O'Malley) are songs you'll find yourself singing along with.
My two favorites on this CD are Land of Wrigley and Dying Cub Fan's Last Request. Steve Goodman really makes last request a good listen. What a good singer.
Talkin' Baseball is also a song you'll be singing along with, and you'll be picturing baseball days of old.
The Lasorda recording is classic, and had me laughing the hardest.
Baseball Dreams is the kind of song I could picture putting behind a highlight film.
The only two major downsides to this CD are the recording of We Are the Champions not being sung by the right group, and I just can't listen to Casy At the Bat more than once every so often. That reading really gets on my nerves.
Other than that this is a perfect CD to begin a collection of great baseball songs. Get this for playing in the car on your way to the next baseball game, or at your childs little league game.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Johnny Heering on May 7, 2004
Format: Audio CD
This is (obviously) a compilation of baseball related songs, sketches and what have you. The songs here cover a wide variety of styles, including bluegrass, big band, rhythm & blues, pop, jazz, novelty, country, rock, soul, a capella, folk, gospel and rap. Not all of the songs are good, but a majority of them are. Of course, one of the highlights is Abbott & Costello's classic routine "Who's On First". The classic poem "Casey at the Bat" is here, but the recitation by DeWolf Hopper is a bit too "hammy" for my taste. Not everything here will appeal to everyone, but like I said, there is more good than bad. Recommended for baseball fans.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 16, 1998
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From "Take Me Out To The Ball Game" to "Who's On First?", this CD is loaded with memories and atmosphere from our national pasttime. Artists like Bruse Springsteen and Abbott & Costello round out a Cd packed with memories and music. Great for those who just dan't stay at the ballpark long enough!!!!
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