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Nine highly acclaimed original baseball story-songs. Among the characters covered on this cd are Eddie Klepp (first white man to play in the Negro Leagues), Moe Berg (a catcher who also was a US spy just before WWII), Max Patkin (Clown Prince of Baseball), Dock Ellis (who pitched a no hitter under the influence of LSD), Richie Allen (booed by racist Philadelphia fans, he’d write "b-o-o" in the dirt in response), Fred Bonehead Merkle (whose baserunning error cost the NY Giants the pennant in 1908), and Eddie Waitkus (shot by a female stalker, his story was the basis for the movie "The Natural").

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"Baseball's troubadour poet laureate...creates a new chapter in the folklore of our national pastime." -- Tim Wiles, director of research, National Baseball Hall of Fame Library

"Breathless tales...short stories...one of the most pleasing voices in the genre." -- Creative Loafing (Charlotte, North Carolina)

"Brodsky hits these tracks out of the park...These are tales of baseball’s quirky, dedicated and sometimes unloved participants." -- Asheville Citizen-Times (June, 2002)

"Brodsky turns his eye for irony on the whole of baseball history, and comes up with some spectacularly improbable stories." -- PopMatters

"Often overlooked when critics remark on Brodsky’s baseball tunes is that these are, first and foremost, people stories." -- The Herald-Sun (Durham, NC)

"One of the most insightful and well-rounded collections of baseball songs in recent memory...classics worthy of the national pastime." -- Baseball America (November 11 - 24, 2002)

"The CD's a history lesson, delivered by an excellent storyteller, that serves up some of the odder personalities in baseball." -- LouisvilleMusic.com

"These songs are not so much about baseball as they are about people...vehicles for larger messages." -- Dirty Linen

"This is a grand-slam home run of an album!" -- Dirty Linen, February/March 2003

"Tremendous new CD...This is gorgeous music that might even teach you a little baseball history while you're singing along." -- Jayson Stark, ESPN.com

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listen  1. Ballad of Eddie Klepp 3:44$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  2. Gone to Heaven 5:29$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  3. Lefty 3:43$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  4. Dock Ellis' No-No 4:47$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  5. Letters in the Dirt 5:00$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  6. Bonehead Merkle 4:32$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  7. Take Me Out to the Ball Game0:33$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  8. Moe Berg: the Song 4:16$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  9. The Unnatural Shooting of Eddie Waitkus 6:26$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen10. Whitey & Harry 3:47$0.99  Buy MP3 

Product Details

  • Audio CD (May 20, 2002)
  • Original Release Date: May 20, 2002
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: CD Baby
  • ASIN: B00006BSV1
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #146,115 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Marty Weil on March 1, 2005
Format: Audio CD
I had the pleasure of seeing Chuck perform some of these songs one fine sunny afternoon before a Tourists' game at McCormick field. The music on the CD will make you feel as though your sitting in the bleachers at Wrigley Field in 1967 and the wind is blowing out, and Richie Allen is coming to the plate for the Phillies and you just know that the Cubs are going to lose again, but, hey, the beer is cold and it's not February. It's not all sunshine and apple pie, however, as Chuck covers some of baseballs darker and infamous stories most notably "Letters In The Dirt". Chuck writes with a light and clever touch. You can't help but doff your cap to him.
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Chuck Brodsky has put together an amazing collection of baseball stories and lore into this little CD, with catchy tunes and irrepressible lyrucs. If you have a true baseball fan on your gift list, you can't go wrong with a gift of Baseball Ballads. Brodsky himself sounds a lot like Bob Dylan but he is a true story teller, like Harry Chapin, a better writer than Dylan, and generally more cheerful. An EXCELLENT buy.
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I bought this after hearing "Moe Berg: The Song" on Pandora. What a great song. And the album doesn't disappoint. It is a simple premise. Ten simple folks songs about baseball. How much more America can you get.
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By A. Warford on October 18, 2009
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These are well written and well performed ballads of lesser known players who should be better know. I looked into this CD because of the connection between Moe Berg and Werner Heisenberg but after listening to some of the songs bought the whole album. It is well worth the money.
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