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The Reds-Pirates anachronistic night contained an anachronism

May 25, 2010, 2:15 PM EDT

First night game.jpgThe Reds and Pirates did something cool last night: in honor of the 75th anniversary of the first ever night game — which also took place in Cincinnati — the teams, according to the MLB.com story, played in “a retro atmosphere with no modern graphics on the scoreboard in the
first seven innings and organ music filling the stadium air.”

Only problem: there was no organ music at ballparks in 1935.  I only know this because of that story from yesterday about the Astros bringing back the organs, but the fact is that organs weren’t played at baseball games until the early 1940’s.  If the Reds really wanted to make like it was 75 years ago they should have pumped in “The Good Ship Lollipop” or “Red Sails in the Sunset” by Guy Lombardo & His Royal Canadians.

Heck, maybe they should do that anyway. Beats that awful John Fogerty song and whatever pathetic rap-metal obnoxiousness all the kids are listening to these days.

  1. Grant - May 25, 2010 at 2:34 PM

    Or perhaps they should have no music whatsoever. Imagine that, just sitting and watching baseball without needing to be otherwise entertained.

  2. Josh - May 25, 2010 at 2:41 PM

    I think all teams should do this at least once a week. Not that I go to a lot of games, but it get’s so obnoxious with all of the thumping music.

  3. J Rose - May 25, 2010 at 2:45 PM

    I agree 100%. It’s not just the music, but the graphics with TV viewing. they have to show EVERY stat now, ususally seconds after they announcers just said it. I look at old games now and it’s amazing how ‘clean’ the screen is.

  4. Michael - May 25, 2010 at 3:14 PM

    Craig, seriously, you don’t like “Centerfield”?
    I’m beginning to doubt you’re an American. If you say you can’t stand “Bang the Drum All Day” either, I’ll have to come out there. Mark my words.

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