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Terry Cashman’s “Talkin’ Baseball” to be honored by the Hall of Fame

Mar 18, 2011, 4:05 PM EDT

Terry Cashman

Ron Santo and Alan Trammell can’t sniff the Hall of Fame, but the Hall is going to honor this treacly, nostalgic wreck of a song:

Thirty years ago singer/composer Terry Cashman displayed his love for the national pastime with his song, “Talkin’ Baseball.”  Now baseball is showing its love for Cashman and his composition, with the Hall of Fame planning to honor the song and its writer during induction weekend this summer.

Blah. Besides: everyone knows that “Baseball Boogie” by Mabel Scott was the best baseball song ever.  Either that or “Talkin’ Softball,” which was a much better Cashman song.

Oh well. For those of you who are unfamiliar.

  1. cur68 - Mar 18, 2011 at 4:14 PM

    WHAT!!!??? The best baseball song EVER is Centerfield. John Fogary nailed it for all of us too slow, too uncoordinated and too full of hope. I demand a recount!

    • yankeesfanlen - Mar 18, 2011 at 4:45 PM

      I second your nomination, although Fogarty’s rendition on Opening Day left something to be desired. His air guitar isn’t what it used to be.
      “Talkin Baseball” is right up there on my hit parade with Minnie Riverton’s “Lovin’ You”.
      Oh, for good measure “Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald”.
      Brain wash needed.

  2. frankvzappa - Mar 18, 2011 at 4:17 PM

    you are all wrong, the best baseball song ever, HANDS DOWN, is Bill Lee, by Warren Zevon, who also wrote the best song ever about hockey, Hit Somebody, the song that Kevin Smith is writing a screenplay about…

    • cur68 - Mar 18, 2011 at 4:21 PM

      Wow. I didn’t know Zevon did anything but Werewolves of London. Thanks. Centerfield is still better.

      • jwbiii - Mar 19, 2011 at 3:18 PM

        The last time I was in Honduras, I stayed next to a U.S. ex-pat bar. It seemed like a good idea at the time: sometimes you just want to speak English and drink Miller. I think I heard “Lawyers, Guns, and Money” about 1,000 times.

    • rossesmithii - Mar 19, 2011 at 12:16 PM

      i listened to your song, it must be a taste think because i thought it was terrible. Not for the masses. Center Field is much better for the average person

  3. Mr. Jason "El Bravo" Heyward - Mar 18, 2011 at 4:18 PM

    Simpsons did it better.

    • ahealthyscratch - Mar 18, 2011 at 4:39 PM

      I can’t possibly agree more. Every time I think of this song I hear “Daryllllll, Ozzy and the Straw”

      • antelope850 - Mar 18, 2011 at 4:51 PM

        “Ken Griffey’s grotesquely swollen jaw”

  4. tomemos - Mar 18, 2011 at 4:29 PM

    Bob Dylan, “Catfish,” end of story.

  5. spudchukar - Mar 18, 2011 at 5:08 PM

    Nope, Steve Goodman’s “The Dying Chicago Cubs Fan”, outdoes them all.

    • tomemos - Mar 18, 2011 at 6:44 PM

      Great song, but you got the name wrong: “A Dying Cub Fan’s Last Request.”

      • spudchukar - Mar 19, 2011 at 3:23 PM

        Thanks, Tomemos, I was afraid I didn’t have it just right, the senility thing.

  6. Dan in Katonah - Mar 18, 2011 at 5:13 PM

    You’re all wrong. Best was that crap-tastic “rap” video by the Mets in the ’80s, done in the spirit of the unintentionally hilarious video by the Bears. Now there was a trend that mercifully died a quick death.

    And don’t forget the *awesome* Creed song about the Marlins. Good stuff!!!

  7. PanchoHerreraFanClub - Mar 18, 2011 at 5:27 PM

    How can you ignore the stats of the song? It the song was a baseball with its stats the sabremetric guys would all be screaming that it should be in the HOF. I mean the song sold like a bazillion copies.

    • cur68 - Mar 18, 2011 at 5:38 PM

      You are right. Centerfield sold zillions. The stats don’t lie baby.

      • yankeesfanlen - Mar 18, 2011 at 5:50 PM

        That’s right, and here Craig tweets that he’s going to ban us for liking it. He must have had a deprived childhood and couldn’t get together a garage band to do “Proud Mary”.

      • cur68 - Mar 18, 2011 at 5:57 PM

        Jealousy an ugly thing.

    • Utley's Hair - Mar 18, 2011 at 6:08 PM

      HOF entry isn’t guaranteed until a kajillion.

      • cur68 - Mar 18, 2011 at 8:00 PM

        Just a matter of time before that butterface, Lady Gaga remakes it. That’ll push it over into the kajillion range, easy.Meantime, its the only #1 even mentioned here. Like Mays, a lock for the title; Best Ever.

  8. schmedley69 - Mar 18, 2011 at 6:04 PM

    Gotta go with Fogarty as well.

    How about team specific songs.

    Phillies Fever: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dR4_OMa5Bs8
    Orioles Magic: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u8BMYo3Z7mc

  9. Glenn - Mar 18, 2011 at 8:08 PM

    Doesn’t Kenny G have a baseball instrumental?

  10. crankyfrankie - Mar 18, 2011 at 9:51 PM

    Thanks Glenn. You are all wrong take me out to thew ballgame is the absolute best, except Ozzy Osborne’s version.

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