Music and sports: Share your favorites, and win a prize

July 1, 1993

Music and sports have always gone together. Football games have marching bands, baseball and hockey traditionally have had organists. You can’t go to a professional basketball arena without hearing the latest in techno surround sound.

The music industry has also used sports to sell its product. I’m thinking of songs such as Meatloaf’s “Paradise by the Dashboard Light.” He uses former major league baseball player-turned broadcaster Phil Rizzuto’s voice doing a play-by-play description.

Country music star Garth Brooks has more than one song about rodeos, and his song “Unanswered Prayers” mentions seeing his former girlfriend at a high school football game. “Centerfield,” by John Fogerty, is a staple at almost every ball diamond in America. The group Alabama has referenced minor league baseball and auto racing in a couple of their big hits.

These are just a few examples that came to mind without doing any research. I know I could find several others out there if I wanted to spend time on the Internet. Instead, I was hoping you’d send me your favorite. If you have one I haven’t thought of, please send it to me via e-mail. Please don’t send the obvious ones; I assume everyone’s list would include “Take Me Out to the Ball Game” and “Super Bowl Shuffle.”

Please try to be specific by referencing the artist’s name and title of the song. I’ll include some of them in a follow-up column with your names. I’ll pick one person randomly and give them a sports-related prize. Good luck, and keep your ears open.

Doug Halberstadt can be reached via e-mail at Dougster61@aol.com.

from the March 14-20, 2007, issue

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