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Best Baseball Songs of All-Time

Countdown of baseball's best, from Vaudeville to the 21st century


11. "Right Field" - Peter, Paul and Mary

A wonderful little tongue-in-cheek song from one of the most popular groups in the 1960s about the position that the important kids play.

Sample lyrics:

Playing right field, its easy you know,
You can be awkward, you can be slow,
That's why I'm here in right field,
Just watching the dandelions grow.

12. "The Greatest" - Kenny Rogers

This cute song from the popular country artist is from 1998 and is about a little boy's imagination while throwing the ball up and trying to hit it.

Sample lyrics:

Little boy, he adjusts his hat
Picks up his ball, stares at his bat
Says I am the greatest, the game is on the line
And he gives his all one last time

And the ball goes up like the moon so bright
Swings his bat with all his might
And the world's so still as still can be
And the baseball falls, and that's strike three

Now it's supper time and his mama calls
Little boy starts home with his bat and ball
Says I am the greatest, that is a fact
But even I didn't know I could pitch like that

13. "Subway" - Jim Nuzzo

This little-known (and underrated) song is about New York baseball and a Subway Series.

(There's no video on YouTube, so the link is to iTunes.)

Sample lyrics:

I'm gettin' on a subway tonight
I'm headin' to the stadium, that's right
The city's gonna rock tonight as we make history
Can't you smell the hot dogs, taste the beer
Take me back in time to yesteryear
I wouldn't trade this ticket for the world oh not today
I'm gettin' on the subway

14. "Catfish" - Bob Dylan

A song from the folk music legend that went unreleased until a 1991 bootleg set. It's about the former A's and Yankees great, and (indirectly) baseball free agency.

(Link is to iTunes.)

Sample lyrics:

Lazy stadium night
Catfish on the mound
“Strike three,” the umpire said
Batter have to go back and sit down

Catfish, million-dollar-man
Nobody can throw the ball like Catfish can
Used to work on Mr. Finley’s farm
But the old man wouldn’t pay
So he packed his glove and took his arm
An’ one day he just ran away

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