Monday, March 31, 2008

The ball is gone in a flash

It's spring so here's the SF Seals BASEBALL TRILOGY 7".

Barbara Manning had first shown her love of baseball with the ONE PERFECT GREEN BLANKET album, which had a ball game on the cover and a clip from a Giant's pennant game tacked on to the last song.

BASEBALL TRILOGY was the first record by the SF Seals, a band that Manning performed with from '93 to '95. The band was named them after a Pacific Coast League team where Joe DiMaggio got his start. Which is probably why the SF Seals recorded this pretty good version of a Les Brown song from 1941.

Next is "The Ballad Of Denny McLain" which is about the Detroit Tiger that won 31 games in 1968. McLain could have won 31 games but he gave the soon-to-retire Mickey Mantle his 535th home run instead. McLain also played organ (sometimes during games that he was also pitching) and released two LPs on Capitol Records. McLain got into a bit of trouble with the law after he left baseball.

Batting third is "Dock Ellis", a really great song about the Pirate that pitched a no-hitter while tripping on acid. Read more about it here.


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