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Baseball Songs Sports Heroes

by Phil Coley

On HBO,the Fox TV network,and many other TV and radio shows the songs from the CD Baseball Songs Sports Heroes have a special place in Americana.
Genre: Pop: Folky Pop
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  Song Share Time Download
1. The Golden Greek
6:04 $0.99
2. Fenway
2:58 $0.99
3. The Mystery of the World
2:43 $0.99
4. Babe Ruth's Curse I
2:28 $0.99
5. Babe Ruth's Curse II
2:25 $0.99
6. Baseball's Mortal Sin
4:37 $0.99
7. God's not a Mets Fan
2:59 $0.99
8. Louis Sockalexis
4:02 $0.99
9. I'm not your Mascot, I'm a Man!
3:49 $0.99
10. Smokey Joe
3:53 $0.99
11. Let's Not Forget
3:28 $0.99
12. Who?
3:06 $0.99
13. Who's the Greatest Red Sox Fan?
3:59 $0.99
14. The Hottest Game
3:18 $0.99
15. Lucky the Lobstah
2:55 $0.99
16. The Wild Blueberry Song
2:51 $0.99
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Album Notes
Songs from this CD are featured on HBO,Fox network TV,plus a major sports book,and many other radio and TV shows. One song on this CD Babe Ruth's Curse 1 is in the film the Curse of the Bambino shown on HBO. The National Baseball Hall of Fame has even added the entire CD to it's collection! Featuring major baseball team rivalries and sports heroes, the songs are great! It truly can be said to be about Baseball and beyond! Baseball spans the history of America but it's not a parallel history. Baseball is woven into the tapestry of American life and values. Here you may find songs about what we value, who we value, or don't value as people because baseball may be a game but it is played within the game of life.

Some of the songs are happy or funny. Others may make you shed a tear or two. All hopefully will make you think and feel. A few of the sports heroes are multi sport wonders. Many are largely unsung. Some were maligned in their own times. All deserve more than a song because by their actions and presence they inspired or continue to inspire others.


(1) THE GOLDEN GREEK: New England's greatest all around athlete Harry Agganis' life was golden on the sports field and pure gold in the way he lived his life. This college football All American and College Hall of Famer and Boston Red Sox Star died at barely 26. His death stunned the nation's sports world. This song is a tribute to the man who touched so many hearts.

(2) FENWAY: There is only one Fenway Park. They'll never be another. Since 1912 when Fenway was built many baseball greats have played ball here. Families over many generations have created a treasure of memories from moments of time spent here. This song salutes the one and only Fenway Park.

(3) There isn't a Boston Red Sox fan in New England or anywhere in the world who has yet unraveled THE MYSTERY OF THE WORLD. This song offers one explanation! Do you agree?

(4 & 5) BABE RUTH'S CURSE I and BABE RUTH CURSE II Babe Ruth was traded to the New York Yankees shortly after he helped the Red Sox win the 1918 World Series. Since that time despite numerous near victorious attempts the Red Sox have never won another. Many Red Sox fans believe the Babe has cursed them just like in BABE RUTH CURSE I. However, although BABE RUTH'S CURSE II starts off in the same way, it later explores what Red Sox fans might feel if their Red Sox actually did break the curse and win another World Series.

(6) If the New York Yankees can only rarely be beaten on the playing field, the fans of other teams can commiserate with each other by listening to BASEBALL'S MORTAL SIN.

(7) At the end of the 2,000 World Subway Series the New York Mets had something to cry about. Some may have felt GOD'S NOT A MET'S FAN. It may be true.

(8) Louis Sockalexis, a Native American of the Penobscot Nation, was a turn of the century multi-sport sensation whose achievements on the sports field amazed baseball immortals like John McGraw and other sports greats. The song LOUIS SOCKALEXIS tells some of his incredible life story.

(9) The prejudice that Louis Sockalexis faced is alive and unfortunately, well more than one century later. What Native Americans face today in sports is told in I'M NOT YOUR MASCOT, I'M A MAN!!

(10) The song SMOKEY JOE Williams highlights aspects of his fascinating life. Two totally different baseball immortals Satchel Paige and Ty Cobb lauded Smokey Joe. Satchel Paige said he was the best he ever saw. Ty Cobb claimed he could have been a thirty game winner in the majors. But, Smokey Joe was barred for the color of his skin. He was posthumously inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 2000.

(11) Long before the great Jackie Robinson was born Bud Fowler, Moses Walker and other black heroes had broken the color line in Pro Ball. LET'S NOT FORGET asks us to remember them and others for their courage and inspiration which led eventually to the permanent breaking of the color line.

(12) WHO? What baseball player has near Hall of Fame numbers but is best remembered for one boo boo? Listen to WHO? And, forget the boo boo but remember and value that name.

(13) WHO'S THE GREATEST RED SOX FAN? This song has the correct answer. Listen and find out who.

(14) THE HOTTEST GAME is based upon an actual incident in a Baltimore vs Boston a major league baseball game way back in May of 1894. No baseball game ever got hotter.

(15 & 16) Bonus Songs!! LUCKY THE LOBSTAH celebrates the Maine Lobster. THE WILD BLUEBERRY SONG tells of the wild blueberries "captured" in Maine and Eastern Canada and where they are taken. Both songs sung in an educational and humorous way trumpet the nutritional value of the lobster and the wild blueberry.



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M. O'connor

Great Songs about our national pastime.
These are excellent songs about the world of baseball. Our national pastime should be the subject of songs as a way of keeping these events in our collective cultural memory. This is one of the best I have heard. The writing is inspired.

Phil Speranza

A Great CD For the Fan at Heart
Do you like Baseball? Do you like music? Do you like Music about baseball? Well I do and I love this CD. This is probably the best compilation of original music about the national pastime. Baseball Songs Sports Heroes is the brain child of Joe Pickering Jr. a is a die-hard Boston Red Sox fan. But more than that Joe is a baseball fan. He has travel with his teams on its ups and downs. His love and frustrations with his team has blossomed it to a fine piece of artistry. A tribute to both the game and his team. He tells a story and what a story with each and every song. And it is only natural that the Yankees were mentioned once of twice.
This CD is a collaboration of Phil Coley and Joe Pickering. Phil is a full time musician and singer who performs all the numbers with his band. Joe Pickering Jr. wrote most of the CD. As a matter of fact most of the compostions deal directly with the Boston Red Sox. You ask, why are we reviewing a CD about the Red Sox? Well, like I mentioned above, two reasons, one, it is good baseball music and two, if it deals with the Red Sox can the Yankees be far behind? (Or ahead?)

Joe Pickering Junior wrote ten of the tracks on the album, the remaining six-he co wrote with Phil Coley.

By my second listening of the CD I was adding additional harmonies to the music while driving in my car. While the main topic of the album is the Red Sox, it does deal a lot with the Yankees. The CD is performed with a middle of the road country taste to it. The styles are unique to themselves but if I had to make a comparison I would say it was somewhere in between Jimmy Buffet and Travis Trit.

Musically the CD is first class. The instrumentation is perfect and vocal harmonies are a pleasure to listen to. The lyrics are both witty and like any good country song tell a good story. It sure tells the lament of a Boston fan.

Track one may not mean much to Yankee fans but if you were from New England it you would appreciate a fine tribute to their greatest all around athlete who was unfortunately taken from them at the age of 26. Titled THE GOLDEN GREEK, the song about Harry Agganis while lamenting his death is anything but depressing.

The second track on the CD plays tribute to one of the greatest sports landmarks in the world Fenway Park called simply FENWAY. If the Green Monster could sing this is the song it would be singing. A song that tries to unravel THE MYSTERY OF THE WORLD follows it. It basically ponders why the Yankees win and Boston doesn’t.

In 1990 Joe Pickering Jr wrote a song begging Babe Ruth to please let them win in BABE RUTH’S CURSE. By 2001 he reprised the peppy ballad Joe gave it a second thought and decided ‘Tis Better To Lose A Win Would Be Worse.

Track Six is for us Yankee Fans simply entitled BASEBALL’S MORTAL SIN. The clever lyric shows how the rest of MLB looks at the Bronx Bombers. GODS NOT A MET FAN is the following track and deals with the 2000 Subway Series.

LOUIS SOCKALEXIS is a song about a native American of the Penabscot Nation and is followed by I’M NOT YOUR MASCOT, I’M A MAN!! This number deals with the prejudice that Louis Sockalexis faced back when but in modern day.

From Native Americans to African Americans as tracks 10 and 11 deal with the Negro Leagues with SMOKEY JOE and LET’S NOT FORGET. The next song is for you Mets fans entitled WHO? It is about a ballplayer who has near Hall of Fame numbers and a good career but is remembered for one boo-boo in 1986. Now who could that be.

WHO’S THE GREATEST RED SOX FAN? And THE HOTTEST GAME tell of the Red Sox lore in musical verse. And for kicks and giggles there is a tongue in cheek lesson in healthy eating in the two bonus songs THE WILD BLUEBERRY SONG and LUCKY THE LOBSTAH.

If you are a baseball fan, Yankee fan, Bosox fan or country music fan this CD is a must for your collection. The witty lyric and cynical stories will make you laugh. The songs can make any baseball fan feel good. I like FENWAY (both the song and the park), it tells the story of a piece of baseball history. As a Yankee fan I enjoyed BASBALL’S MORTAL SIN and GODS NOT A METS FAN. Musically this album is priceless.

Traveler Enterprises

Memories of my child hood
A CD that makes one want to go back to the older New England I remember The Belfast Merchants and The Portland Pilots

Juliana L'Heureux

Boston Red Sox fans can listen without regret to original songs.
Dyed in the wool Boston Red Sox baseball fans don't particularly care what your favorite team is so long as you don't root for the New York Yankees, or something like that. Fan mania reigns in the entertaining CD, "Baseball Songs Sports Heroes: People Who Have Made a Difference", where the core themes are chanted in a collection of creative folk-songs touting America's favorite pastime- especially from Boston Red Sox fans' points of view. This particularly charming CD is a collector's edition with a beautiful copy write graphic on the jacket depicting some of Boston's and New York's legends. The collection is published by Maine's King of the Road Music, with lyrics by Joseph Pickering. It's a must have for fan-mania memorabilia. By the way, "Baseball Songs Sports Heroes" is also registered in the Cooperstown Baseball Hall of Fame. Some of the songs were featured on the HBO special about baseball legend Babe Ruth. Let's face it, 2004 was Boston's dream year, when the elusive World Series trophy finally came home to Fenway Park. As a lifelong Baltimore Oriole's fan myself, I particularly enjoyed the original lyrics and tune, "The Hottest Fan", a time when the game of baseball was taken to the streets of Baltimore and the outcome was not nice- although the song's tune and lyrics by Joe Pickering are historic. "Baseball Songs Sports Heroes" is a terrific gift for anybody with a nostalgic yearning for baseball, with Mother's Day, Father's Day, Christmas and Hanukah (or even St. Patrick's Day) just a few ideas where having several of these CDs on hand could come in handy. "Baseball Songs Sports Heroes" is a timeless series of creative tunes sung and written from the heart.

harvey frommer

Great stuff, intelligent stuff, tuneful stuff - you will love it.
Mixing baseball (Boston Red Sox) and terrific music - this is the total package. You've got to love it. Buy it. Buy it. I have even enclosed some of the lyrics in our book RED SOX VS YANKEES: THE GREAT RIVALRY

Gerald Wofford-Native American Times

CD captures the essence of a true Baseball Fan.
A nostalgic aura is felt from the CD Baseball Songs Sports Heroes. An aura that tells us that the game is purely just that, a game. But what a game it is, it's fun to watch and it's fun to love it. Each song has strength and substance, which in turn Americans like to think of their favorite pastime as being, as well as their heroes of it.

Siu Wai Stroshane

Sincere songs that root for the underdogs. Great listening!
These songs root for the underdog, there's no doubt about it. Some are heartfelt tributes to lesser-known heroes of baseball, from Harry Agganis, the "Golden Greek," to Louis Sockalexis, the first American Indian in the majors, to "Smokey" Joe Williams, a great black pitcher who "never saw his plaque in the shrine of baseball." Two songs make us pause and remember the great players of the Negro Leagues, and why sports mascots aren't funny.

For painful laughs, there's "Babe Ruth's Curse" I and II and several tributes to Fenway and the gutsy Red Sox who always "lose with glory" every fall. "Babe Ruth's Curse" is featured in the HBO documentary, "The Curse of the Bambino" which will be out on DVD soon.

I did notice a sameness in some of the songs, but Joe Pickering's concepts are fresh, and Phil Coley spices up each song with snappy musical arrangements and sincere country-style singing.

With baseball season around the corner and hope rising in the hearts of fans once again, this is a great collection of songs to get us in the mood. (And you just might even develop a taste for Maine lobster and blueberries!)

Baseball Almanac

Great lyrics, great music, and a great collection.
No doubt about it, this is the single best collection of original baseball songs in Baseball Almanac's library. Great lyrics, great music, and a great collection.

Johnathan Chase

Baseball, History, and Music...A Grand Slam for Teachers
Looking for learning materials to engage your students and supplement lessons dealing with the civil rights movement, diversity, and tolerance? Well search no more. The inspirational and humorous songs on this CD will excite and educate listeners of all ages. Ideal for classroom use, these songs pay tribute to leaders and heroes of the diamond who's personal and professional achievements transcend the sport of baseball. Songs detail the courageous struggle for freedom, justice, and equality on the "field of dreams" that will inspire both young and old.

Joe Connor, founder,

This CD will have you thinking about your childhood!
Baseball Songs Sports Heroes is perfect for that road trip between ballpark cities and makes for a great gift for any baseball fan. I particularly enjoyed "Fenway," "Baseball's Mortal Sin (about the New York Yankees)," "God's not a Mets Fan," and "Babe Ruth's Curse 1 and 2"!