Catfish, by The Birthday Boy

Today is the 70th birthday of one of America's most celebrated singer / songwriters, Bob Dylan.  There are tons of tributes and birthday posts all over the web and they got us thinking about Bob and baseball.  So, we thought we'd share with you the lyrics to a 1975 song that Dylan wrote, along with Jacques Levy, about then New York Yankee Catfish Hunter.

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

Catfish, million-dollar-man
Nobody can throw the ball like Catfish can

Come up where the Yankees are
Dress up in a pinstripe suit
Smoke a custom-made cigar
Wear an alligator boot

Catfish, million-dollar-man
Nobody can throw the ball like Catfish can

Carolina born and bred
Love to hunt the little quail
Got a hundred-acre spread
Got some huntin’ dogs for sale

Catfish, million-dollar-man
Nobody can throw the ball like Catfish can

Reggie Jackson at the plate
Seein’ nothin’ but the curve
Swing too early or too late
Got to eat what Catfish serve

Catfish, million-dollar-man
Nobody can throw the ball like Catfish can

Even Billy Martin grins
When the Fish is in the game
Every season twenty wins
Gonna make the Hall of Fame

Catfish, million-dollar-man
Nobody can throw the ball like Catfish can

Copyright © 1975 by Ram's Horn Music; renewed 2003 by Ram’s Horn Music

 

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On This Date In History: Bring On the Night

On May 24, 1935, the Cincinnati Reds and the Philadelphia Phillies played the first Major League night baseball game at Cincinnati's Crosley Field.  While night games were already being played in the Negro Leagues, Major League Baseball took a little longer to come around to the idea. 

"No pun intended, but there was electricity in the air - on the field, in the stands and in the dugout.  Ballplayers did not get blase.  They got fired up too."  Billy Sullivan, Cincinnati Reds, 1B

From his desk at the White House President Roosevelt flipped a switch signaling to the Reds staff at Crosley Field that it was time to begin.

Here's how a reporter for the Cincinnati Enquirer saw the game:

"The field showed up in a more uniform light, green and tan, than it does in daytime...what clouds there were were so thin that the ball, when it flew high, shone through them like a bald head in a steam room.   And when there was no mist, the sphere stood out against the sky like a pearl against dark velvet."  James T. Golden

A crowd of 20,422 showed up for the historic game.  In the bottom of the first Reds shortstop Billy Myers slid into home scoring the first run. The Reds beat the Phillies 2 - 1, behind a complete game for Reds pitcher Paul Derringer.

The Reds went on play seven night games in 1935, one against every National League team.   

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Stan Mikita

Happy 71st birthday to legendary centerman Stan “Stosh” Mikita. Mikita was born in 1940, in the town of Sokolce of the Slovak Republic. Mikita’s birth name was actually Stanislav Guoth, but when Czechoslovakia became a Communist controlled country, Stosh fled to Ontario. Once in Ontario, he was adopted by his aunt and uncle and changed his name to Mikita.

 

Mikita played an amazing 21 seasons in the NHL, and all for the Chicago Blackhawks. Mikita was an incredible scorer throughout his career, however, he was also well known for his temper in his early years. Upon retiring during the ’79-’80 season, Mikita was third overall in career scoring and seventh overall in career games played. Three years after his retirement, Mikita was elected in the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1983. Over the course of his 21 season career, Mikita won the Hart Memorial Trophy (League MVP) twice, the Art Ross Trophy (NHL’s leading scorer) four times, the Lady Byng Memorial Trophy (league’s most sportsmanlike player) twice and was a Stanley Cup Champion in 1961. Mikita’s number #21 jersey is retired by the Blackhawks.

 

Happy Birthday Stosh!

 

      

 

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This Date in History...

Typically, we feature a post on a historic event that happened “on this day” in sports history.  Well today, we want to give you a glimpse of seven, compliments of SI.com’s “Back in Time: May 19”.

 

Stan Musial’s 3,516th career hit starts things off…Click the image below to visit the entire story.

 

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Dirk Nowitzki

is filthy...enough said.

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