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    Musician players/coaches/managers- the complete list?

    My personal favorite is Giants 3B coach Tim Flannery, whose music has taken on a vaguely "Americana" tone lately, though his Irish heritage is a big influence. Another journalistic reference for me- I've interviewed him twice, once for a music article and once for a baseball one. He's a fine singer and musician (and Jackson Browne's his old surfing buddy, apparently).

    Who else is there?

    Barry Zito - guitarist, musical family- sister Sally Zito's a good piano-based singer-songwriter
    Bronson Arroyo - grunge guitarist/singer
    Jake Peavy's a guitarist too, I believe. Don't know what his music's like. Seems like it's mostly pitchers.

    There's also tons of ex-players- Scott Radinsky's a punk rocker, Bernie Williams has guitar albums out, Jack McDowell had a decent alternative band for a while. Who else? Is a complete list possible?
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    Didn't Pepper Martin and some of his mates have a string band.

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    Charlie Grimm played a mean banjo.
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    Wayne Edwards was in VIEW with Jack McDowell.
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    I read somewhere that Vada Pinson was a good trumpet player

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cowtipper View Post
    Excellent reference, thanks! I look at BR all the time and I'd never seen that list before. I'd forgotten that Musial was (is) a skilled harmonica player with an instructional book out on Mel Bay, and that country singer Charley Pride was a minor league player. Actually, I thought George Thorogood was too, but I don't see him on the list.

    It took a minute to realize it was a list of any musicians referenced in addition to ballplayers that also played music; I did quite the double-take when I saw Bob Dylan's name there!
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    I guess Thorogood played in a semi-pro league, which is why he's not there. Like Musial and Griffey, he's from Delaware. Griffey's apparently on the list 'cause he recorded on rap single. I can't imagine it's very good, anyone heard it?
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    Quote Originally Posted by toomanyhatz View Post
    I guess Thorogood played in a semi-pro league, which is why he's not there. Like Musial and Griffey, he's from Delaware. Griffey's apparently on the list 'cause he recorded on rap single. I can't imagine it's very good, anyone heard it?
    Musial and Griffey are from Donora, Pennsylvania.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Cowtipper View Post
    Uhhh......no John Fogerty?!?!?!?!?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Cowtipper View Post
    I never would have thought Griffey would have a parental warning on his rap song. I guess back then every artist wanted it to sell more albums though.
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    bbref is great, but their list is very incomplete. Two additions who spring to mind immediately:

    Denny McLain, organ - youtube has his version of "Girl from Ipanema" & a couple more

    Dick Allen, vocals - youtube has his "Echoes of November" (as Rich Allen & the Ebonistics)

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    We've had a whole thread about this already, apparently.

    http://www.baseball-fever.com/showth...ball-musicians

    No mentions of my man Flan, but it does mention what I came here to say- that I remembered Maury Wills was a banjo player.
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    The Hall of Fame has a player file on every MLer who ever played the game. Here's what I learned researching the career of a young town team pitcher of 1889:

    "It is not generally known that Jack Shearon is an accomplished musican, but such is the case. Montreal's right fielder wrote the music for two of Press Eldridges's, "Do Not Slap Little Brother-Kick Him in the Slats," and "Sifting the Cinders With Cynthia." He is now engaged on some pathetic ballads, which are to be called "Strolling in the Mud With Blanche," "Playing Ping-Pong With Polly" and "Who Soaked Sally With a Pancake." These songs are to be published as musical supplements of the "War Cry." (from the Montreal Sun article titled "A Musical Genius Flouted")

    Shearon began his career as a pitcher and later converted to the outfield. I'd love to get the sheet music for some of these classics. :-)
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    I'm surprised anyone got this far without mentioning Jim "Mudcat" Grant. Mudcat wasn't a bad singer, and I think he did an album in the 60's- "Mudcat Grant and the Kittens."

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    Quote Originally Posted by TonyK View Post
    The Hall of Fame has a player file on every MLer who ever played the game. Here's what I learned researching the career of a young town team pitcher of 1889:

    "It is not generally known that Jack Shearon is an accomplished musican, but such is the case. Montreal's right fielder wrote the music for two of Press Eldridges's, "Do Not Slap Little Brother-Kick Him in the Slats," and "Sifting the Cinders With Cynthia." He is now engaged on some pathetic ballads, which are to be called "Strolling in the Mud With Blanche," "Playing Ping-Pong With Polly" and "Who Soaked Sally With a Pancake." These songs are to be published as musical supplements of the "War Cry." (from the Montreal Sun article titled "A Musical Genius Flouted")

    Shearon began his career as a pitcher and later converted to the outfield. I'd love to get the sheet music for some of these classics. :-)
    That's brilliant, it could have come from The Onion. Hilarious.
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    Eddie Basinski, infielder/concert violinist.

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    On Rick Dempsey's official website, he is described as a musician. Wonder if he does his Babe Ruth routine at shows?
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    Dang, this is good. Bronson Arroyo could learn from the relaxed effort Flannery puts into this. The man can sing. Solid guitar player, too.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f7RPu...&feature=share

    As for the two hefty boys in the back- great musicians. Not athletes.
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    Ben Broussard does music apparently.

    http://www.benbroussard.com/
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    Quote Originally Posted by Cowtipper View Post
    Ben Broussard does music apparently.

    http://www.benbroussard.com/
    Thanks for the heads up on Broussard.
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