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    I'm interested to know which ballparks still have live organists? Does anyone out there know?

    Thanks,

  • #2
    The Gi-Ants have an organist now--he sits out in the LF bleachers. Although these days many "organists" are playing instruments that are not much more than Casio Keyboards.

    I see great things in baseball. It's our game - the American game.
    - Walt Whitman

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    • #3
      They rays had a full time guy for years, but recently I haven't seen him as much, instead we do like to play the keyboard cat video at times. So I don't know what to tell you, I do remember he would get really excited to play happy birthday on his organ for the birthdays at the park when he was on camera.
      The one constant through all the years, Ray, has been baseball. America has rolled by like an army of steamrollers. It has been erased like a blackboard, rebuilt and erased again. But baseball has marked the time.

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      • #4
        The Cardinals had Ernie Hays for 40 seasons


        Now they have Dwayne Hilton
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        • #5
          Originally posted by cardsfan124 View Post
          The Cardinals had Ernie Hays for 40 seasons


          Now they have Dwayne Hilton
          When they first started bringing the new guy in part-time I told my wife he sounded like a mall organist. I soon learned that his family runs Lacefield Music, the Cards' organ provider in South County Mall. He's gotten better but still don't care for his style. The Cards need to get Jeremy Boyer. He does a great job at Blues games...and doesn't rely heavily on weird backing tracks the way Hilton does.

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          • #6
            Nancy Faust always awesome. The old organ sound brought a lot of character to the ballpark.
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            • #7
              Originally posted by StorminTAZZ View Post
              Nancy Faust always awesome. The old organ sound brought a lot of character to the ballpark.
              Yes, she was amazing, but retired years ago. She now lives in AZ.

              The Cubs still have a full-time organist. I believe that the Padres only have an organist for Sunday afternoon games.

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              • #8
                Originally posted by 3rdGenCub View Post

                Yes, she was amazing, but retired years ago. She now lives in AZ.

                The Cubs still have a full-time organist. I believe that the Padres only have an organist for Sunday afternoon games.
                That's correct. The Padres use Bobby Cressey part-time only for Sunday games as well as Wednesday or Thursday afternoon games. He sits outside in front of the first base light/luxury box tower in the upper deck of Petco Park.

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                • #9
                  Josh Kanter has been the Fenway Park organist for many years. With no games to play for he, is doing a live Facebook program taking requests every day at 3:00.

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by hcorday View Post
                    Josh Kanter has been the Fenway Park organist for many years. With no games to play for he, is doing a live Facebook program taking requests every day at 3:00.
                    That's a great idea! Other teams with organists should do the same.

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                    • #11
                      The phillies had a long time organist, Paul Richardson, when they played at the Vet. Growing up there; the music became part of pro baseball. My brothers and I would imitate the organ music and sound effects while playing wiffleball in the yard.

                      When the phillies moved to their own new stadium, they omitted the organ area (one more suite!) and had Paul setup in the concourse playing the equivalent of elevator music while fans shuffled by. Sad to see him like that.

                      They copied all his tunes into the computer and didn't need him anymore.

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                      Paul sadly died from cancer shortly after the Phillies moved to Citizen's Bank Park. In an article about him there was a sad line about how he was located at the new place:

                      Richardson played on the concourse at Citizens Bank Park and admitted that not being to see the game and be a part of it put a damper on the job, but it didn't kill the joy of entertaining.

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                      • #12
                        Apparently the Cincinnati Reds Great American Ballpark has organist. https://www.wvxu.org/post/meet-reds-...hutte#stream/0

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                        • #13
                          Matthew Kaminski for the Braves is one of the best at throwing musical shade to the opposition. "Braves Organist" on Facebook. Plays his walk up music selection live every Friday during the stoppage.

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