Rock & Baseball: A new exhibit at the Rock Hall

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Jacking the longball and singing about death.
Though Coco Crisp might argue otherwise, we always believed that “Take Me Out to the Ballgame” was the only decent music to ever come from the game of baseball. We were wrong. For instance, former Tribe first baseman Ben Broussard released an album a few years ago, appropriately titled “Ben Broussard.” The poppy, guitar-centric songs were written during overnight hotel stays and long bus rides, and feature such lyrical gems as “I don’t want to die/ Without you by my side.” And in 2005, Good Sports Recording put out a CD featuring the musical stylings of 10 major leaguers, including former Indians center fielder Coco Crisp… To commemorate baseball’s forays into the minstrel world, the Rock Hall is opening a new exhibit on April 26, exploring the relationship between music and baseball. The exhibit will feature songs written in tribute to legends like Babe Ruth and Ty Cobb, and contain original recordings by former players like Lee Maye, who became an R&B singer after his career in the majors. The exhibit will also feature interviews with players like Travis Hafner and Grady Sizemore on the songs they listen to in order to pump up for the big games. Given the Tribe’s performance so far this year, we’re guessing there’s gonna be a lot of discussion of Whitesnake. – Rebecca Meiser

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