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I Love Baseball 

 

1. I Love Baseball

(Steve Vozzolo-Joe Manning)

 

I love baseball 

I love rootin’ for my favorite team

I love sittin’ at the park on a sunny day

Watchin’ those baseball players play.

 

I love baseball

It’s the great old American game.

 I love watchin’ that ball fly over the wall

Throw it right down the middle “strike three” is the call

 

All you need is a ball and a bat

And a couple of old leather gloves

Give me four bases and an open field

And a big blue sky, a big blue sky above

 

I love baseball, I love baseball, I love baseball, the great old American game 

 

I love baseball 

I love to hear the roar of the crowd 

I love sittin’ on the porch on a sunny day 

Listenin’ to the radio play by play  

 

I love baseball, I love baseball, I love baseball, the great old American game.

I love baseball 

 

 

2. They Say There’s A Kid In Texas  

(Steve Vozzolo-Joe Manning)

 

They say there’s a kid in Texas 

They come from miles around just to see him play 

They say he’s gonna be the next Willie Mays 

 

They’re talkin’ ‘bout a kid in Texas 

He’s hittin’ .400, he’s fast on his feet 

Show him your fast ball, he’ll show you the seats 

 

Gonna run all day, gonna run all night 

Don’t look back, somebody’s gainin’ on you 

 

This kid draws crowds ‘round the batting cage 

Everybody want to see him swing 

They say, To see this kid swing is a beautiful thing 

 

He can sure flat out throw that ball 

He can cover some outfield ground 

Try to take an extra base, he’ll cut you down 

 

Gonna run all day, gonna run all night 

Don’t look back, somebody’s gainin’ on you 

 

They say there’s a kid in Texas 

He can hit the curve; he can hit the heat 

Ain’t a pitcher been born he can’t take deep 

 

Gonna run all day, gonna run all night 

Don’t look back, somebody’s gainin’ on you 

 

 

3. When Baseball Was Just A Game 

(Steve Vozzolo-Joe Manning)

 

I remember my Grandpa, his hat in his hand 

The Star Spangled Banner being played by the band 

The roar of the crowd as the pitcher took aim 

When baseball was just a game 

 

Sixteen rows up in the bleachers we sat 

We jumped to our feet at the crack of the bat 

So far away, but we didn’t complain 

When baseball was just a game 

 

When baseball was just a game 

We knew every number; we knew every name 

We knew everyone in the Hall of Fame 

When baseball was just a game 

 

Every kid had a hero, every team had a star 

Every spring had a rookie that was sure to go far 

But like the kid who grew up, it just don’t look the same 

 

Oh, baseball, baseball...

Baseball... baseball...

 

When baseball was just a game.

But I still love it! 

 

 

4. My Mother Threw Mine Away 

(Steve Vozzolo-Joe Manning)

 

I had an old Mickey Mantle,

And I had an old Willie Mays.

My grandpa gave me his only Honus Wagner 

But my mother threw mine away 

 

I had doubles of Ted Williams’ rookie 

I had triples of the ’33 Babe 

I had boxes and boxes of cards in my closet 

But my mother threw mine away 

 

Oh, my mother threw mine away 

My mother threw mine away 

You know I still love her, she’s my mother 

But my mother threw mine away 

 

I’d buy ‘em and trade ‘em and I’d flip ‘em 

I’d sort ‘em and stack ‘em all day 

I’d clip ‘em on my spokes and turn my Schwinn to a Harley 

But my mother threw mine away

 

I had Dimaggio, Cobb, and Clemente

I had Aaron and old Satchel Paige 

I had Gehrig and Roberts and Jim Konstanty 

But my mother threw mine away 

 

Oh, my mother threw mine away 

I could’ve have been a rich man today 

But my mother threw mine away

Oh, my mother threw mine away 

Ahhh Mom...

 

 

5. Black Diamond Days  

(Steve Vozzolo-Joe Manning)

 

Up all night on those buses, 

Bouncin’ down dusty roads. 

Run those bases, hit that ball.

Talkin’ ‘bout and wonderin’ just how far they could go.

 

Birmingham to Pittsburgh,                                                                                                  

Chicago to the Kansas plains.                                                                                       

Can’t buy a bed in a white man’s town.                                                                                      

 t’s amazing what they went through just to play this game.

 

Cool Papa, Cool Papa Bell, Josh Gibson, and Willie Wells, 

Oscar Charleston and old Satchel Paige, 

Judy Johnson and John Henry Lloyd, 

Robinson, Aaron, and Mays (yeah, Willie)                                                                       

Back in the black diamond days.

 

Play all day for a dollar,                                                                                                           

Play all night to make two.                                                                                                        

Take that show back on the road.                                                                               

Baseball was the only life that they ever knew.

 

Cool Papa, Cool Papa Bell, Rube Foster, and Ollie Marcell, 

Buck Leonard, and Bingo DeMoss,                                                                                

Campanella, Doby, and Day (yeah, Leon)                                                                            

Back in the black diamond days.

 

Black diamond, black diamond days,                                                                                       

Black diamond, black diamond days;                                                                              

Follow the baseball sun.

Black diamond, black diamond days, 

Black diamond days                                                                             

 

Cool Papa, Cool Papa Bell, Sam and Dan Bankhead, and Red Parnell, 

Luke Easter, Dandridge, and Banks,                                                                                     

Double Duty Radcliffe, Sam Jethroe,                                                                                         

Tiant, DiHigo, and Page (yeah, Ted)

Back in the black diamond days.                                                                                        

Black diamond, black diamond days,                                                                                          

Black diamond days.

 

 

6. Triple A Blues 

(Steve Vozzolo-Joe Manning)

 

He sleeps on the bus when it isn’t too noisy

He dreams of those Idaho days

When he was the high school hero in Boise

And his fast ball just blew them away

Now he’s deep in the dog days of summer

Soon he’ll be hearing the news

Will he get his shot at the bigtime ?

Or is it more of those Triple A Blues

 

It’s three games in Richmond

Three in Columbus - Three more is Syracuse

Just a little more speed and a bit more control

And he’ll throw off those Triple A Blues

 

Tonight there’s a hometown crowd in the bleachers

It’s his game to win or to lose

Seven long summers of sweat in the minors

God knows that he’s paid his dues

The band plays The Star Spangled Banner

He stands all alone on the mound

He can’t wait to face that first batter

And he’s just glad to still be around

 

It’s three games in Richmond

Three in Columbus - Three more is Syracuse

Just a little more speed and a bit more control

And he’ll throw off those Triple A Blues

He’s gonna throw off those Triple A Blues

 

 

7. Big Game Tonight 

(Steve Vozzolo-Joe Manning)

 

Jimmy’s all excited ‘bout the big game tonight

Down at the Little League field.

The Rivertown Pirates are 11 and 3.

One more win, that’s all they need.

He’s been wearin’ his glove and cap all day.

"Hurry up, Mom, ‘cause we’re gonna be late."

 

There’s a big game tonight, big game tonight.

Shake off your troubles, get there on the double,

There’s a big game tonight.

 

Marty used to be quite a hitter, they say,

Back in his high school days.

Now he’s got a son, he’s big and strong,

Give him his pitch, that ball’ll be gone.

Marty’s takin’ off work a little early today.

There’s a high school game, and his boy’s gonna play.

There’s a big game tonight, big game tonight.

Shake off your troubles, get there on the double, 

There’s a big game tonight.

 

Grandpa’s rockin’ in his rockin’ chair,

A sparkle in his old blue eyes.

He takes that baseball bat in his hands.

Grandpa’s gonna tell us those stories again.

‘Boy, there’s one thing you oughta know.                                            

There’s a big game tonight; we gotta go."

 

There’s a big game tonight, big game tonight.                                       

Shake off your troubles, get there on the double,                                   

There’s a big game tonight. 

 

 

8. Diamonds Are A Boy’s Best Friend 

(Steve Vozzolo-Joe Manning)

 

He closes his eyes and squeezes them tight,

Imagines a game on an October night.

Three and two, the bases are loaded,

Bottom of the ninth, the place is explodin’.

He steps up to the plate, knocks the dirt from his cleats,

Pitcher checks the sign, he’s gonna go with his heat.

He hits that ball over the wall,

World Series hero admired by all.

In comes his mom, and turns out the light,

She tucks him in, "Sweet dreams tonight."

He hits that ball over the wall again.

Diamonds, oh diamonds, are a boy’s best friend.

Diamonds, oh diamonds, are a boy’s best friend.

I know a field where the grass is so green,

The greenest grass that I’ve ever seen.

I can’t explain the way that I feel

When I stand at home plate and look out to centerfield.

I close my eyes and squeeze them tight,

Imagine a game on an October night.

I hit that ball over the wall again.

Diamonds, oh diamonds, are a boy’s best friend.

Diamonds, oh diamonds, are a boy’s best friend.

Diamonds, oh diamonds, are a boy’s best friend.

Diamonds, oh diamonds, are a boy’s best friend.

 

 

9. Before the Giants Moved To Frisco 

(Steve Vozzolo-Joe Manning)

 

I loved New York in the Fifties; it was a grand old town.

Two bucks in your pocket bought a seat at the Polo Grounds.

We’d ride a subway to Manhattan, see a movie on Broadway,

Before the Giants moved to Frisco And the Dodgers moved to LA.

 

It was nice to be a kid then; life was simple and real:

The Giants and the Dodgers in the bleachers at Ebbets Field.

You could walk in Central Park then, play ball inthe streets all day,

Before the Giants moved to Frisco and the Dodgers moved to LA.

 

Those hot steamy nights in the summer, 

Everybody had the radio on.

We’d hang out in the street - walk to the beat of that play-by-play.

Baseball… New York baseball days.

 

Do you remember that day in October, the day big Ralph Branca hurled?

The day that Bobby Thomson hit "the shot heard round the world."

There was Campy and Snider and Pee Wee and Jackie,

Stanky and Maglie and Mays,

Before the Giants moved to Frisco And the Dodgers moved to LA.

 

There was Dusty and Leo, Gil and Furillo…

They took them all away...                                                                     

When the Giants moved to Frisco and the Dodgers moved to LA.

The Giants moved to Frisco And the Dodgers moved to LA. 

 

 

10. Cooperstown 

(Steve Vozzolo-Joe Manning)

 

From the green of the spring to the colors of fall,

He measures his days with a bat and a ball.

An American boy with a love for the game;

He hopes, someday, he’ll see his name in

 

Cooperstown, Cooperstown, it’s not so far away.                                    

It’s a place in our dreams where the stars look down.                         

They’re shining on Cooperstown.

 

There’s a baseball field where he goes to play.

He walks down Main Street to that field every day.

All the folks in town say it’s easy to see;

They say, someday, he’s gonna be in

 

Cooperstown, Cooperstown, it’s not so far away.                                    

It’s a place in our dreams where the stars look down.                           

They’re shining on Cooperstown.

 

Every boy has a dream, but then one day

The boy grows up and the dream fades away.

He sees in his children the way it was then;

He closes his eyes and he goes back again.

 

He sees a town by a lake, there’s a cool summer breeze 

Big white houses and old maple trees. 

He sees a ball field on Main Street where he’s played before. 

Suddenly he feels like a child once more. 

 

Cooperstown, Cooperstown, it’s not so far away.                              

It’s a place in our dreams where the stars look down. 

They’re shining on Cooperstown.

 

 

11. The Peanut 

(Steve Vozzolo-Joe Manning)

 

You know, I love to catch a ball game on radio or TV, 

Take a drive down to the ballpark, or watch some Little League. 

About the second inning, a feeling comes over me. 

My tummy starts to moan and groan; I want something to eat. 

I want some peanuts, baby, peanuts in the shell, 

Fresh roasted till they’re golden brown; whoa, they sure are swell 

I’d like to take this opportunity to state it publicly 

It’s time the peanut took its rightful place in baseball history 

 

The fans were munchin’ peanuts before Nolan was throwin’ heat 

When the Babe hit number 60, before Yaz hung up his cleats 

When Joe D. hit in 56, peanuts hit the spot 

They were sweepin’ up the peanut shells 

After Thomson hit the shot 

Talkin ‘bout peanuts, baby, peanuts in the shell                   

Fresh roasted till they’re golden brown; whoa, they sure are swell 

I’d like to take this opportunity to state it publicly 

It’s time the peanut took its rightful place in baseball history 

 

Since the early days of baseball, they say so much has changed 

Big contracts and free agency, it’s just a money game 

But the ball’s still round, the bat’s still wood, It’s still three strikes and you’re out 

And it’s like sweet music in my ear when I hear the vendor shout 

"Get your peanuts baby, peanuts in the shell" 

Fresh roasted till they’re golden brown; whoa, they sure are swell 

I’d like to take this opportunity to state it publicly                       

It’s time the peanut took its rightful place in baseball history 

 

Oh, I don’t want no sushi, I don’t want no quiche 

It’s time the peanut took its rightful place in baseball history 

 

 

12. Baseball’s Sad Lexicon 

(Steve Vozzolo-Joe Manning)

 

These are the saddest of possible words,

Tinker to Evers to Chance.

Trio of bear cubs and fleeter than birds,

Tinker to Evers to Chance.

Ruthlessly pricking our gonfalon bubble,

Making a Giant hit into a double.

Words that are heavy with nothing but trouble,

Tinker to Evers to Chance.

 

 

13. Take Me Out to the Ball Game 

(Jack Norworth-Albert Von Tilzer/Public Domain)

 

Katie Casey was baseball mad 

Had the fever and had it bad 

Just to root for the hometown crew 

Every sou, Katy blew 

On a Saturday, her young beau 

Called to see if she’d like to go 

To see a show, but Miss Kate said, "No, 

I’ll tell you what you can do"

 

Take me out to the ball game. Take me out with the crowd.                                                      

Buy me some peanuts and Crackerjack. I don’t care if I never get back 

Let me root, root, root for the home team. If they don’t win, it’s a shame 

For it’s one, two, three strikes you’re out At the old ball game"

 

Katie Casey saw all the games 

Knew the players by their first names 

Told the umpire he was wrong 

All along, good and strong 

When the score was just 2 to 2 

Katie Casey knew what to do 

Just to cheer up the boys she knew 

She made the gang sing this song 

 

Take me out to the ball game. Take me out with the crowd                                                          

Buy me some peanuts and Crackerjack. I don’t care if I never get back 

Let me root, root, root for the home team. If they don’t win, it’s a shame 

For it’s one, two, three strikes you’re out at the old ball game 

 

 

14. The Babe 

(Steve Vozzolo-Joe Manning) 

 

Instrumental 

 

 

15. Sometimes It Rains 

(Steve Vozzolo-Joe Manning) 

 

Baseball is a very simple game 

Baseball is a very simple game 

You throw the ball, you hit the ball 

You catch the ball, yes you do 

Sometimes you win, sometimes you lost, sometimes it rains 

 

When it rains, It’s a lowdown, broken-hearted, doggone shame 

When it rains, the umpires say, "There ain’t gonna be no game today"

 

Baseball is a lot of fun to play 

Baseball is a lot of fun to play 

You slide in the dirt, you dig and you dive 

You spit in the dugout, yes you do 

Sometimes you win, sometimes you lose, sometimes it rains 

 

When it rains, It’s a lowdown, broken-hearted, doggone shame 

When it rains, the umpires say, "There ain’t gonna be no game today" 

 

 

16. Curve Balls 

(Steve Vozzolo-Joe Manning) 

 

It’s a great day for a ballgame 

Let’s play two 

Give me four bases and an open field 

And a blue sky above 

Baseball is the champ of them all 

The pay is good and the hours are short 

Harry Truman said it best, “May the sun never set on baseball” 

TO BE CONTINUED…