Take Me Out to the Turntable

Yeah, I know, use of the term “turntable” really dates me, but it sounded better than “mp3 player”. When I’m not obsessing about baseball, music is something I hold near and dear. I like listening to all kinds of music – rock, blues, jazz, even a little rap if it’s not a minefield of f-bombs. And there’s even the occasional baseball tie-in.

So I thought it would be fun to create a little quiz, with, appropriately enough, nine questions. Here goes:

1) What musical duo asked the lyrical question, “Where have you gone, Joe DiMaggio?”

2) What position does John Fogerty want to play when he sings, “Put me in coach, I’m ready to play”?

3) What singer “had a friend was a big baseball player, back in high school”?

4) What Hall of Famer calls play-by-play for Meat Loaf as he tries for a “home run”?

5) Joe Pernice asks what slugger to hit a “moonshot” in a song heard during the closing credits of “Fever Pitch”?

6) “The Phillies got the groove” in a lyrically modified version of this song by McFadden and Whitehead. What is the title?

7) The 1979 Pittsburgh Pirates co-opted the song “We Are Family” from what musical group hailing from, ahem, Philadelphia?

8) In addition to playing baseball and predicting the future, Jimmy Rollins has a music production company. What is it called?

9) Which former Yankee recorded a jazz album entitled “The Journey Within”?

Extra Innings (I’ll make this one multiple choice, as it’s a bit obscure):

This famous photo of Babe Ruth, taken by New York Herald Tribune photographer Nat Fein, won a Pulitzer Prize.
1949.jpg It was also used on the cover of an album by what rock group?

a) Black Flag          b) Black Train Jack       c) The Jack Rubies

I’ll post the answers tomorrow.  Until then, hope you have fun with it!

(photo courtesy Nat Fein Estate, found on http://www.hagginmuseum.org/exhibitions/pulitzer/photos.htm)



  1. Jane Heller

    This is a tough quiz! I know #1 is Simon & Garfunkel. #2 is center field. #7 is Sister Sledge. (Whatever happened them?) #9 is Bernie Williams. (I hope I’m right on that one.) Oh, gosh. I’m such a dope. I really should know the answer to the last one.


  2. rrrt

    Jane and Julia, great job so far! Julia, I won’t deduct for spelling on number 4. 😉
    Only three more to go! I’ll post answers tomorrow if no one gets them.

  3. raysrenegade

    1 Simon and Garfunkel
    2 Centerfield
    3 Bruce Springsteen
    4 Phil Rizzuto
    5 David Ortiz
    6 “Ain’t No Stopping Us Now”
    7 Sly and the Family Stone
    8 Bay Sluggas, Inc
    9 Bernie Williams

    I am going to guess on the album………….. Black Train Black………..No Reward

    Rays Renegade


  4. rrrt

    Rays Renegade, 8 out of 10, very good! Number 5 is not David Ortiz, though, and Jane and Julia have already established number 7 as Sister Sledge.
    Kaybee, good point. I’ll have to see if I can find some more recent songs with a baseball tie-in for a future post.

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