There’s Nothing Like A Hit

Country music’s Hank Williams was a baseball fan. When he was in imageNashville, he would often go down to Sulphur Dell to watch the Vols play other Southern Association ball clubs.

Traveling from town to town between show dates, Williams was known to work the radio dial to find his beloved Brooklyn Dodgers broadcast. Often he would switch back and forth to try and keep up with more than one game between different teams.

Country music flourished in Nashville in the 1940s, and so did interest in the local baseball scene. The Nashville Vols gave local fans like Williams an opportunity to pull for the home team at the same time the Grand Ole Opry’s rise in popularity brought folks from all parts of the United States to Music City. The two became entertainment opportunities that paralleled each other’s success.

Stories in the form of ballads came from and returned to the heart of America’s conscience. A working man’s troubles, the delight of love, and the purity of down-home life were told through simple music that was pleasing to the ear. Country music was sung by storytellers.

And as baseball is a worthy subject, it is a storyteller’s delight too, just like that music.  Think about it:  No one will say anything foolish about baseball.  No one was singing foolish country music, either.  Both were straight from the heart.

Baseball crosses generations, cultures, races, and social classes. People from all walks of life find a home team to cheer for.  Baseball has become popular internationally, and young and old pursue their favorite passions.

Insert “country music” in place of “baseball” in the previous paragraph.  Sounds like a perfect mix, doesn’t it?

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