The 10 Greatest Baseball Songs

Ryan SmithCorrespondent IDecember 18, 2008

Every sport has songs written about it. Sometimes writers write songs that have nothing to do with the sport, yet somehow seem to always be played at games. And sometimes, the song becomes a national success.



10. D-O-D-G-E-R-S (Oh, Really? No, O’Malley)—Danny Kayne


Dodger fans may think this one should be ranked higher, but, hey, you have to be fair to all of the other teams. It describes a game between the Dodgers and Giants. This song has that Frank Sinatra sound and it’s a cleverly created song that should be a favorite of any Dodgers fan.



9. (Love Is Like a) Baseball Game—The Intruders


This song has a soul-sounding tune and is more of a love song than a fun, happy song. It talks about how you get three strikes with love. It was sung by Philly’s own Intruders.



8. Say Hey (The Willy Mays Song)—The Treniers


As the title says, it is about “Say Hey” Willie Mays. It describes how he played the game and has a nice instrumental part. It would be a great addition to any Giants fans playlist.  



7. Don’t Stop Believin’—Journey


This is a great song for really any sports team. Even though it doesn’t mention baseball at all during the song, it is usually played when the home team is behind in the bottom of the ninth. It can spark a rally and get the fans into the game.



6. Cheap Seats—Alabama


“Cheap Seats” by Alabama is a cross of country and classic rock, so it’s like a southern rock song if you will. It’s about a minor league ball club in small town and how the town loves baseball. It’s a fun song to listen to.



5. Did You See Jackie Robinson Hit That Ball?—Buddy Johnson


This song talks about how Jackie Robinson was a great hitter and all-around player. It has some good lyrics, and it’s a great song about the player who broke the color barrier.



4. Any Talkin’ Baseball Song—Terry Cashman


Terry Cashman has a unique style of singing. He basically commentates and makes it sound like a song. He sings about everything you can think of in baseball. His clever lyrics make him as good as he is.



3. Glory Days—Bruce Springsteen


This song talks about the good-old days. The first verse talks about an old friend who used to play baseball and was a great pitcher. They saw each other at a bar and what did they do? Sat down and talked about the glory days, hence the name of the song. Has a great tune and great lyrics.



2. Centerfield—John Fogerty


The lead singer of one of my favorite bands, Credence Clearwater Revival, John Fogerty’s song Centerfield is played in ballparks around the country. It is my favorite baseball song and has excellent lyrics and an unforgettable guitar part. It is probably the greatest baseball song that doesn’t have the words “Take Me Out to the Ball Game” in the title.



1. Take Me Out to the Ball Game


This is the obvious number one. It’s the third most sung song in the United States behind only “Happy Birthday” and “The Star Spangled Banner”. It is one of the oldest baseball songs and was written by Jack Norworth, who had never seen a baseball game before. The music was by Albert Von Tilzer, who had never seen a game before either. (They eventually saw a game.)