Hall of Fame to Honor Terry Cashman for Talkin’ BaseballMar 19th, 2011 | By Roy Rasmussen | Category: Art and Entertainment
Terry Cashman, composer of the popular sports anthem “Talkin’ Baseball,” will receive honors from the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum, the Hall of Fame announced Friday. The honor marks the 30th anniversary of Cashman’s song.
Cashman’s tribute to baseball history has been played at stadiums around the country since 1981, when it was released to fans disappointed by baseball’s first strike. Cashman’s song catalogs Hall of Fame stars from the 1950s baseball era, with special tribute to slugging centerfielders Willie Mays, Mickey Mantle, and Duke Snider. Mays had just been elected to the Hall of Fame in 1979 and Snider in 1980. Cashman later recorded team-specific versions of the song to be played at different stadiums, naming other future Hall of Famers and other noteworthy players.
Cashman played minor league baseball in the 1950s for the Detroit Tigers’ farm team. Meanwhile he was the lead singer for the band the Chevrons. Cashman has written about 40 other songs about baseball throughout his career and has become known as “The Balladeer of Baseball.” He recorded a parody of his famous song called “Talkin’ Softball” for an episode of The Simpsons called “Homer at the Bat.”
Cashman’s recognition will be part of Hall of Fame Weekend 2011, which takes place July 22 through 25 in Cooperstown, New York. Cashman will perform his song at Cooperstown’s Doubleday Field on 4:30 pm on Saturday, July 23, during a one-hour awards ceremony to honor 2011 Award winners from the National Baseball Hall of Fame. Others being recognized during the ceremony are Bill Conlin (J.G. Taylor Spink Award, for meritorious contributions to baseball writing), Roland Hemond (Buck O’Neil Lifetime Achievement Award), and Dave Van Horne (Ford C. Frick Award, for broadcasting excellence). The ceremony is free.