Sunday, May 24, 2009
That Organ Is Real
According to Baseball Tours.com the very first organ ever used in a Major League Baseball Stadium was heard on April 26th, 1941 when The Chicago Cubs brought this wonderful musical instrument into Wrigley Field. A reported one time event that proved so popular organs quickly turned into a staple at many Big League Ballparks. But over the past decade those harmonic sounds have mostly disappeared from The Modern Game--computers have taken over, canned music the popular choice--tradition lost.
Well, if you paid attention at Nationals Park over this past homestand, at times, organ music returned to The South Capitol Street Ballpark. Those beautiful tones that generations of baseball fans grew up appreciating. A very nice reminder for me of watching The Washington Senators at DC/RFK Stadium in the late 1960' & early 1970's. The Good Baseball Organists always played little tunes during games, between play, that added to the action on the field. Whether joyful, dour, or to enhance the tension of the moment--organ music at baseball parks has always been welcomed relief.
Upon first hearing Organ Music at Nationals Park, we wondered whether these new sounds were from a real organ, with a real organist? Or canned?
We really like the organ music and want to hear it continue. There is just something special about live organ music at a baseball park.
So, we went looking for answers.
Sure enough, that organ is real. Team President Stan Kasten telling us Our Washington Nationals are "experimenting" with the idea and are testing fan response to see if organ music will become a staple at Nationals Park.
Sohna and I welcome The Live Organ Music to Nationals Park--keep it going and please use it even more. A witty organist can add to the pleasure of being at any ballpark and the very fact Washington's is attempting to bring a long, lost tradition back--is another welcome sign for Baseball In The Nation's Capital.