National Baseball Hall of Fame to Honor Terry Cashman’s “Talkin’ Baseball”

Legendary baseball classic, celebrating 30th anniversary, to be performed as part of new Hall of Fame Awards Presentation, July 23, in Cooperstown

March 18, 2011
Terry Cashman will perform "Talking Baseball" during Hall of Fame Weekend in 2011. (Laura Fieber-Minogue)

COOPERSTOWN, NY – The National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum will honor singer/songwriter Terry Cashman and his baseball classic, "Talkin' Baseball," as part of Hall of Fame Weekend 2011 in Cooperstown. This marks the 30th anniversary since the release of the classic ballad that pays tribute to baseball and its heroes, specifically the three centerfielders – Willie Mays, Mickey Mantle and Duke Snider – synonymous with a generation of baseball fans.

Cashman will perform the song as part of the Hall of Fame's new Awards Presentation, on Saturday, July 23, which will honor the 2011 Award winners from the National Baseball Hall of Fame, at 4:30 p.m. at Cooperstown's Doubleday Field. As part of this new event, the Hall of Fame will recognize the 2011 Award winners: 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 one-hour ceremony is free and will take place at one of America's most historic baseball fields.

"'Talkin' Baseball' symbolizes the spirit of New York baseball in the 1950s and '60s and the timeless love for the national pastime for every baseball fan whose enjoyed Terry's ballad over the years," said Jeff Idelson, President, National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum. "We are pleased to honor Terry and his classic tribute to the game and its great players. We are looking forward to recognizing his contribution, and his live performance, as a highlight of our new Awards Presentation."

The honor for Cashman and "Talkin' Baseball" follows the 2010 recognition of John Fogerty and his anthemic classic, "Centerfield," which he performed live during the 2010 Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony in Cooperstown.

Long considered a treasure among baseball fans across the globe, "Talkin' Baseball" was popularized by its reference to scores of baseball heroes and seminal moments and characters in the game's history, with the song naming 20 Hall of Famers. In later years, team-specific versions of "Talkin' Baseball" were released to appeal to fans across the country.

"This is wonderful news," said Terry Cashman. "I'm excited, happy and honored. I wrote 'Willie, Mickey and The Duke (Talkin' Baseball)' 30 years ago, and having the Hall of Fame celebrate the song and this anniversary is very gratifying."

Cashman has written some 40 other songs about baseball throughout his career. Many of these songs honor individual players like Johnny Bench, Phil Niekro, Rusty Staub and Mike Piazza, while others celebrate historic events in baseball history like "The Catch," "The Shot Heard 'Round The World" and the Red Sox Championship of 2004.

Hall of Fame Weekend 2011 will take place July 22-25 in Cooperstown, New York, with the new Awards Presentation highlighting a weekend of family friendly activities. The 2011 Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony will take place on Sunday, July 24, at 1:30 p.m. ET and will be aired live on MLB Network. The 2011 Hall of Fame class features Roberto Alomar, Bert Blyleven and Pat Gillick. The ceremony is free and lasts approximately two hours, with speeches from the inductees.

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