Pitching Jazz

I think there are only three things America will be known for 2,000 years from now when they study this civilization: the Constitution, jazz music and baseball.

Gerald Early 1952–, American Author
As I was watching a recent San Francisco Giants game, I decided to turn off the sound (the cheers of the opposing team was just too distracting) and I put on the mournful "It Never Entered My Mind"  by Miles Davis. Then, as if on cue,  Miles Davis finished the song,  and Buster Posey hit a home run, as Posey rounded third, coming in to score at home, Stan Getz came on the stereo. How perfect Jazz and Baseball go together.
"Jazz" was originally a baseball term, originating in San Francisco. San Francisco Bulletin sports writer 'Scoop' Gleeson used it as early as 1912 to describe players on the San Francisco Seals team that were full of "vim, vigor and the fighting spirit." The earliest that "Jazz" appeared in print in reference to jazz was in July of 1915, in a Chicago paper describing the new music coming from New Orleans.
So, the next time you watch the game, turn the commentary off (sorry Kruk and Kuip) and listen to some great jazz tunes to celebrate the marriage of jazz and baseball.
Grab some peanuts and cracker jack, turn the sound off the game and give these albums a try:
The definitive Miles Davis on Prestige
The definitive Dave Brubeck on Fantasy, Concord Jazz, and Telarc
Blue train
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