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Ballpark organists: Theyre out – Los Angeles Times

Baseball purists have decried the trend toward recorded music as another example of the sport abandoning its roots. But by that logic, ballparks never should have allowed organs in the first place. Although fans might assume the instruments have been a fixture since baseballs beginnings, that isnt the case.Ballpark entertainment has taken a number of twists over the decades, from tightrope walkers and exploding scoreboards to giant chickens and outfield geysers. In the 1800s, brass bands strolled through the stands, says Tim Wiles, director of research at the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, N.Y.Organ music didnt debut until 1941 at Chicagos Wrigley Field. And even then, it didnt immediately catch on — nor has it been unanimously admired by fans over the years. During the 1970s, the Sporting News published letters complaining that organs “detract from the game” and should be “removed and put back in church where they belong,” according to John Odell, co-curator of the Hall of Fames forthcoming “Sacred Ground” exhibit on ballpark history.

via Ballpark organists: Theyre out – Los Angeles Times.

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