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Thursday, November 01, 2012

Ernie Hays, longtime Cardinals organist, dies

Ernie Hays, whose organ riffs rallied STL sports fans for 40 seasons, died overnight. He was 77.

Hays’ work in St. Louis helped popularize batter “walk-up” songs, as well as the introduction music for relief pitchers

Hays signed on as the organist at Busch Stadium in 1971 and played his last notes there in 2010. He also played for other sports clubs, including the football Cardinals, the Blues, the Steamers and Stars soccer teams, the Spirits of St. Louis basketball team and St. Louis University.

Balkroth Posted: November 01, 2012 at 02:49 PM | 2 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. salvomania Posted: November 01, 2012 at 09:43 PM (#4290526)
Whenever I reminisce about going to Cardinals games at "old" new Busch as a kid in the '70s and later, ever present is the music of Ernie Hays, who had a number of distinctive organ riffs--actually more than riffs, but not quite as long as songs---that became ingrained in your brain. Between the sound of the organ, and the tune, I can say if I ever heard again any Ernie Hays ballpark music I would be transported back to a place, and time, long gone.

Truly a great piece of the Cardinal baseball experience. RIP.
   2. Ivan Grushenko of Hong Kong Posted: November 02, 2012 at 09:14 PM (#4291307)
Aw too bad. The only person ever to play for the Cardinals and Blues if not mistaken.

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