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Here’s how walk-up songs went from organ tunes to a cultural sensation almost overnight

“Because the organ was located—thanks to Bill Veeck—among the fans, I received a lot of positive feedback, along with a lot of great ideas for songs,” Faust remembered.

She soon realized she could play specific songs that related to each player.

After Caray referred to Frank Howard as “Too big to be a man, not big enough to be a horse,” Faust played “I Feel the Earth Move Under My Feet.” She once played “Jesus Christ Superstar” for Dick Allen and, after he homered when the song was played, the song stuck. Harold Baines, known for his quiet, almost shy demeanor, earned “He’s So Shy.”

You’ll notice Faust’s impact around the league, with organists like the Braves’ Matthew Kaminski, or the Red Sox’s Josh Kantor following in Faust’s footsteps. But what she was doing at the time was inventing the proto walk-up song.

“Now you call it walk-up music,” Faust said. “I just played intro music for whoever was coming up to bat.”


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   1. Walt Davis Posted: July 23, 2019 at 06:06 PM (#5864324)
One time the Shea organist greeted Chipper with "Me and Mrs Jones." Best thing the Mets have ever done.
   2. Itchy Row Posted: July 23, 2019 at 06:24 PM (#5864327)
“I think we started to fool around with recorded music for players in 1990,” Mariners senior vice president of marketing and communications Kevin Martinez said. “We were doing these instrumentals -- almost like an organist, if you will. We weren’t playing lyrical songs. We had Jeff Leonard in 1990 -- “The Hit Man,” obviously with the Giants in the World Series. But he came to the plate, and we would just play the sting or theme from Dragnet. DUM DA NA NUM,” Martinez sang, laughing.

I was rooting for Penitentiary Face and the Giants to win the NLCS in 1987, but Leonard was a Mariner by the 1989 World Series.
   3. Howie Menckel Posted: July 23, 2019 at 09:41 PM (#5864376)
One time the Shea organist greeted Chipper with "Me and Mrs Jones." Best thing the Mets have ever done.

Chipper loved all of it.

he named his kid Shea, no lie.

once said he was kind of glad the Braves lost to that Piazza HR in the first game back after 9-11.

he has been on the Mets local radio station a few times to talk about old times.

said he was "kind of" rooting for the Mets to win a World Series in 2015 (deGrom is from his hometown, and he went to Stetson where Chipper's godfather is coach and where his parents went to school).

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