Howie Newman
MUSIC, COMEDY and MORE
THE BALLAD OF MIKE HESSMAN
                      (Minor League Home Run King)
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Words and music by Howie Newman
(C) 2016 Howie Newman     Chin Music (BMI)
PERSONNEL
Howie Newman
acoustic guitar
lead and backup vocals
harmonica
Tim Ray
piano
Rob Ignazio
bass, electric guitar
Todd Glacy
drums
If you mention Mike Hessman
That name might not ring a bell
But he’s a legend in his own right
With a grand story to tell

He hit more home runs
Than any minor leaguer ever did
It took dedication, heart and soul
And a ton of gri
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Chorus
He just kept playing ’cause he loved it, living out his dream
Playing baseball for a living ever since he was eighteen
The years flew by just like the wind, he never lost that thirst
Becoming minor league home run king was a blessing and curse
It started out in Macon, young Mike just had no fear
Nineteen ninety seven, he hit 21 that year
Danville, Greenville, Myrtle Beach along the way
The homers kept a-coming on the road to Triple-A

The year that Mike tuned 30, he was still in Triple-A
Then 31 and 32, the time just slipped away
He played in Mexico and Japan, Venezuela, too
Sixteen teams in 20 years 'til fin'lly he was through

Bridge
Did Mike ever make the majors? The answer is yes
He had cups of coffee with the Braves, the Tigers and the Mets
Fourteen big-league homers, five seasons in the show
With a little luck, he might've stuck. I guess we’ll never know