Howie Newman penned his first baseball song in 1974 ("Traded," a lament of Tug McGraw's trade to the Philles) and he's still going at it.
Sports Illustrated recognized the unique quality of his baseball music with a piece in the magazine's Scorecard section in 1978 (right).
At the time, baseball songs were something of a rarity. This is no longer the case.
Suitably inspired, Howie released Baseball’s Greatest Hits, Volume 1, a vinyl EP, in 1979. It is believed to be the first album consisting solely of original baseball songs (well, at least he believes it).
For the most part, his baseball music is funny and satirical, yet it embraces an authentic understanding
of the sport.
Although many songwriters have since followed suit,
few have approached his wit and fond appreciation of the grand ol' game.
After all, the man was a sportswriter for 18 years, covering two World Series and numerous playoff
games as well as a myriad of other events.
He also provided color commentary for the Lowell Spinners, a Boston Red Sox farm team, on WCAP radio from 2009-11.
Howie followed up with Baseball's Greatest Hits, Volume 2 in 2008. His most recent album, When You're Happy, includes "The Ballad of Mike Hessman," a song about a player who set the minor league record for career home runs.
Click here for more information and to listen to the song.
Howie also wrote and recorded "Mustang Mania,"
the official fight song of the 1978 Southern Methodist University football team. MORE INFO
SPORTS ILLUSTRATED July 3, 1978
For libraries, senior centers and other groups, Howie offers a special baseball show, which includes baseball songs, baseball trivia and stories about his days as a sportswriter on the Red Sox beat. The show also includes a section about his Dump the DH campaign.
For additional information, click here.
Below is information about Baseball's Greatest Hits, Volumes 1 and 2, which are available on CD and mp3. Baseball's Greatest Hits, Volume 3, is expected to be released in 2022
Baseball's Greatest Hits, Volume 2
Read the feature story on mlb.com.
Why Did You Go, Johnny Damon?
It's the End of the Curse and We Know It (R.E.M. parody)
Blasted in the Bleachers (studio version)
Released in May 2008, this collection of funny baseball songs has received airplay in Boston,
Chicago, Detroit, Seattle, Kansas City, Miami and Philadelphia.
"Mendoza Line" is being hailed as one of the greatest baseball songs of all time. The CD has been accepted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame Archive in Cooperstown, N.Y.
Baseball's Greatest Hits, Volume 1
Utility Infielder Blues
Wait Until Next Year
Blasted in the Bleachers (live version)
Baseball's Greatest Hits, Volume 1, originally released as a vinyl disc in 1979, is believed to be the very first album of funny original baseball songs.
It has received airplay on National Public Radio and the nationally syndicated Dr. Demento show as well as many radio and television stations across the country.
Reissued as a CD in 2001, BGH1 has also been accepted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame
Archive in Cooperstown, N.Y.