More than four decades ago, Howie Newman released
Baseball’s Greatest Hits, Volume 1. 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.

SPORTSWRITING CAREER

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.  


MUSICAL BASEBALL SHOW
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.
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 2

Read the feature story on mlb.com.

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TRACKS
Why Did You Go, Johnny Damon?
Weekend Warrior
Mendoza Line
It's the End of the Curse and We Know It (R.E.M. parody)
Doug Mientkiewicz
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

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TRACKS
AstroTurf
Utility Infielder Blues
Wait Until Next Year
Traded
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.

BASEBALL SONGS

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