Films on Friday: Negro Leagues Musical


This musical looks awesome!

 

Happy Friday!

~ baseballrebecca

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Baseball Exhibits in 2019


1547480147808It seems like there is always an interesting baseball exhibit at some non-baseball museum or library. Unfortunately, I often miss them. This year, however, I vow to at least get to the ones in Washington, DC. Here are the ones I’ve found so far:

Also on display this year are a few baseball-related exhibits. Through March 10 you can see the exhibit “A Whole Different Ball Game: Playing Through 60 Years of Sports Video Games,” at the Museum of the Moving Image in Astoria, NY.  Currently, the Hershey Story Museum in Hershey, PA, has an exhibit on Hershey operations in Cuba, which includes photos and artifacts from the Hershey Sport Club baseball team and the baseball diamond built for company employees in Cuba.

In addition, two baseball-related museums are set to open this year: the Jackie Robinson Museum is scheduled to open in December in New York, and the National Bobblehead Hall of Fame and Museum also expects to open in Milwaukee, WI, this year.

And you may as well mark your calendars now for “Latinos and Baseball: In the Barrios and the Big Leagues,” which will open at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History in Washington, DC, in 2020.

~ baseballrebecca

 

 

Baseball and Aretha Franklin


Aretha Franklin passed away earlier today in her home in Detroit. The Queen of Soul sang the National Anthem at not one, but two World Series, and gave us this amazing version of “Take Me Out to the Ballgame:”

 

In 2013, Aretha Franklin was awarded the Beacon of Change Award by Major League Baseball.

Thank you for your contributions to the world and, especially, to baseball – may you rest in peace, Ms. Franklin.

~ baseballrebecca

The Electric Slugger


indexWhat do the symphony and baseball have to do with one another? Apparently, a lot. Glenn Donnellan is a violinist with the National Symphony Orchestra in Washington, D.C. He is also the inventor of the “Electric Slugger,” which is kind of a violin made from a baseball bat. Last night he played the National Anthem on it at Nationals Park.

Here’s a clip of him performing the Anthem at Camden Yards in 2011:

Here he is at Nats Park a few years ago discussing his unique musical instrument:

 

This is so amazingly cool. Just another example of how baseball, music, and art influence one another…

Happy Friday!

~ baseballrebecca