Mrs. Bodell and the Home Run Polka

Photo courtesy of the Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division

“The Home Run Polka” was composed by Mrs. Bodell of Washington, DC., in 1867, and was “Respectfully dedicated to the National Base Ball Club of Washington, D.C.” You can find the sheet music at the Library of Congress, and check out the video below which includes the song.

I couldn’t find any information on Mrs. Bodell, but I wonder if she was a baseball fan. But we know women’s baseball has been around for a long time, as so have women baseball fans.

According to DCist, the National Baseball Club of Washington, DC (also know as the Nationals), was made up of players who “were mostly government clerks from the Treasury, the IRS, and auditors’ offices. Their first games were played somewhere on Capitol Hill, but in 1865, they moved to a field in front of the White House (where the Ellipse is today). They competed in a tournament there, which attracted some pretty high profile fans.” One of those fans was President Andrew Johnson.

But I like to think another one of their fans was Mrs. Bodell.

Happy Women’s History Month!

~ baseballrebecca

Best of the Week: 7/28/2019 – 8/3/2019

The Washington Nationals and their fans are used to Gerardo Parra’s walk-up music by now, but apparently the Atlanta Braves’ Freddie Freeman is not. During Monday’s game, Freeman’s response was priceless:

I’m sure he also appreciates the fact that the tune is probably now stuck in his head, too. You’re welcome, Freddie.

~ baseballrebecca 




Llévame al juego de beisbol

On Sunday we went to see Las Piñatas de Erie (also know as the Erie SeaWolves) at Los Cangrejos Fantasmas de Chesapeake (also known as the Bowie Baysox) in Bowie’s first Copa de la Diversión game of the season. During the 7th Inning Stretch, we sang “Take Me Out to the Ballgame” in Spanish. It was awesome!

So that you can sing along when you attend a Copa game, I’ve posted the lyrics below and a version to sing along with!

~ baseballrebecca

Llévame al juego de beisbol

Llévame a la multitud

Compremos manies y unos cracker jack

No me importa si vuelvo jamás

Apoyemos a nuestro equipo

Y si no ganan también

Porque es un, dos, tres y ponchado en el juego de beisbol

(y repitan)

And to be truly bilingual:

Missing Baseball?

Seems like there are no MLB games scheduled for tonight. It’s been two days since the All-Star game, and the Triple A and Eastern League all-star games were yesterday. So what are we supposed to do tonight?

There are probably chores to do, books to read, or other things that we could be doing. But if you need a baseball fix, why not listen to The Baseball Project? (One of the most awesomest bands ever!) Since the All-Star Game was in Miami, and since Pitbull sang before the home run derby, I figured the Baseball Project’s song about Cuban baseball defectors was appropriate.


~ 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

Spring Training in Louisiana

Spring Training is almost here! In anticipation, I’ve included a link to the song, “Spring Training in New Orleans,” by The Baseball Project:


The cool thing about The Baseball Project is that they really know their baseball history! So, when did Spring Training take place in New Orleans? According to the Baseball Almanac, several MLB teams held Spring Training in towns across Louisiana between 1902 and 1939, including the St. Louis Browns, the Brooklyn Dodgers, and the New York Yankees:

Years Team City
1902-03 Cleveland New Orleans, Louisiana
1903 St. Louis Browns Baton Rouge, Louisiana
1903-04 Detroit Shreveport, Louisiana
1905 Philadelphia Athletics Shreveport, Louisiana
1905-06 Chicago White Sox New Orleans, Louisiana
1907 Chicago Cubs New Orleans, Louisiana
1908 St. Louis Browns Shreveport, Louisiana
1908-09 Philadelphia Athletics New Orleans, Louisiana
1910-11 Cleveland Alexandria, Louisiana
1911-12 Detroit Monroe, Louisiana
1911-12 Chicago Cubs New Orleans, Louisiana
1914-15 Cincinnati Reds Alexandria, Louisiana
1916-17 Cincinnati Reds Shreveport, Louisiana
1916-20 Cleveland New Orleans, Louisiana
1918 St. Louis Browns Shreveport, Louisiana
1920-21 Philadelphia Athletics Lake Charles, Louisiana
1921 Brooklyn Dodgers New Orleans, Louisiana
1921 Yankees Shreveport, Louisiana
1922-24 Yankees New Orleans, Louisiana
1925-27 Boston New Orleans, Louisiana
1925-28 Chicago White Sox Shreveport, Louisiana
1928-39 Cleveland New Orleans, Louisiana
1938-39 New York Giants Baton Rouge, Louisiana
1938-39 Philadelphia Athletics Lake Charles, Louisiana

Of course, Louisiana isn’t the only state that hosted Spring Training prior to today’s Grapefruit and Cactus Leagues. Cities from California to Massachusetts have hosted Spring Training, as well as Bermuda, Cuba, Mexico, and the Dominican Republic. We’ll look at a few more over the next few weeks as we anxiously await the 2016 season.

~ baseballrebecca