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Take Me Out to the Ball Game: The Rise and Fall of the Baseball Organist Matthew Mihalka University of Minnesota.

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1 Take Me Out to the Ball Game: The Rise and Fall of the Baseball Organist Matthew Mihalka University of Minnesota

2 It is nonsensical so-called music consisting of dah-dah- dahdah-dah-dah, and increasing in volume as the game progresses... If someone would ask me what could be done to improve big league baseball I would say Take the blankety-blank organs out of all ballparks. – Don Marsh, Los Angeles Times, [Ballpark organists] are a dying breed, replaced each year by another DJ blasting canned rock; squeezed out by M&M races, text message quizzes and all other forms of Jumbotron techno-blather designed, it seems, to entertain bored teenagers and make fans forget where they are. – Melissa Isaacson, Chicago Tribune, 2004.

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6 Hammond B2 Organ

7 Wrigley Field – Chicago, Illinois

8 Ebbets Field – Brooklyn, New York

9 Gladys Goodding

10 Dodgers Sym-Phony

11 Hilda Chester

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13 Comiskey Park Exploding Scoreboard

14 Houston Astrodome Scoreboard

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16 Team Mascots Youppi, Montreal Expos (1979)Phillie Phanatic (1978)Crazy Crab, SF Giants (1984)

17 Disco Demolition

18 Morganna – The Kissing Bandit

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20 KGB Chicken/San Diego Chicken Introduced in 1974

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22 Dodger Stadium Video Board

23 Three Rivers Stadium - Pittsburgh Veterans Stadium - Philadelphia Atlanta-Fulton County Stadium Riverfront Stadium - Cincinnati

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25 Oriole Park at Camden Yards – Baltimore Citizens Bank Park - Philadelphia AT&T Park – San Francisco Comerica Park - Detroit

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27 Kauffman Stadium Scoreboards Old ScoreboardNew HD Scoreboard

28 Fenway Park

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30 Nancy Faust, White Sox Organist

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32 Matthew Kaminski, Braves Organist

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35 Nancy Faust at (Old) Comiskey Park

36 Sue Nelson, Minnesota Twins Organist Metrodome Target Field

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