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July 16, 2007
LONG BEFORE Mets outfielder Lastings Milledge rapped, baseball was inspiring songs like Let's Get the Umpire's Goat and Home Run Bill. (It begins: "Bill Johnson was a swatter on a Bush League nine.") The Baseball Songbook is a homely collection of 41 ditties written between 1867 and 1922. It includes sheet music, background stories, photos and a CD of author Jerry Silverman—who has also written a folk song encyclopedia—performing his selections. It's a sweet, simple book that hearkens to a sweeter, simpler time.
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July 16, 2007

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LONG BEFORE Mets outfielder Lastings Milledge rapped, baseball was inspiring songs like Let's Get the Umpire's Goat and Home Run Bill. (It begins: " Bill Johnson was a swatter on a Bush League nine.") The Baseball Songbook is a homely collection of 41 ditties written between 1867 and 1922. It includes sheet music, background stories, photos and a CD of author Jerry Silverman—who has also written a folk song encyclopedia—performing his selections. It's a sweet, simple book that hearkens to a sweeter, simpler time.

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