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These songs may not rank with the All-Stars—but that doesn't make them any less fun
1 That Last Home Run
McKinley Mitchell (1974)
Written by the great bluesman Willie Dixon and performed by fellow blues traveler Mitchell, this tune honored Hank Aaron's pursuit of Babe Ruth's home run record. Dixon was outside Cincinnati's Riverfront Stadium hawking copies when Aaron hit his record-tying 714th in 1974.
2 Hit Someone (The Hockey Song)
Warren Zevon (2002)
This bruising ballad was cowritten by Detroit Free Press columnist Mitch Albom, who apparently wasn't softened up by his Tuesdays with Morrie. That voice yelling, "Hit someone!" in the chorus is David Letterman's.
3 Day We Lost the America's Cup
Tom Paxton (1985)
A wry folkie put-down of yachting and the bourgeoisie that asks a man on the street about the loss of the Cup. He responds, "Did we lose the saucer too?"