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The newspaper of The Johns Hopkins University August 18, 2008 | Vol. 37 No. 42
Baseball Song Parody Lands Pair in New Book

By Greg Rienzi
The Gazette

A 26-year-old parody of "Take Me Out to the Ball Game" has landed two Johns Hopkins employees a spot in a new book chronicling the history of the famous baseball anthem.

In the book, Baseball's Greatest Hit: The Story of Take Me Out to the Ball Game, the authors single out the "Bruce Springstone" rendition of the song by Craig Hankin, Homewood Art Workshops director, and Tom Chalkley, an instructor in the Homewood Art Workshops. Hankin and Chalkley's arrangement of the timeless tune, which turned 100 years old this year, appeared on their 1982 novelty single, "Bruce Springstone: Live at Bedrock." It was selected by the book's authors as one of 16 rare and classic renditions of the song and was also included on a CD accompanying the book.

Chalkley and Hankin created Bruce Springstone in the spring of 1982. According to Chalkley, the idea came from a party during which he was singing a song in the style of "The Boss."

The single was released by Clean Cuts Records. The A-Side features "Bedrock Rap/Meet the Flintstones," a parody of Bruce Springsteen singing the Flintstones' theme song; the B-side is a Springsteenesque arrangement of "Take Me Out to the Ball Game" with Chalkley on lead vocals and Hankin on rhythm guitar. "Live at Bedrock" has been played on hundreds of radio stations in the United States and in 14 countries around the globe.

"Take Me Out to the Ball Game" was written in 1908 by Jack Norworth. His words, written on a scrap of paper during a train ride, were later set to music by Albert Von Tilzer.


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