Picks and Pans Review: For the Record
>BASEBALL'S GREATEST HITS: LET'S PLAY II A sequel to the winning 1989 set of baseball-oriented records, this one includes Sam and Dave's "Knock It Out of the Park," "Will You Be Ready (At the Plate When Jesus Throws the Ball)" by Elmo and Patsy and an overwrought sermo, "The Game for All America (A Definition of Baseball)" by Tiger announcer Ernie Harwell. Best, though, is 1957's "Let's Keep the Dodgers in Brooklyn," in which comic Phil Foster notes that without the team. Brooklyn would be: "Like a bed without a pillow/ Without Erskine and Furillo" and "Like a ship without a harbor/ Without Hodges and the Barber." Composers Rev Ross, Bill Persky and Sam Denoff also urged, "Send the Phils to Trenton/ The Giants to St. Paul/ But keep the Bums in Brooklyn/ The greatest borough of all." Foster is great; the tune is funny. It didn't work. (Rhino)
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