What is a Sports Song?

Any song performed by an athlete or coach.

Why should I care about Sports Songs?

Sports Songs are kinda like waiting for accidents along the highway. It can be a gruesome experience…..but you just can’t turn away. Many of the performances are so bad they are funny. And that’s why they are great fun.

How long have there been Sports Songs?

In the 1930’s Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig recorded the legendary “Home Run Twins”. In the 1950’s, Mickey Mantle and Willie Mays both recorded hit songs. In the 1960’s, Muhammad Ali, Denny McLain and others released vinyl recordings. In the 1970’s everyone from Terry Bradshaw to Joe Frazier wanted to be singing stars. The 1980’s were dominated by the “Super Bowl Shuffle” and the 1990’s by rap…..Shaquille O’Neal, Jason Kidd and Jimmy Piersall (yea, you read right) all recorded rap songs. And Sports Songs continue in the 21st Century, with Kobe Bryant, Allen Iverson, and Roy Jones, Jr. all releasing songs.

Here is a list of 10 interesting Sports Songs
(in no particular order):

Tonya Harding….. “When We Shared in Each Other’s Lives”…..1995
Terry Bradshaw….. “I’m So Lonesome I Could Cry”…..1976
Jimmy Piersall….. “Thinking Baseball”…..1987
Muhammad Ali….. “Ali and his Gang Vs. Mr. Tooth Decay”…..1976
Kobe Bryant….. “K.O.B.E.”…..2000
Joe Frazier….. “Knock on Wood”…..1973
Stan Musial….. “He’s Got the Whole World in His Hands”…..1994
David Wells….. “OB Trolls”…..2000
Nancy Kerrigan….. “Shining Through”…..1999
Walter Payton and William Perry….. “Together”…..1986

Why do you know so much?

Rick Gieser, who created SportsSongs.com, is a long time Sports Song fan, collecting since 1990. He owns thousands of songs performed by hundreds of athletes. Gieser was a sports producer for WSCR in Chicago and WNDE in Indianapolis. He has worked with ABC Sports, CART, the U.S. Olympic Committee, the Chicago White Sox and the Indiana Pacers. You can hear Rick Gieser on radio and television stations around the country talking about Sports Songs.

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