Take Me Out to the Ball Game: A Celebration of Music and Baseball
Every spring, WFMT host Carl Grapentine curates and presents music in his morning program that celebrates opening day of the baseball season. Grapentine and producer Michael San Gabino condensed these musical selections into an hour-long program that honors the great American pastime in Take Me Out to the Ball Game: A Celebration of Music and Baseball.
In addition to some interpretations of the popular tune “Take Me Out to the Ball Game,” Carl features an array of music that is inspired by the beloved sport, including selections from the films Field of Dreams and The Natural, a musical rendition of the Ernest Thayer poem “Casey at the Bat” with narrator James Earl Jones, the rousing Sousa march “The National Game,” and a hilarious Shakespearean baseball game skit featuring the comedic duo Wayne and Shuster.
The program also highlights some of the famous voices from the rich history of the game, including announcers Mel Allen, Harry Caray, and Russ Hodges, as well as players such as Ernie Banks and Lou Gehrig. For baseball aficionados and novices alike, you will want to “play ball” after listening to Take Me Out to the Ball Game: A Celebration of Music and Baseball.
Carl Grapentine joined WFMT in 1986 and has been the host of WFMT’s morning program since 1996. He gives pre-concert lectures for the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Lyric Opera of Chicago, Music of the Baroque, and many other arts organizations. An alumnus of the University of Michigan School of Music, Carl has been the stadium voice of the Michigan Marching Band since 1970. His voice has been heard on national telecasts of 16 Rose Bowls and numerous other bowl games. In 2006, he became the game announcer at Michigan Stadium. Carl has sung the national anthem at Wrigley Field, U.S. Cellular Field, and several other sports venues.