"Baseball's troubadour poet laureate...Chuck combines his gift for lyrics and melody with his love for baseball history and culture,
and in the process creates a new chapter in the
folklore of our national pastime."
-Tim Wiles, Director of Research Emeritus
National Baseball Hall of Fame
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CHUCK'S BASEBALL CONCERT PHOTOS
Chuck Brodsky has the kind of love for baseball that helps people like me nourish the passion for what we do. For what seems like forever, I’ve been lucky enough to run into him on his annual spring-training pilgrimage with his dad, Frank. And there’s a certain glow they radiate on those sparkling spring afternoons that says it all – about fathers and sons, and about the way baseball on a March afternoon can bond them together in a way nothing else can. But luckily for all of us, Chuck Brodsky has more than just a love for baseball. He has a special gift that makes life brighter for all of us who share that love. In my job at ESPN and ESPN.com, I’m fortunate enough to get to tell baseball stories for a living. But I’m envious of Chuck, because he can do more than merely tell baseball stories. He can turn those stories into unforgettable five-minute musical pearls that draw you in, embed themselves in your head and keep your foot tapping, just the way his does when he sings them. I’ve always been amazed that more songwriters didn’t see what Chuck sees – the incredible, moving, real-life tales that baseball produces every day of every year. But fortunately, he has an eye for the best of those tales, the ear for so many gorgeous melodies to wrap them in and the talent to turn them into his own unique form of musical magic. I’ve been listening to his amazing baseball tunes for over a decade. And I couldn’t be happier that he’s bestowed us with another fantastic supply of songs that can keep us grinning, and thinking, for another decade – and beyond.
- Jayson Stark, Senior Baseball Writer, ESPN.com
FOREWORDS FOR THE BASEBALL BALLADS
"One of the great things about baseball, as Casey Stengel said, is that anything you want to know about the game's rich history can be found. "You could look it up," Casey said, and it is my job to do so. Along with several other individuals, my job here at the Hall of Fame Library is to look up baseball things for people. One day the phone rang and a voice on the other end said: "Hi. What do you know about Eddie Klepp?" Those were the first words Chuck Brodsky ever spoke to me. I responded that I'd never heard of Klepp, so Chuck started telling me that Klepp was the only white man who ever played in the Negro Leagues. Talk about an intriguing premise! I promised to send him whatever I could find, and then asked him, out of curiosity, what his interest in Klepp was. Was he writing a screenplay or a poem or something? "Actually, it's something like that," Chuck replied. "I'm a folksinger and I'd like to write a song about him."
That's when I proposed to Chuck what I consider one of the greatest trades in baseball history. I would, without charge, send him all the info I could, if he would send along the finished song for the Hall's library collection. Chuck said that he would, and also that he'd send a copy of another baseball song he'd written, about an aging pitcher known as "Lefty." Before too long, we'd set up the first of several gigs for Chuck, the first folksinger ever to play the Baseball Hall of Fame. Chuck finds the intriguing and offbeat baseball stories that need to be told, as in the case of Eddie Klepp, or retold and interpreted, as in the case of Fred "Bonehead" Merkle, forever remembered not for his great skill, but for a trick play pulled on him in his rookie season.
Chuck combines his gift for lyrics and melody with his love for baseball history and culture, and in the process creates a new chapter in the folklore of our national pastime. Through all of his story-songs shines Brodsky's love of life, its sometimes dark humor, and its most glorious game - baseball. These nine songs are the fulfillment of a dream for baseball's troubadour poet laureate, and also for one of his biggest fans. I have only one suggestion to make for Chuck: extra innings! Encore! And hey, if you like this music, check out Chuck's four other CDs. While he's a great baseball writer, his non-baseball stuff is also very compelling. If you get a chance, see him live; he'll blow you away. Lastly, if there's an Eddie Klepp you'd like to know about in baseball history, give me a call. "
-Tim Wiles, Director of Research Emeritus, National Baseball Hall of Fame Library, Cooperstown, NY
CHUCK'S BASEBALL BIO
Chuck Brodsky was born and raised in Philadelphia, and even though he now lives in the mountains of North Carolina, his blood still runs Phillies red. A folk singer and songwriter, Brodsky performs in concert all across North America, Ireland, and Europe throughout the year. The Baseball Ballads and The Baseball Ballads 2 each contain nine of his celebrated songs about the National Pastime and its colorful, off-beat cast of characters. Chuck has performed three times at the National Baseball Hall of Fame, and eighteen of his Baseball story songs have been enshrined in the Hall of Fame’s sound recording library. He has also performed at the Cincinnati Reds Hall of Fame. The Ballad of Eddie Klepp, about the first white man to play in the Negro Leagues, has been heard on NPR’s Morning Edition and was the inspiration for a feature story about Klepp in The Washington Post. It was listed by Sports Illustrated magazine as being among the 25 Greatest Songs About Sports of All–Time (2012).
Chuck and his song about Richie Allen, Letters in the Dirt, were featured in an article that appeared in The Philadelphia Daily News. His beloved Philadelphia Phillies featured his song “Whitey & Harry” along with an interview with Chuck in the documentary film about their legendary Hall of Fame player, "Richie Ashburn: A Baseball Life." The PBS film “Jews and Baseball: An American Love Story” (2010) featured his Moe Berg: The Song. Since releasing The Baseball Ballads 2 Chuck has recorded and released four more Baseball songs, and is currently working on more songs for a third volume of The Baseball Ballads.