"Music is a moral law. It gives soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination, and charm and gaiety to life and to everything."
"Kirk Gibson's home run during the World Series for the Los Angeles Dodgers, reaching out over the plate to hit it -- and him hobbling around the bases and pumping his fist. What an unbelievable moment."
-- Tony Rose , Reynoldsburg, OH, from CNN Sports on the greatest 20 moments in televised sports moments.
The hometown paper had previewed the World Series in 1988 with a prediction. The Los Angeles Dodgers may as well stay home. They were going to be rapidly over-powered by a team of giants from up the coast: the Oakland Athletics.
I was in Dodger Stadium when the gimpy Gibson crushed the destiny of the 1988 Oakland A's and the "Bash Brothers" Jose Canseco and Mark McGwire with a single swipe of the bat.
In the interest of full disclosure, my brother-in-law was a relief pitcher with the Oakland team. And to see someone you love, someone who is a good and decent person perform at that level is a personal thrill that defies description. That being said, aside from the personal connection, my greatest sports memory was not about sports. It was about music.
It was one year at Anaheim Stadium. Fourth of July. My husband and I had a tailgate party with Marshall Hill and Karla Adams. We were strolling in to the stadium when we heard a voice that stopped my heart. There was a young man in jeans and a baseball jacket who sang the National Anthem like I have never heard it sung before or since. We had no idea who he was. But I called the Angel's press department first thing the next day to find out.
I invite you to click on the line below and hear one of the great baritones of our time. The incomparable Davis Gaines
YouTube - Song on the Sand - La Cage - Davis Gaines