MLB to honor Fogerty’s song

Published 1:10 am Tuesday, May 25, 2010

NEW YORK — John Fogerty’s “Centerfield” has logged more time in baseball stadiums than most Hall of Famers. Now, the classic song is about to get its due in Cooperstown.

The Baseball Hall of Fame said that “Centerfield” will be honored at this summer’s induction ceremonies, the first time a musician or a song has been celebrated as a part of the festivities.

“As a little boy I loved baseball. I dreamed about being a major league player. Of course it didn’t work out that way. But to be associated at all, in any way, is a wonderful honor,” he said.

Already in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Fogerty will perform the song at the sport’s shrine on July 25. That weekend, thousands of fans will jam a field in the upstate village to see star Andre Dawson, manager Whitey Herzog and umpire Doug Harvey be inducted. Dawson, in fact, roamed center field quite a bit during his career.

“Centerfield” marks its 25th anniversary this year, and it has been woven into the game’s fabric ever since its debut. Many clubs in the majors and minors have played it at their parks, either when their teams take the field or in-between innings.

The song features a chorus of: “Oh, put me in coach, I’m ready to play, today.”

Plus, it mentions three Hall of Famers — Ty Cobb, Joe DiMaggio and “Say Hey Willie” Mays. All of them center fielders, naturally.