Wednesday, August 22, 2007

Go Cubs Go !

In celebration of the Cubs being tied for first place in the NL Central with the Milwaukee Brewers, I thought I should pay a small tribute to Steve Goodman, (July 25, 1948 – September 20, 1984) an American folk music singer-songwriter from Chicago. Goodman wrote and performed many humorous songs about Chicago, including two about the Chicago Cubs: "A Dying Cub Fan's Last Request" and "Go, Cubs, Go".

On September 20, 1984, Goodman died at University of Washington Hospital in Seattle, Washington, his life finally taken by the leukemia from which he had anointed himself with the tongue-in-cheek nickname “Cool Hand Leuk”. He was only 36. Eleven days later, the Chicago Cubs played their first post-season game since 1945; Goodman had been asked to sing "The Star-Spangled Banner" before it; Jimmy Buffett filled in, and dedicated the song to Goodman. Some of Goodman's ashes were scattered at Wrigley Field, the home of the Chicago Cubs. He is survived by his wife and three daughters. (from wiki)

Video for the 2007 season - "Go Cubs Go"

An audio clip and lyrics of "A Dying Cubs Fan's Last Wish" can be found here.

1 comment:

Clay Eals said...

Nice to see your Steve Goodman post. You may be interested in a project of mine, the 800-page biography of Goodman that was published in May and delves deeply into his love of baseball and his two notable Cubs songs. Check out my Internet site at for more info on the book, and feel free to spread the word! Thanks.

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