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 for leading Creedence Clearwater Revival, Fogerty will perform at the sport’s shrine on July 25, the weekend when thousands of fans will jam the upstate New York village to see the inductions of Andre Dawson, Whitey Herzog and Doug Harvey.
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The song mentions three Hall of Famers – Ty Cobb, Joe DiMaggio and “Say Hey Willie” Mays. All of them center fielders, naturally.
“I remember that for me, the center of the universe was center field at Yankee Stadium. This is when I was a little boy,” Fogerty said. “Through my own lore, the way I was kind of filtering this faraway dream, it seemed that the coolest place. The No. 1 guy seemed to be a center fielder, and he seemed to play in Yankee Stadium.”
RANGERS FILE FOR BANKRUPTCY
The Texas Rangers have filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in an effort to spur completion of the stalled $575 million sale of the team – and maybe clear the decks for the new owners to make pennant-chasing decisions this summer.
The bankruptcy filing Monday comes four months after Tom Hicks announced an agreement to sell the team to a group led by Hall of Fame pitcher and team president Nolan Ryan and Pittsburgh attorney Chuck Greenberg.
Under the plan that will be the subject of a court hearing today, the Rangers would fully pay the $75 million of the club’s debt tied up in Hicks’ financially strapped ownership group. That would remove the team from the additional claims by creditors that have stalled the sale.
A 21-page filing in U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Fort Worth included the top 30 unsecured creditors, a list headed by Alex Rodriguez, who is owed $24.9 million in deferred compensation six years after he was traded away from the team.
The next five on the list are also current or former players: Kevin Millwood ($12.9 million), Michael Young ($3.9 million), Vicente Padilla ($1.7 million), Mickey Tettleton ($1.4 million) and Mark McLemore ($970,000).
YOGI GETS HIS OWN STATUE
In addition to a spot in the Hall of Fame, 10 World Series championship rings and a museum in his honor, New York Yankees great Yogi Berra is going to get something else – a statue.
The Yogi Berra Museum and Learning Center announced it would erect a bronze statue of the beloved baseball catcher in front of the museum in Little Falls, N.J.