Baseball Song of the Week: Catfish by Bob Dylan
Hundreds of artists have written songs about baseball over the years -- from The Beastie Boys to The Boss to Bob Dylan. During offseason Fridays, we'll be highlighting our favorite tunes to send you into the weekend. This week: Bob Dylan's Catfish
There have been songs about Joe DiMaggio, Mickey Mantle and Willie Mays, but this one about Catfish Hunter is just as good -- mostly because Bob Dylan sang it.
It won't pump you up, and you won't hear it in any stadium around the league. It's a folk tune with a Southern twang.
The song tells the simple story of a man that made it off Charlie O. Finley's farm to the mound at Yankee Stadium. A Hall of Famer who won 25 games in 1974 -- the same year the song was recorded. It tells the tale of James Augustus Hunter because "nobody can throw the ball like Catfish can."
-- Matt Monagan / MLB.com
Previously on Song of the Week: John Fogerty's Centerfield