Baseball Song of the Week: 'Mrs. Robinson' by Simon & Garfunkel
Hundreds of artists have written songs about baseball over the years -- from The Beastie Boys to The Boss to Bob Dylan. During offseason Thursdays and Fridays, we'll be highlighting our favorite tunes to send you into the weekend. This week: Simon & Garfunkel's "Mrs. Robinson."
The mention may be small, but the meaning is great.
At the end of Simon & Garfunkel's 1968 hit, Joe DiMaggio's name is thrown (seemingly out of nowhere) into the mix: "Where have you gone, Joe DiMaggio? / Our nation turns its lonely eyes to you. / What's that you say, Mrs. Robinson? / Joltin' Joe has left and gone away."
But why? Well, Paul Simon was a huge fan and saw The Yankee Clipper as a symbol of grace and solidarity that America had lost during the '60s. These values had "left and gone away." Simon explains the reference more in a 1999 New York Times Op-Ed -- in which he also tells the tale of a funny run-in with the Yanks center fielder.
Below is Simon performing a shortened version of Mrs. Robinson at the old Yankee Stadium shortly after DiMaggio's death. A terrific song highlighting a tremendous ballplayer:
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