Here's your reminder that Bob Dylan once wrote a song about Catfish Hunter
Bob Dylan, who turns 75 today, is a baseball fan. OK, we don't have any pictures of him throwing out a first pitch or sporting a cap at any major public event, but we know he cares. He cares so much he wrote an entire song dedicated to Catfish Hunter, name-checking Reggie Jackson and Billy Martin along the way:
But that's not the only connection Bobby has to baseball (fine, he's turning 75, we probably shouldn't call him Bobby). In 2004 and 2009, along with Willie Nelson and John Mellencamp, Dylan toured Minor League parks across the country.
And it doesn't end there. Did you know Bob Dylan is in the Hall of Fame? Well, sort of -- in 2006, the Hall added an episode from his satellite radio show, "Theme Time Radio Hour," to its archives. The episode, unsurprisingly, is called "Baseball," and it features Dylan's spoken-word rendition of "Take Me Out to the Ball Game," as well as many other baseball songs that should probably join the ballpark organ rotation. You can listen to it here.
Oh, speaking of songs -- don't forget to sing "Happy Birthday" to Dylan today … if you know him and he won't be creeped out by it, that is.