Saturday Single No. 37

Originally posted October 20, 2007

I’ll be brief this morning as I have company coming and need to finish preparations.

I wrote last spring about the annual tabletop hockey tournament I host, when my friends Rick, Rob and Schultz show up and we laugh and play hockey. Well, today is the day of the other annual event for the four of us: The St. Cloud Strat-O-Matic Classic.

As many of you likely know, Strat-O-Matic is a tabletop baseball game in which players perform reasonably close to how they played in real life. Our format is simple: Each of us chooses two teams from baseball history from Rob’s vast collection of baseball teams. Two rounds of single-elimination narrow the field to two, and we play a best-of-three championship series.

This year, the teams will be: the 1927 Yankees and 1954 Giants for Schultz, the 1980 Phillies and 1990 Athletics for Rick, the 2006 Twins and the 1975 Reds for me, and the 1953 Dodgers and the defending champion 1922 St. Louis Browns for Rob. Of the eight teams, the Browns are the only one that did not, historically, win its league or division; they finished second to the Yankees, but the Browns are a formidable team. We’re going to have a difficult time dislodging them from their championship.

(For those wondering about the existence of the Browns, they played in St. Louis from 1902 through 1953 and won one American League pennant, in 1944. They moved to Baltimore in 1954 and became the Orioles.)

I’m off to prepare the apartment for some baseball. In honor of the event, though, I thought I’d find a version of the song that was appropriate for the way Rick, Schultz and I felt last year after Rob’s St. Louis Browns took the title.

So here, from an album called River of Song, a Musical Journey (a companion piece to a PBS documentary about various cultures and their music along the Mississippi River), are Ann Peebles and the Memphis Horns with their 1997 version of “St. Louis Blues,” today’s Saturday Single.

Ann Peebles & The Memphis Horns – “St. Louis Blues” [1997]

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