November 1, 2016

NEITHER OF WHICH IS HIS GREATEST SONG:

The Jewish folk singer who gave Chicago Cubs fans 2 anthems (GABE FRIEDMAN, November 1, 2016, JTA)

Goodman's two Cubs songs were closely linked to each other. Dallas Green, who became the team's general manager in the early 1980s, was said to have hated "A Dying Cub Fan's Last Request" with a passion. It was rumored that Goodman made "Go Cubs Go," which was commissioned by the local radio station WGN, as saccharine as possible as a light jab at Green. The song's simple chorus caught on, and the tune is now played at Wrigley Field after every Cubs win there.

Goodman might have never achieved mainstream name recognition, but he did end up writing songs for the likes of John Prine and Jimmy Buffett. However, he never got to see his team win it all on the baseball diamond. If the Cubs manage to bring home a championship, let's hope Goodman hears about it in the "Heavenly Hall of Fame."

Posted by at November 1, 2016 3:43 PM

  

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