Baseball and Music: The Best of Both Worlds

Ryan SmithCorrespondent IDecember 18, 2008

If you’ve read my bio, then you would know that one of my hobbies is listening to classic rock music. I am going to exercise that hobby here. I am going to name the Jimi Hendrixes and Jimmy Pages of baseball.


1. Hank Aaron (Jimi Hendrix- Jimi Hendrix Experience)


In my opinion, Jimi Hendrix was the greatest guitar player ever. Aaron and Hendrix have a few things in common. For one, they were both passed by teams (or in Hendrix’s case, producers), and each is in his respective Hall of Fame. While Hendrix’s career did not last long, Aaron enjoyed a long career with many MLB records in his pocket.



2. Babe Ruth (Eric Clapton- Yardbirds, Cream, Derek & the Dominos, Solo)


Ah, Babe Ruth, the “Great Bambino." They were both very serious about their futures. Clapton was serious about his music while Ruth practically breathed baseball. They are also arguably the best in their profession. They are also both Hall of Famers.



3. Ted Williams (Jimmy Page- Led Zeppelin, Yardbirds)


You can’t really compare any ballplayer and guitarist batter than this. Both of these people are considered the most influential men in their professions. They were both inducted into a Hall of Fame twice, Page into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame with the Yardbirds and Led Zeppelin and Williams into the Baseball Hall of Fame and IGFA Fishing Hall of Fame.



4. Lou Gehrig (Angus Young- AC/DC)


Both Gehrig and Young have one major thing in common, but you have to know things about both. First of all, Gehrig was a great student, while Young wears schoolboy uniform outfits on stage (if you don’t understand, it’s okay). They also remained loyal to one team/band throughout their entire careers. As the other so far on the list, they are both in the Hall of Fame.



5. Ed Delahanty (Eddie Van Halen- Van Halen)


No, I did not pick Ed Delahanty because he was a Phillie. I picked him because Van Halen and him both have something in common…they both have had relatives with the same profession. But not just one, more than one. Van Halen, his son, and brother are currently members of Van Halen. Delahanty had four brothers play baseball. They were both very dedicated.



6. Ty Cobb (Jeff Beck- Yardbirds, Jeff Beck Group)


These two fit well together because they both had massive tempers. While Cobb would get into fights with fans, umpires, and other players, Beck got into arguments with band members.



7. Cy Young (John Fogerty- Creedence Clearwater Revival, Solo)


Young and Fogerty were both country boys. While Fogerty played southern style rock music, Young worked on his father’s farm. Also, Fogerty sings the song “Centerfield,” which is often played at baseball games. They are both Hall of Famers.



8. Joe DiMaggio (Duane Allman- Allman Brothers Band)


Like Eddie Van Halen and Ed Delahanty, DiMaggio and Allman have had relatives in the same profession. DiMaggio had two brothers, Dom and Vince, while Allman’s brother Gregg was also in the Allman Brothers Band. DiMaggio is in the Baseball Hall of Fame, whereas both Allmans are in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.  



9. Barry Bonds (Joe Perry- Aerosmith, Joe Perry Project)


The main comparison between Bonds and Perry is that they both have gotten into deep trouble; Bonds with steroids, Perry with too much partying and drugs. But besides all of this, both of them were great at what they did.



10. “Smokey” Joe Wood (Tony Iommi- Black Sabbath, Jethro Tull, Heaven and Hell)


This matchup I chose because both were injured and tried to stay in the game. After an accident, Iommi lost the tips of two fingers on his right hand. He learned how to play left handed and became successful. Wood wasn’t as lucky. He broke his thumb and never fully recovered. He tried being a position player but wasn’t very successful.