40 Perfect Entrance Songs for the Greatest Players in MLB History

Robert Knapel@@RobertKnapel_BRCorrespondent ISeptember 19, 2011

40 Perfect Entrance Songs for the Greatest Players in MLB History

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    When an MLB player steps up to the plate or jogs toward the mound, they do so to an entrance song. These songs get both the players and the fans pumped up.

    Not every player in major league history has had the luxury of walking in to music. In fact, many of the game's greats never had an entrance song to walk in to. Here we offer up a few suggestions for some of the best players in MLB history.

    WARNING: SOME SONGS HAVE EXPLICIT LYRICS

Babe Ruth: Simply the Best by Tina Turner

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    There has been no better player in MLB history than Babe Ruth. He was simply the best that has ever played the game.

    Ruth was not only the best hitter in the MLB but he also had the ability to pitch as well. He is one of baseball's legends.

Lou Gehrig: Iron Man by Black Sabbath

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    Lou Gehrig held the record for most consecutive games played before Cal Ripken Jr. broke his record 56 years later.

    Gehrig was the game's original Iron Man, and this Black Sabbath tune captures that aspect. He was also one of the greatest players to put on a New York Yankees uniform.

Ty Cobb: Like a Boss by Lonely Island

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    Just like Andy Samberg in the office, Ty Cobb was a boss on the baseball field. Cobb was also known for going a bit overboard.

    He once attacked a one-handed heckler. This song seems to fit in perfectly with Cobb's attitude and playing abilities.

Roberto Clemente: My Hero by the Foo Fighters

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    Roberto Clemente was not just outstanding on the field, he was incredible off of the field as well. He not only hit home runs, but he also helped out those in need.

    Clemente tragically perished when the plane that he was traveling on to deliver supplies to earthquake victims in Nicaragua crashed.

Pete Rose: Hustle Hard by Ace Hood

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    Is there any other song that could be more fitting for a player nicknamed "Charlie Hustle"?

    Pete Rose was known on the field not only for his performance, but also for the fact that he went hard on every single play.

Mickey Mantle: Party Rock Anthem by LMFAO

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    On the field, Mickey Mantle was regarded as one of the best switch hitters in baseball history. However, he also made a name for himself off the field.

    Mantle was known for his hard-partying ways and occasionally had issues with the New York City media as a result.

Bob Gibson: Low by Flo-Rida

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    Bob Gibson recorded the lowest ERA in the history of the modern era when he recorded a 1.12 ERA in 1968. This is the record for the live ball era.

    The song could obviously be used to reference Gibson's low ERA and his dominance over the National League. 

Hank Aaron: Power by Kayne West

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    Hank Aaron held the all-time home run record for years before it was broken by Barry Bonds. Aaron was one of the best power hitters in baseball history.

    "Hammerin' Hank" hit 755 home runs in his career and he is still the all-time leader in RBI.

Willie Mays: You're Everything by Bun B

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    Willie Mays could simply do everything on the baseball field. He made one of the most famous catches in baseball history.

    He was one of the best defensive center fielders in baseball history and he won 13 Gold Gloves in his career. Mays was also one of the best hitters in MLB history.

Yogi Berra: All I Do Is Win by DJ Khaled

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    Yogi Berra is known for his many Yogi-isms. He is also one of the best catchers to play major league baseball.

    Berra is also one of the most decorated players in MLB history. He won 10 World Series championships as a player and then picked up three more rings as a manager.

Jimmie Foxx: Beast Mode by B.O.B

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    Jimmie Foxx's presence in the batter's box and outstanding power hitting earned him the nickname "Beast" during his career.

    Foxx led the American League in home runs four times during his career. He also won three American League MVP Awards.

Kid Nichols: I'm Just a Kid by Simple Plan

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    Kid Nichols did begin his career as a youngster. He first broke into the majors as a 20-year-old and he won 27 games his rookie year.

    Nichols was one of the best pitchers ever to step on the mound. He is seventh all-time with 361 career wins.

Shoeless Joe Jackson: It Wasn't Me by Shaggy

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    Shoeless Joe Jackson was having an outstanding career when he got caught up in the Chicago Black Sox Scandal. He was banned from baseball for his alleged participation.

    However, more evidence has come out over the years that Jackson may not have been involved with the scandal. More and more people believe that Jackson is innocent.

Frank Robinson: MVP by Big L

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    Only one player in the history of Major League Baseball has won the MVP Award in both the American League and the National League. That player is Frank Robinson.

    Robinson also won the American League Triple Crown during his career. He is also ninth all-time in career home runs.

Jackie Robinson: For the First Time by The Script

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    Jackie Robinson was not the first African-American player to appear in a major league game. That honor goes to Moses Fleetwood Walker.

    However, after Walker retired, the owners did not let African-Americans play in the MLB. Jackie Robinson famously broke the color barrier in 1947.

Tom Seaver: Terrific by Drake Bell

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    Tom Seaver earned the nickname "Tom Terrific" with his outstanding pitching performances as a member of the New York Mets.

    Seaver played a huge part in the first World Series championship in New York Mets history. The three-time Cy Young Award winner also appeared in 12 All-Star games.

Eddie Collins: Cocky by Kid Rock

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    Many baseball players tend to have an attitude but few earn the nickname "Cocky." In fact, Eddie Collins did not earn the nickname because of his attitude but actually because of his confidence.

    Collins was one of the best second basemen in MLB history and was one of the game's best base stealers.

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Stan Musial: I'm the Man

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    Stan Musial's outstanding play for Cardinals made him "The Man" in St. Louis. He was one of the most feared hitters in MLB history.

    Musial was one of the best ever at getting on base. He is in the top-30 in batting average, slugging percentage, triples and home runs.

Rogers Hornsby: Controversy by Prince

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    Rogers Hornsby was the greatest second baseman in the history of the MLB. He was also one of the most controversial players in the game's history.

    A lot of this stemmed from the fact that Hornsby did not get along with many of his teammates and the fact that he had a sarcastic attitude.

Rickey Henderson: Run It by Chris Brown

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    Rickey Henderson ran all the way into the Hall of Fame. He is the game's all-time stolen base leader and he stole at least 100 bases three times during his career.

    Henderson also had an interesting personality and would often refer to himself in third person. This was known as Rickey being Rickey.

Joe DiMaggio: Joltin' Joe DiMaggio by Les Brown

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    Joe DiMaggio is likely the only player on this list who had a song written about him. He earned this honor after he had his 56 game hit streak.

    He was a three-time American League MVP and could have won another few awards had he not taken a short break in the middle of his career to serve in WWII.

Nolan Ryan: No, No, No by Dawn Penn

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    Nolan Ryan was an outstanding pitcher but he is often considered to be one of the most overrated pitchers in MLB history.

    One of the reasons that he is overrated by many is because of the fact that he threw a major league record seven no-hitters during his career.

Honus Wagner: Flying Dutchman by Richard Wagner

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    Okay, so orchestra music is not exactly what you expect to hear when you enter the ballpark. However, the overture is exciting and exhilarating. 

    These are two characteristics that could also be used to describe the play of Honus Wagner, who was nicknamed the "Flying Dutchman" during his career.

Cy Young: Award Tour by a Tribe Called Quest

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    Cy Young is one of the few Major League Baseball players who has been bestowed with the honor of having an award named after him.

    He was one of the best pitchers in MLB history and now an award is given out in his name to the best pitcher in both the AL and NL.

Walter Johnson: The Train by Outkast

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    The best pitcher in MLB history deserves to enter to a song that was performed by the best rap duo of all time.

    Walter Johnson earned the nickname of "The Big Train" during his major league career. He is second all-time in wins and won at least 20 games 12 times during his career .

Ted Williams: Where's Your Head At by Basement Jaxx

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    Ted Williams is one of the best baseball players in the history of the game. He was able to hit for both power and average during his career.

    In 1941, Williams batted over .400 as a 22-year-old. He also led the AL in home runs that season. Williams has the best on-base percentage in MLB history.

Tommy John: I'm Back by T.I.

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    After Tommy John tore his ulnar collateral ligament in 1974, it seemed as if his career would be over. Every other pitcher who suffered the injury never recovered.

    However, John underwent a surgery to try to repair his arm. He returned from the surgery that now bears his name and managed to win 288 games in his career.

Smokey Joe Wood: On Fire by Lloyd Banks

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    I will not even attempt to make a terrible pun or joke using the words Smokey, Wood, or Fire. What does need to be known is that Smokey Joe Wood's name.

    Wood was incredibly talented but he had his career cut short by injuries. Had he stayed healthy, he would be discussed much more often.

Sandy Koufax: Can't Get Enough by J. Cole

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    Sandy Koufax retired right at the prime of his career as a result of arthritis. He was on his way to becoming one of the top five pitchers in MLB history.

    Those who saw Koufax pitch simply could not get enough of watching him on the mound. He was an incredible talent.

Ralph Kiner: Black and Yellow by Wiz Khalifa

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    Ralph Kiner was one of the best players to ever wear the Pittsburgh Pirates' black and yellow. He was a feared power hitter during his time in the NL.

    Kiner saw his career cut short after 10 seasons as a result of injuries, but he was still selected to the Hall of Fame.

Joe "Ducky" Medwick: Barbra Streisand by Duck Sauce

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    Joe "Ducky" Medwick was one of the best players in baseball during the 1930s. In 1937, he won both the NL Triple Crown and the NL MVP Award.

    Medwick was selected to the Hall of Fame after he finished his career with a .324 batting average.

Bob Lemon: Lemonade by Gucci Mane

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    Whenever he was on the mound for the Cleveland Indians, Bob Lemon aided his team's chances of winning that day.

    In just 13 seasons, Lemon managed to collect 207 wins. This, along with his 3.23 ERA, was enough to get him to the Hall of Fame.

Bert Blyleven: D'Ya Know What I Mean by Oasis

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    Bert Blyleven finally got the respect that he deserved when he was voted into the Hall of Fame in 2011. He was unappreciated for years until now.

    Oasis saw the same thing happen with their song D'Ya Know What I Mean. It was overshadowed by their bigger hit (Wonderwall), just as Blyleven was overshadowed by bigger names. Eventually, they got recognition.

Rocky Colavito: I'm Coming Home by Diddy Featuring Skylar Grey

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    Rocky Colavito was born and raised in New York, but he did not get to play in his hometown until the final season of his career.

    Colavito is known for having one of the strongest outfield arms in MLB history. He was a six-time All-Star during his career.

Al Kaline: Eye of the Tiger by Survivor

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    When a player earns the nickname "Mr. Tiger," there is no doubt that he is the face of the Detroit franchise.

    Al Kaline was one of the best players ever to play for the Tigers. He was selected for the Hall of Fame in 1980.

Don Drysdale: Going Back to Cali by LL Cool J

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    Don Drysdale was born and raised on California. He was signed by the Brooklyn Dodgers and after two years, the team moved to Los Angeles, and Drysdale was headed back to California.

    Drysdale had an outstanding career with the Dodgers and he had his number retired by the organization.

Mordecai "Three Fingers" Brown: Bring Me Down by Saigon

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    Mordecai Brown had to overcome more issues than your average professional baseball player. He made it to the majors despite the fact that he only had three fingers on his pitching hand.

    Brown did not let the injury he suffered as a child get in his way of becoming a professional baseball player. After winning 239 games, he was enshrined in Cooperstown.

Rollie Fingers: Moustaches by Weebl

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    Rollie Fingers was known for more than just his pitching abilities when he was in the MLB. He was known for his fantastic mustache.

    The mustachioed pitcher was selected to the Hall of Fame after he recorded 341 saves and won 114 games.

Dennis Eckersley: The Final Countdown by Europe

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    Once Dennis Eckersley stepped onto the mound, the opposing team knew that they would be counting down their final outs.

    Eckersley was one of the best closers in the history of baseball, and he also pitched well as a starter early in his career.

Whitey Ford: New York, New York by Frank Sinatra

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    Hailing from Queens, N.Y., Whitey Ford played for one of the city's hometown teams. He was signed by the New York Yankees.

    Ford would go on to become one of the best players in Yankees history. He won 236 games and was elected to the Hall of Fame.