This Date in Baseball History – August 13

Dodgers Silly Symphony

Brooklyn Dodgers owner Walter O’Malley deemed August 13, 1951  “Music Depreciation Night” at Ebbets Field to celebrate the reconstitution of the Brooklyn Dodgers’ beloved off-key pep band: the Brooklyn Dodgers Sym-Phony.

Though the Dodgers left Brooklyn more than five decades ago and the musicians now well into their senior years, the Sym-Phony still makes occasional appearances around New York.

Mick Gillispie told the story of the night – and the 22,000 brave souls who sat through the cacophony of the other 2,000 – during the sixth inning of Tennessee’s game with the Huntsville Stars on Wednesday.

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The Smokies Radio Network is the official radio network for the Chicago Cubs AA affiliate, the Tennessee Smokies. Daily broadcasts begin with the Pilot-Oscar Mayer pre-game show airing 15 minutes before every game. Following the game the broadcast concludes with the Edward Jones Investments post-game show. The Smokies Radio Network staff includes the Director of Broadcasting Mick Gillispie, Sr. Broadcast Assistant Greg Young, Broadcast Assistant Keith Brake and Broadcast Intern James Rowe.


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