Tuesday, July 16th

by musicclipoftheday

baseball and boogiewoogie

In advance of tonight’s All-Star game, here’s the answer to a baseball trivia question: Who’s the finest musician ever to work between the foul lines? This guy, “the progenitor of boogie-woogie piano,” played for the Chicago All-Americans, a Negro league team, during World War I, then worked for twenty-five years as a groundskeeper for the Chicago White Sox.

Jimmy Yancey (1894 [or 1898]-1951), piano, “Yancey Stomp,” 1939