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    Singing 4 the Cubs: Daytona Cubs

    Following a year of playing with the Kansas City Monarchs in the Negro Leagues, Jackie Robinson signed a contract with the Brooklyn Dodgers on October 23, 1945 and was assigned to the Dodgers’ AAA affiliate – the Montreal Royals. Five months later, the players in the Brooklyn Dodgers organization reported to the 1946 spring training in Jacksonville, Florida. This was two years before “Dodger Town” in Bradenton, Florida was completed. After a couple weeks of drills and inter-squad games, the major league Dodgers were ready to play a game against Robinson and the Royals. Segregation was still pervasive in Florida and throughout the South at this time. When the day of the…

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    Singing 4 the Cubs: Boise Hawks

    When I created this Singing 4 the Cubs campaign, I knew it would take a lot of planning. Assuming I can get an invitation to sing at each of the ballparks (and there’s no certainty of that – I only have three confirmed stops on my map), the biggest question is how will I get to those ballparks? Drive? Fly? Singing for the Tennessee Smokies was easy enough; it was just a 3.5 hour drive from our home in southwest Nashville. Singing in the other cities will take more planning, a little luck and a lot of Southwest Airlines points. Still, as I scheduled my flight to sing the National Anthem for the Boise…

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    Singing 4 the Cubs: Tennessee Smokies

    It’s moments before I am introduced as the game’s National Anthem singer and I am standing just off the grass, singing the first lines of the song over and over again. Every so often, I blow the note D3 on my pitch pipe. That’s the D below middle C, my starting note. Today I’m in Sevierville to sing the National Anthem for the Tennessee Smokies, the Double A team in the Chicago Cubs organization. It’s the next stop on my quest to sing the “Star Spangled Banner” for all the teams in the Cubs’ farm system. You see, I love to sing the National Anthem at baseball games. Even more…

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    Singing 4 the Cubs – Wrigley Field

    I had been standing on the Cubs’ on-deck circle for nearly ten minutes when Cubs’ manager Dusty Baker stepped out of the dugout to deliver his line-up to the umpires. He looked over at me, all the while keeping his customary toothpick clenched between his teeth. He smiled, pointed at me, and in my head I heard “You da man!” I smiled back and realized that my dream was coming true: I was about to sing the National Anthem at Wrigley Field for my beloved Chicago Cubs. “Ladies and gentlemen, will you please rise, remove your caps, and please join Chris Fenoglio in the singing of our National Anthem.” *…