Saturday, October 01, 2011

Saturday Video Fun: Steve Goodman - A Dying Cub Fan's Last Request (1983)

Because today is the opening day of the Major League Baseball playoffs, we have our favorite baseball song, A Dying Cub Fan's Last Request by Steve Goodman. When looking for a video of this, we were thrilled to find a priceless video of Goodman singing the song, standing on one of the rooftop bleachers across the street from Wrigley Field. The field provides the backdrop for this video, apparently recorded late in his career.

Steve Goodman was a songwriter, singer, and humorist who died way too young; he died from leukemia in 1984 at age 36. In addition to the many humorous songs he did, he could also write serious songs. Goodman is best known for writing The City of New Orleans, which was not only Arlo Guthrie's biggest hit but it is also one of the best songs ever written.

Listen to Arlo Guthrie - The City of New Orleans


Click this link for an excellent article about Steve Goodman that was reproduced earlier in this blog. The song A Dying Cub Fan's Last Request would be a great and funny song on its own but it becomes all the more poignant when you realize that Goodman was dying of leukemia when he wrote it. His sense of humor under the circumstances is amazing.



To further show Goodman's humorous songwriting, we are pleased to present this bonus video.

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