Are you ready for some baseball? If so you are in luck as this evening the 106th edition of the World Series takes place. The popular Fall Classic will get underway at exactly 7:57PM – EDT at AT&T Park in San Francisco. The Texas Rangers who have never won a title are hoping to upset the Giants.
The following are a few interesting facts about The World Series.
- The first World Series of baseball took place in 1903 between the Pittsburgh Pirates and the Boston Americans.
- Don Larsen of the New York Yankees pitched the first and only perfect game in World Series history in 1956.
- The first World Series shown on TV was the 1947 World Series between the Yankees and the Dodgers.
- The 1989 World Series between the San Francisco Giants and the Oakland A’s was postponed for 10 days after a massive earthquake rocked Northern California.
- The 1994 World Series was cancelled after baseball players went on strike in August of 1994.
For Clay Aiken, the 2003 World Series must hold a special place in his memory. Clay was chosen to sing the Star Spangled Banner at the opening game of the series. The New York Yankees were hosting the Florida Marlins at Yankee Stadium. Clay sang a great rendition of the difficult anthem, even when being interrupted by the low flying Stealth Bombers. I wonder if Clay still has his World Series Jacket from that night.
I have always thought it was a huge honor to be invited to sing at the opening game of a World Series. It made me wonder who has done this in the years since Clay sang in 2003.
- 2004 Steven Tyler – the lead singer of Aerosmith
- 2005 Josh Grobin
- 2006 Bob Seeger – refused to sing the Star Spangled Banner because he said it was too hard to sing. He chose to sing America the Beautiful.
- 2007 John Williams and the Boston Pops Orchestra
- 2008 Backstreet Boys
- 2009 Alicia Keys
- 2010 It was announced that John Legend will be singing tonight.
Did you watch Clay sing the Star Spangled Banner that night? Did you hold your breath the entire time like I did? What an exciting time for Clay, his family, friends and fans!!
Why not watch the performance again. This time you can breathe!!