I’ve been listening to The Baseball Project music for awhile now. I have their first 3 albums on CD and I absolutely love them all. But one song stands out more than the others to this Atlanta Braves fan, To The Veteran’s Committee.
If you are not familiar with The Baseball Project, first of all where have you been? Secondly, they are made up of some of the greatest musicians of our time. So let’s do a rundown of the band before we get into my favorite song of theirs.
Scott McCaughey (Vocals, Guitars, Keyboards, Bass, Percussion, SF Giants) – Most notably McCaughey worked with R.E.M. for nearly 2 decades. He is also a singer and songwriter for The Young Fresh Fellows and The Minus 5.
Steve Wynn (Vocals, Guitars, New York Yankees) – He led the band The Dream Syndicate for nearly a decade in Los Angeles before he went onto a solo career. He went on to record with Steve Wynn and The Miracle Three and in the 90s Gutterball.
Linda Pitmon (Drums, Percussion, Vocals, Minnesota Twins) – Drummer and wife of Steve Wynn, Pitmon has appeared with different artists including Steve Wynn and The Miracle Three and Zuzu’s Petals.
Peter Buck (12- and 6-string Guitars, Fender VI Bass, Banjo, Washington Senators) – Co-founder and lead guitarist for R.E.M. Buck has appeared with many other groups and side projects including Hindu Love Gods, The Minus 5, and Tired Pony. He also has been a successful record producer.
Mike Mills (Bass, Vocals, Atlanta Braves) – One of the founding members of R.E.M. Mills has continued to record and contribute to other artists works. He played piano on a single released by Drive-By Truckers member, Patterson Hood, in protest to a Wal-Mart being built in Athens, Georgia.
So back to the music.
My favorite song of theirs is To The Veteran’s Committee, which is a song about my all-time favorite player Dale Murphy. It is basically a plea to the committee to elect Murphy to the Hall of Fame, a feat I would love to see in my lifetime. In the song, which I have a feeling has a lot of Mike Mills behind it as a Braves fan, the group gives some reasons why they would like to see Murphy in the Hall of Fame. These include even taking shots at Mark McGwire and Sammy Sosa.
They also go over some of his stats including his 398 home runs talking about how 400 is the magic number, or at least it was around the time of his retirement not to mention his 2 NL MVPs and 5 Gold Gloves. While admittedly Murphy is a borderline Hall of Famer, he remains my favorite player of all-time and I would love to see him get in one day. He personifies what it is to be a member of the hall. He was loved by fans, never got in trouble, never used PEDs, and put up impressive numbers. And while I do understand that the hall is about what happens on the field, I admit to be a bit biased.
You can check out the band at The Baseball Project. There you can see where they might be performing or purchase their music. If you are a baseball fan, I don’t think you will regret picking up a CD or two from them. I plan on sharing more of their music in the coming weeks because they sing about some interesting people and stories from the game.
Eric Bynum is Managing Editor here at BaseballdeWorld. He spent three years as an ESL teacher in South Korea, and is now working on his master's degree in history with a focus on baseball and WWII. He has played and/or written about baseball for the past 30 years and is an avid Atlanta Braves fan.