Friday, August 17, 2012
Stadium Songs: Milwaukee Brewers
By Andrew Pentis ESPN The Magazine
The Brewers' seventh-inning tradition pays tribute to the area's Polish and German heritage.
In seventh innings around the country every day of the season, fans stand and sing lyrics that were written way back in 1908. The shelf life of "Take Me Out to the Ball Game" proves that America’s pastime has long been intertwined with its tunes. But for a more unique connection between city and club, teams rely on their own traditions -- some newer, some older.
We decided to find out the one song that each team relies on to get fans on their feet.
We're featuring the music from one team per day here on ESPN Playbook. To see past entries, click here.
Milwaukee Brewers Song: “The Beer Barrel Polka,” also known as "Roll out the barrel"
Tradition: Played during the seventh-inning stretch at Miller Park
• Since the Brewers' 1970 debut season in Milwaukee, every game at County Stadium and Miller Park has included either a live organist’s version or canned music of the song. "Piped in vocals? Not a chance," former publications director Mario Ziino said. "Brewers’ fans like to hear themselves sing the lyrics to their song."
• Why this song? It’s a tribute to the original barrel men. Plus, polka music is part of the Polish and German heritage in Milwaukee. "In 1970, the grounds crew wore lederhosen," Ziino said. "Fans used to polka dance on top of the dugouts when the song was played.”