Sporting Events Questions

I’m not a big sports fan but I do hear radio broadcasts of hockey games and baseball games since the station most often on in my house carries both. I’ve noticed that the hockey team has a man with a wonderful voice sing the National Anthem before the games. But he does it unaccompanied. Is this something new? I know they used to have an organist who played during the games. I haven’t paid enough attention to know whether the organ is used later in the games to encourage crowd participation.

It’s almost required that you listen to the baseball games since the Cardinals are in the World Series. I’ve noticed the person singing the National Anthem to begin the game is unaccompanied. One nice touch is that a different person connected to the Armed Forces sings the Anthem in each game. I know the Cardinals have an organ at the stadium here but, again, I haven’t paid close enough attention to know whether or not it’s used during the game. I do know it hasn’t been used during the Anthem.

I don’t know if this is peculiar to the World Series but when did they start singing “God Bless America” during the seventh inning stretch? That, too, is sung unaccompanied. It brings back memories of many years ago when the local broadcaster would sing “Take Me Out To The Ballgame” during the seventh inning stretch.

Maybe I should pay more attention to sports.

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