SF Seals – Baseball Trilogy
side a1: Joltin’ Joe DiMaggio
side a2: The Ballad of Denny McLain
side b: Dock Ellis
SF Seals was one of the many bands the brilliant Ms. Barbara Manning (of whom I own the 7″ “B4 We Go Under”), now playing in Sleaze Tax, was in. Manning, a big baseball fan, named the band after the San Francisco team the legendary Joe DiMaggio once played for, and the the man is honoured on this 45 with a dixieland ditty originally by Les Brown & Orchestra.
“The Ballad of Denny McLain”, about the pitcher who won thirty games in one season in 1968, only to end up in jail fifteen or twenty years later for racketeering, is a cover as well, of a song by Mad V. Dog & The Merchants Of The New Bizarre.
“Dock Ellis”, about the great pitcher who famously hit a no-hit game in 1970 while tripping on acid YEAH is a Manning original.