The Vine: February 28, 2014
I have something I've been researching for ages, and I'm hoping that you, as a devoted baseball fan, can help me.
Although, I admit, it's only tangentially related to baseball. I'm looking for somewhere that references the national-anthem performers at the World Series — historically, not recently. And I'm possibly looking for something more — all postseason-play national-anthem performers at Red Sox games in the 1970s.
I'll explain: the US Navy Sea Chanters were to perform the national anthem before a Red Sox game in the 1970s, and it had rained just prior to the game. This being pre-wireless, amplifying sound for performers required running wires across the field. The powers that be were concerned about electrical shorts, and instead, asked if the Sea Chanters had a single performer who had a powerful enough voice to perform without a mic. They chose my father. The problem is that there's some debate/disagreement between my mother and her cousin about the year this happened. They agree that it was at Fenway Park, but in my research, I've found that the only year the Red Sox appeared in the World Series in the '70s was 1975. They don't quite agree that it was 1975, which is why I've considered that it might have been at some other postseason game.
You might think that the Navy would have some sort of record, or if not, might have someone who would be willing to help with this research. Not so much. I've considered contacting MLB, but I'm not sure what department. Or possibly the Red Sox, but again, I'm not sure which department. Do you, or your readers, have any suggestions?
I would love to track down video of this. For one, it was before I was born, and I'd love to see it. For another, my dad's been in a veterans' home with Alzheimer's for the past four years, and this is something I'd like to…remind him, a little? And it's sometimes hard to remember things like this, so last, I want it for my mom. I'm willing to purchase said video — I'm not looking for a handout. But I want to make sure I'm buying footage from the correct year. And, I guess, a secondary part to my question: do you know whether those compilations that MLB or ESPN or whoever puts out of the entire World Series of whatever year actually includes the performance of the national anthem?
Any help would be appreciated greatly. I'm at my rope's end with this research.
Off the top of my head: I'd start with the Hall Of Fame. Its primary function is as a museum and it has a huge archive. The library/media collection has a page here that might be a good starting point for tracking down that information.
And you could also try browsing the Sons Of Sam Horn forum; it's devoted to all things Red Sox/Boston sports, and you never know who might remember that game, or at least know where there's a YouTube stash of Fenway anthem footage.
…Hold the phone: looks like it's Game 2 of the '75 Series, as noted here. Various search strings aren't getting me video — the entire game is available on YouTube, but the footage starts with the teams taking the field — but now that you have a date, you should be able to track it down. Good luck!
Readers, if any of you can find this footage, or even audio, please do post it here.
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