Sunday, May 02, 2010
eBay: A Singing Wheaties Box
One of the most frequently sung songs in the world, "Take Me Out to the Ballgame" is synonymous with America, Apple Pie and Cereal? Above is a great auction item of a record cut from a box of Wheaties from the 1950's. You would buy a box of cereal, cut along the dotted line, pierce a hole in the middle, and then play it on your record player.
What makes this recording so memorable is who is singing. For whatever reason, they didn't bother to tell you who lent their voice on the Wheaties record. They should have, of course, because it features four famous ballplayers- Phil Rizzuto, Tommy Henrich, Ralph Branca and Roy Campanella. Listen to a recording of this paper record right here, via Baseball Recording. Something to note, the original recording, produced by Arthur Shimkin, was sold as a separate record and is longer in length as it features sounds of them cheering, a batted ball and other sound effects. Listen to that recording here. Below is the sleeve from the record.