Do you know the story behind the seventh-inning stretch?

Several accounts say that President William Howard Taft should get the credit for starting the baseball tradition because of his reaction to some uncomfortable seats at the ballpark. While watching the Washington Senators face the Philadelphia Athletics on April 14, 1910, Taft’s large frame didn’t mesh too well with his small wooden chair and by the middle of the seventh inning he just couldn’t take it any longer. The President stood up to stretch, which prompted the entire crowd to stand up out of respect for their leader. Thus, the “seventh-inning stretch” was born!

The part of this story we don’t know: what song did President Taft dance to during his stretch?

These days, if he would have been at Fenway watching the BoSox, maybe he would have danced to “Sweet Caroline” in the eighth. In Texas, “Cotton-Eyed Joe” would have blared over the speakers. In Kansas City, it would have been…umm…well….

Royals fans start voting on what you think Kansas City’s signature seventh-inning stretch song should be. Don’t worry, we will still have the traditional “Take Me Out to the Ballgame,” but after that we want to play a song that is truly unique to “The K.”

Here’s the list of songs to choose from:

  • “Last Dance” by Donna Summer
  • “Son of a Preacher Man” by Dusty Springfield
  • “Kansas City” by The Beatles
  • “The Limbo”
  • “Cotton Eyed Joe” by Rednex
  • “Ring of Fire” by Johnny Cash
  • “Dancing Queen” by ABBA
  • “Come on Eileen” by Dexy’s Midnight Runners
  • “Shake Your Body (Down to the Ground)” by Michael Jackson
  • “Sweet Caroline” by Neil Diamond

So…click here and cast your vote for the Royals seventh-inning stretch music!


how exactly would stealing boston’s tradition of “sweet caroline” be unique to kc?

i agree with the previous poster. EVERYONE knows that Fenway uses “sweet caroline”. and they use it for the 8th, not the 7th. but if anyone votes, please don’t vote for that, we would look like such a joke.

If you’re serious about something unique to KC, then commission something from a local artist or group.

If we MUST choose one of these, why not “Kansas City”? It seems obvious.

I would hope that everybody chooses “Kansas City” by the Beatles.

“Kansas City” is played at the end of the game during exit, but it isn’t the version by the Beatles, so I think it would be a welcomed song for the city.

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