John Fogerty talks about being honored by the Baseball Hall of Fame -- and having George W. Bush as a fan

John-FogertyImage Credit: Kevin Winter/Getty ImagesWhen John Fogerty was writing the baseball-centric 1985 single “Centerfield,” he had no idea it would become so beloved by fans of America’s national pastime. “No, not a clue, ” says the singer-songwriter and onetime Creedence Clearwater Revival head honcho.”Rock ‘n’ roll has some built-in political stances whereby things are considered lame, to put it mildly. You’re really swimming against the stream to write a sports song. I knew the possibility that it would be considered lame was looming.”

In fact, the song became such a hit with sports fans the Baseball Hall of Fame announced today that Fogerty will play the song at this year’s induction ceremony, which takes place in Cooperstown on July 25. “They’ve never honored a song this way before,” says Fogerty, who is also releasing a 25th anniversary edition of the platinum-selling Centerfield album on June 29. “I’m going to be there with a big smile on my face and great pride in my heart. Even though I’m not being honored as a baseball player, I am, in a sense, rubbing elbows with Babe Ruth. It’s a wondrous thing to me. Because I do really love baseball.”

And “Centerfield” really is loved by baseball fans, including one George W. Bush, the ex-president and former part owner of the Texas Rangers , who in 2000 declared the track to be his favorite song. How does that sit with Fogerty, whose politics, it is fair to say, are considerably more liberal than that of America’s last commander-in-chief? “It really does make you scratch your head at the power of music,” he chuckles. “All kidding aside, I would probably say, ‘Boy, I hope at some point he listens to my other songs.”

I’ve posted a clip of Fogerty playing “Centerfield” with Keith Urban after the break (check out the CCR man’s baseball bat-guitar!). Are you a Fogerty fan? What do you think of his song being honored by the Baseball Hall of Fame?

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  • poughkeepsiejohn

    If George W. Bush is a fan of John Fogerty, he’d better listen to “Fortunate Son”. He may not think so fondly of Fogerty after hearing that song.

    • Flyer

      I don’t think W. would be able to figure out what “Fortunate Son” means. I think W. would be flattered to think that Fogerty wrote a song about him. “Yessirree, I AM fortunate. Got a good life. Good missus. That’s a real good song!”

  • jack

    He likes the “song”…re-read the post.

  • barb

    oddly enough, while i know this is a baseball song, i’ve always considered in the “flying” song. you know, for all the rich people in first-class. “put me in coach.”

  • Lou

    Fogerty happens to be a friend of mine and as a friend who used to drive him and some of the other guys (post ccr) to the Albany High for a game of basketball, I’d say John writes from the heart and the fact that Bush likes Centerfield, if you remember Bush used to stand in center field in the Texas Stadium when he needed a reality check. Fogerty is finally getting the recognition he deserves for all the great tunes he has written. It would have all happened alot sooner if it hadn’t been for Saul Zaentz former owner of the Fogerty music catalog. Thank got for the Concord group purchasing Fantasy, But that is another story. Hit away John…your buddy Louie..

  • KeithFan

    I have always loved this song, adding Keith to it was icing on the cake! What a great combination!

  • Shena

    Any blood at all kind of nixes the rigelion of peace thing, and i can’t back a rigelion that hates me for how i was made i’m afraid.Until Christianity stops brainwashing children and forcing their agenda of hate, and ignorance, i will continue to dislike them.Not only that, but stop trying to affect the country, this country was founded on separation of church and state for a reason. While i understand but we aren’t all like that! Some of you are, and that’s enough.

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