View Full Version : Phillies' organist, Paul Richardson, dies

10-04-2006, 12:08 PM
He was the best organist in the National League :whiner:


Paul Richardson, 74, whose 36 years of organ music was as much a part of Philadelphia baseball as the Phanatic's antics or Harry Kalas' voice, died of prostate cancer Monday at home in Wilmington.
Starting in 1970, Mr. Richardson wowed more than 70 million fans at 3,000 Phillies games in three stadiums when he played such favorites as the tarantella, "Hava Nagila" and, for seventh-inning stretches, "Take Me Out to the Ball Game."


Not every player appreciated his song. When Rich Allen, the former Phillie, showed up at the Vet with the Dodgers, Paul played a song from "Jesus Christ Superstar."
Allen sent word to the organist that if he played that again, Allen would punch him out.
"I think he was kidding," Paul said.