At least one of these things is true, and possibly both: (a) This
was the most tense game of baseball ever played; or (b) relations between Jews and the Klan have deteriorated dramatically since 1926. Bill Francis, a research librarian at the Baseball Hall of Fame, unearths a tantalizing newspaper clipping. [more inside]
"Van Lingle Mungo"
written in 1969 by the nostalgic, baseball-loving jazz composer David Frishberg [wiki]
. [Rhapsody link to the whole song.]
Frishberg on meeting the ex-Dodgers hurler after whom he named his tune:
“Backstage, Mungo asked me when he would see some remuneration for the song. When he heard my explanation about how there was unlikely to be any remuneration for anyone connected with the song, least of all him, he was genuinely downcast. ‘But it’s my name,’ he said. I told him, ‘The only way you can get even is to go home and write a song called Dave Frishberg.’" Further elaboration: The Baseball Analysts on "Van Lingle Mungo."