"Take me out with the crowd"
May 14, 2020 12:55 PM   Subscribe

Remember when Red Sox/Fenway Park organist (and librarian!) Josh Kantor bought the White Sox Comiskey Park organ [eta: oops, the organist's organ] and brought it home in 2015? Well now he's stuck at home but he's still doing a Seventh Inning Stretch there, with his wife Reverend Producer Mary. Watch every day on FB at 3 pm EDT.
posted by jessamyn (12 comments total) 17 users marked this as a favorite
 
This episode just ended, but I highly recommend yesterday's episode which commemorated Stevie Wonder's birthday.
posted by jessamyn at 12:56 PM on May 14 [2 favorites]


This is so pleasing to me. Organs rule.
posted by pipoquinha at 1:20 PM on May 14 [1 favorite]


TIL who put the bomp in the bomp bah bomp bah bomp.
posted by Orange Dinosaur Slide at 1:46 PM on May 14


Is the organ Josh Kantor purchased at auction truly the Comisky Park organ? The auction listing reads:

"Bid on former White Sox organist Nancy Faust's home organ. This organ is a Hammond Elegante Model 340100. Nancy was the White Sox organist for four decades from 1970 - 2010. This organ is Nancy's personal organ from her home. She has autographed the music rack. Organ dimensions are 53 inches (tall) x 55 inches (wide) x 29 inches (depth). Bench and original owner's guide is included."
posted by bz at 1:47 PM on May 14 [1 favorite]


Yay! He's a mensch, and I'm not just saying that because he's played my requests at Fenway. Reverend Producer Mary is likewise a super good human.

7th Inning Stretch was both my and wenestvedt's AskMe pick for worthwhile quarantine livestream.
He's doing it in support of feedingamerica.org and/or your local foodbank - please give generously!

This episode just ended, but I highly recommend yesterday's episode which commemorated Stevie Wonder's birthday.

Kantor really likes Stevie Wonder, and with good reason.
posted by zamboni at 1:49 PM on May 14 [1 favorite]


Is the organ Josh Kantor purchased at auction truly the Comisky Park organ?

It ain't, but it's still cool.
"To me, the organ that was in her home for 35 years, that was her practice instrument, was as interesting—if not more interesting—because that was the lab instrument, basically. That was where she did all her homework," he says, laughing. "That was where she concocted all her genius.
posted by zamboni at 1:59 PM on May 14 [1 favorite]


As a Yankees fan, as long as he doesn't play Sweet Caroline...

Actually, this is a great thing he does, he is talented and it is for a good cause. Even a Yankees fan can listen to the Sawx organist.

Special shoutout to Comiskey and Faust. I lived in Chicago for many years and loved the old Comiskey park. They screwed up the new park. I was at the last two games there. Weird that the old men's room troughs to pee in bring back memories, but hey, being young and drunk at baseball games is a thing on both the south side and the north side.
posted by AugustWest at 2:04 PM on May 14 [1 favorite]


I hope one day he plays the Best Show theme for three hours.
posted by Beardman at 2:21 PM on May 14


he's played my requests at Fenway

Well, except that one.
posted by zamboni at 2:42 PM on May 14


It ain't, but it's still cool.

Haha, that is what I get for not doing a close read. The other interesting part is that I am pretty sure the one he is playing is literally next to that organ (based on other shots of him playing Nancy's organ) and I think the camera is perched on her organ for the Seventh Inning Stretch.
posted by jessamyn at 3:52 PM on May 14


Am watching now!
posted by jessamyn at 11:56 AM on May 15


Somebody made tiny PPE masks for the Nancy Faust and Carlton Fisk bobbleheads that sit on top of the organ.
posted by zamboni at 12:11 PM on May 17 [1 favorite]


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