Ready for some more music history? This morning, Anthony on WEHM brought up an interesting article about baseball and jazz, and how it started with a minor league pitcher named Ben Henderson:
Henderson gave a Los Angeles Times reporter a preview of what he had planned for the game. “I got a new curve this year,” he explained, “and I’m goin’ to pitch one or two of them tomorrow. I call it the Jazz ball because it wobbles and you simply can’t do anything with it.” The headline for the item, from April 2, 1912, was simply “Ben’s Jazz Curve.”
Henderson’s team lost the game, but the name of his pitch traveled around the country, eventually becoming the name of the music we know as jazz.
So, with baseball season approaching, how about some Abbott and Costello? That could be a bit of jazz playing right before their routine…