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Wednesday, August 21, 2013
Matching music to Pirates' action - Recorded selections replacing organist
At PNC Park, the organ music is all prerecorded, and there's less than there used to be. The evolution of ballpark music here and throughout the major leagues reflects broad shifts in technology and American culture.
Since the 1860s, there has been live music at baseball games. In those days, bands provided the entertainment, according to Tim Wiles, director of research at the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum in Cooperstown, N.Y. As parks grew in size, "the concept of having a live band playing at a ballpark made less and less sense," since musical groups would have to move around to be heard by fans in different sections.