Baseball Hall of Fame Honors Fogerty

Put him in, coach. John Fogerty is ready to play—at the National Baseball Hall of Fame. John and his baseball-centric 1985 hit “Centerfield” will be honored during this year’s Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony on July 25 in Cooperstown, N.Y.

 “It feels great,” Fogerty tells Billboard. "I'm a guy who's grown up loving baseball and loving the whole tradition, and of course I've been to Cooperstown a couple times. It's just fascinating for me to be a participant now. I think it was my wife [and manager, Julie] who first told me this is going to happen. You kind of go, 'They're gonna what? Wow!' It wasn't like I was expecting it at all. It just wasn't within the realm of possibility, as far as I knew. But here we are. It's great."

John will perform during the ceremony and donate his custom-made baseball bat-shaped guitar to the museum. The induction comes at a great time. It is the silver anniversary of "Centerfield," and a new album--Centerfield, 25th Anniversary Edition—will be released on June 29. The new release contains the album's original nine tracks, plus B-side covers of Rockin' Sydney's "My Toot Toot" and the '50s song "I Confess."

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