Tuesday, March 01, 2005


March 1st, 1980

Art Jorgens Dies

Holding hands at midnight
’neath a starry sky

Nice work if you can get it

And you can get it if you try

Strolling with the one girl

Sighing sigh after sigh

Nice work if you can get it

And you can get it if you try
~George Gershwin

I don't think players had music that played every time they came to bat until the nineties. Some people would say this is a good thing, but it is also a shame, because some songs were released during the playing career of certain players that fit them so perfectly. Such is the case of Art Jorgens and the classic Gershwin tune "Nice Work If You Can Get It" which debuted in a musical in 1937. Jorgens was the Yankee back-up (and sometimes, third) catcher from 1929 until 1939. During that time, the team won an average of more than one hundred games a season, and won the World Series five times, which meant Jorgens collected the all-important World Series bonus five times. Backing up Hall of Famer Bill Dickey, Jorgens averaged just twenty-eight games a season, never topping sixty.

Watching a great team from the bench, collecting World Series bonuses and rarely having to wear the tools of ignorance? Nice work if you can get it.

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