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After 40 Years Of Playing With His Organ At Busch Stadium, Ernie Hays To Give It A Rest

He’s also going to retire from being the stadium’s in-house musician. Bam!

Hays, 75, citing a desire to spend more time with Loreta, his wife of more than 55 years, and their grandchildren, announced that after 40 years as the Maestro of the Redbirds, this season will be his last year behind the keys at Busch Stadium. Via the St. Louis Post-Dispatch:

“I’m slowing down,” said Hays. “I’m not really retiring, just slowing down and spending more time with the grandkids and the fishing pole.”

In the era of canned music blaring out of the speakers at ear-bleeding level, with the hippity hop and the rappity rap the kids are listening to these days while wearing their pants on the ground, it’s sad to see another casualty of these modern times. Call me an old fuddy-duddy, but the sound of a man sitting all by himself playing with his organ is always soothing to me when I attend a game at the ballpark. It reminds me of something I cannot quite put my finger on, but my therapist and I are presently working through that with repressed memory therapy.

St. Louis Cardinals icon, organist Ernie Hays, is calling it quits when this season ends [St. Louis Post-Dispatch]