Monday, August 5, 2013

Baseball Tunes: Build Me Up Buttercup

"Build Me Up Buttercup" was written by Mike d'Abo and Tony Macaulay and released as a single by the Foundations in 1968.  The song made it to #3 on the Billboard charts.  Side note: d'Abo is most famous as the lead singer for Manfred Mann but he's also the father of Olivia d'Abo, whom Wonder Years fans will remember as Karen, Kevin's older sister.

"Build Me Up Buttercup" is the seventh-inning stretch song for the Los Angeles Angels of Anahaeim (most cumbersome name in American sports?).  It is played right after "Take Me Out to the Ballgame."

My Baseball Fantasy

Vermont League: won, 7-3 (96-63-11 overall, 1st place out of 12 teams)
Maryland League: lost, 4-6 (90-71-9, 4th of 10)
Public League: 83 Rotisserie points (tied for 2nd of 12)
My Player of the Week: Dustin Pedroia (Second Baseman, Red Sox) with 2 home runs, 8 RBI, 5 runs and a .233 batting average
Photo via BlackSportsOnline


  1. Yeah, it's a fun song. 1968 - great year for music. Thanks, Nas!

  2. This is such a classic tune - I didn't realise this song had such history.

    1. Such a strange choice for a team rallying cry, though. It's essentially a song about perpetual disappointment. That's certainly fitting for many athletic franchises but a quality not readily embraced.