Hoping someone plays Nancy Bea ‘Happy Birthday’

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The happiest of birthday wishes to Dodger Stadium’s Nancy Bea Hefley, last of a dying breed.

This would be the lady who plays the lovely organ music at home games, or at least as much as she’s still allowed, when steroid-induced speakers aren’t blasting rock songs so loud it’s a challenge to hear the guy behind you bellow, ‘Giants suck.’

With her traditional baseball tunes and clever songbook, Hefley at one time was so frustrated by her diminished role she considered retiring. We’re thankful that she apparently still finds enough joy in it to have signed a three-year contract in the offseason.


That will take her through 2012 and her 25th season with the Dodgers. She followed previous Dodgers organist great Helen Dell, the team organist for 18 years.

Any time Hefley plays is a monstrous improvement over some Guns N’ Roses, Billy Idol or Metallica song that sounds just like it does at every other stadium and in any other sport.

At least her part-time playing still beats many ballparks that have completely eliminated the traditional music.

-- Steve Dilbeck