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NEW YORK (AP) — Six days after the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, Major League Baseball returned to the field with a new ritual. During the seventh-inning stretch, a moment typically reserved for “Take Me Out to the Ball Game,” another song played at parks around the country: “God Bless America.”
Everybody sang along, that night and for weeks afterward.
In a riveting World Series that year between the Arizona Diamondbacks and the Yankees, one of the most enduring memories came during Game 3 in New York, when 56,000 people at Yankee Stadium joined in a melancholy rendition of the tune as a tattered flag recovered at the World Trade Center site fluttered on a pole above the center field scoreboard.
At a time when America was still in shock over Al-Qaida’s strike on U.S. soil, baseball was there to help start the healing.
“It sent chills down and a lot of tears,” Commissioner Bud Selig remembered. “Almost overpoweringly emotional.”
Ten years later, “God Bless America” has become woven into the fabric of the baseball experience. It’s played on Sundays, holidays, special occasions and even every game in the case of two teams, the Yankees and Los Angeles Dodgers.
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