Bruce Springsteens Little League Baseball Teammate Subject Of 1984 Hit Glory Days
Ever wonder what you would do if you found out a song was about you? So many times the big singers never reveal who they write the song about for fear of getting sued. This is a great story.
Bruce Springsteen’s Little League baseball buddy, Joe DePugh, had no idea that the entertainer wrote a song about him being a star athlete.
But one of DePugh’s co-workers was familiar with the story of the 1967 graduates running into each other at a New Jersey bar in 1973 and catching up on old times. He immediately recognized the scenario when he heard Springsteen’s 1984 hit “Glory Days” and told DePugh about it.
In the opening of the song from Springsteen’s “Born In The U.S.A.” album, the Boss sings, “I had a friend was a big baseball player back in high school, he could throw that speedball by you, make you look like a fool boy, saw him the other night at this roadside bar.”
DePugh discussed his days of playing baseball with Springsteen and even nicknaming him Saddie in a recent interview with the New York Times.