This song was inspired by Fogerty's childhood memories of baseball, and although he didn't play the game, he loved watching it and hearing the stories his father would tell about the legendary New York Yankees center-fielder Joe DiMaggio, who like Fogerty was from San Francisco. In an interview with, Fogerty explained: "I'd hear about Ruth and DiMaggio, and as my dad and older brothers talked about the Babe's exploits, their eyes would get so big. The players were heroes to me as long as I can remember."