Last night my friend Jim Key wrote a Facebook post that Cleveland is the all time champion for great National Anthems, based on this year's NBA finals.
It instantly took me back to Rocco Scotti, the opera singer who sang most (if not all) of the National Anthems for the Indians when I was growing up. Even on the radio it was not to be missed. Live though - was out of this world.
If it wasn't opening day or a special game (like July 4 fireworks, or the famous five cent beer night), the stadium would be somewhere between 10 and 20% filled (capacity was 77,000 - crowds were normally between 7000 and 10,000). Rocco's great voice would echo through the cavernous stadium. It was frequently the highlight of the day - even when the Indians won.
I looked it up on YouTube, and sure enough, there is a video of Rocco singing the National Anthem at the 1981 All Star game. The video was doubly cool because of all the famous people captured in it.
Rocco passed away last year at age 95. I'm not sure when he last sang at an Indians game, but I'll bet he belted it out.