Happy 73rd Birthday, Smokey Robinson

When William (Smokey) Robinson was a child, he wanted to be a professional baseball player. Instead he became the poet laureate of American soul music writing some of the great Motown hits that are part of the fabric of American music.

In honor of his birthday, here’s Smokey Robinson singing the National Anthem at Fenway Park for Game 5 of the 1986 World Series between the Boston Red Sox and the New York Mets.

It always comes back to baseball.