ST. LOUIS (AP) - The man who provided the soundtrack of St. Louis Cardinals baseball for four decades has died.
The Cardinals on Thursday announced the death of Ernie Hays, a St. Louis native who spent 40 seasons as the ballpark organist.
Hays was 77 when he died Wednesday night. A cause of death was not announced.
Hays also served as organist for the NHL's St. Louis Blues, college sports teams and for professional soccer in St. Louis. But he is best known for his work at both the old and new Busch Stadiums.
He began his sports music career when the Cardinals installed an organ in 1971. His version of ``Here Comes The King,'' a Budweiser beer advertising jingle, soon became a staple at every game.
Hays retired from the Cardinals in 2010.

Top MLB Public Bets

#1 908 Chicago Cubs  86%
#2 914 New York Yankees  85%
#3 904 New York Mets  85%
#5 918 Boston Red Sox  80%
#6 906 Atlanta Braves  78%
#7 912 Baltimore Orioles  77%
#8 924 Oakland Athletics  75%
#9 930 Cleveland Indians  73%
#10 901 Colorado Rockies  73%

MLB Top Stories

Thumbnail Cardinals vs. Dodgers Prediction Will Mike Leake lead the Cardinals to an upset win over the Dodgers tonight at 10:10PM ET?
Thumbnail Giants vs. Cubs Prediction Will the Cubs beat the Giants on Wednesday and take the series tonight at 8:05PM ET?
Thumbnail Pirates vs. Braves Prediction Will tonight's Pirates and Braves matchup bet low-scoring at 7:35PM ET?
Thumbnail Padres vs. Mets Prediction Will the Mets pick up their second win against the Padres tonight at 7:10PM ET?
Thumbnail Angels vs. Rays Prediction Will the Rays snap their three-game losing streak when they host the Angels at 7:10PM ET?

MLB Team Pages