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July 4, 2012 / jhsaeger

Fourth of July With The Sandlot and Ray Charles

I can’t think of a more enjoyable cinematic moment that embodies the Fourth of July than this scene from the 1993 film Sandlot. The scene, which depicts a rush to get a ballgame (and hot dogs) in under the lights of a firework spectacular, also embodies the heroics of the immortal Benjamin Franklin Rodriguez as he lifts a ball into the multi-hued evening sky of suburban Los Angeles. 
Most importantly, the scene is set to Ray Charles’ soulful rendition of “God Bless America,” which stands alongside Kate Smith as the two greatest takes on the Irving Berlin song. 
Happy Fourth of July, everyone. 

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