Wrigley Field's Celebrity Singers Ranked From Most Cringe-Worthy To Least

Apr 23, 2014 | Updated Apr 23, 2014
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In the years since the 1998 death of legendary Chicago Cubs broadcaster Harry Caray, his seventh-inning stretch tradition of singing "Take Me Out To The Ballgame" has continued to live on at Wrigley Field.

Officials at Wrigley -- which celebrates its 100th birthday Wednesday -- began recruiting guest "conductors," many of them celebrities passing through town on tours or press junkets, to lead the crowd in song after Caray passed away.

Some of the renditions have left a lot to be desired, proving that leading the stretch isn't quite as easy as it might look. In fact, some of the eardrum-shattering performances through the years are said to have finally prompted the Cubs to limit the tradition to only local Chicago celebrities or former Cubs players beginning last year.

In honor of the Friendly Confines' centennial, we've ranked some of the most memorable seventh-inning stretch performances, from strikeouts to home runs.

  • 19 Jeff Gordon, May 24, 2005
    Wrigley "Stadium"?! Fail.
  • 18 Ozzy Osbourne, August 17, 2003
    We can't make most of Ozzy's words out -- maybe this would have gone better if Sharon's mic hadn't been muted?
  • 17 Kellie Pickler, June 12, 2007
    "Popcorn" and Cracker Jacks? Really, Kellie?
  • 16 Mr. T, May 25, 2009
    Well, that's one way to do it.
  • 15 Denise Richards, May 1, 2009
    In a word: Terrible.
  • 14 Bobby Hull, September 2, 2013
    Sorry Bobby, but no.
  • 13 Eddie Vedder, July 4, 1998
    The Pearl Jam singer (and huge Cubs fan) may have knocked back a few too many prior to this go at the tradition. "If they don't win it's a game"!?
  • 12 Jay Cutler, July 14, 2012
    It doesn't get much more tone-deaf or aloof than this.
  • 11 Mike Ditka, June 5, 1998
  • 10 Danica Patrick, 2006
    This could have gone worse for the NASCAR star.
  • 9 Erik Estrada
    A multi-time performer of the stretch, the actor is a little all over the place with this turn behind the mic.
  • 8 Billy Corgan, October 15, 2003
    Not bad, Billy. Not bad.
  • 7 Shania Twain, 2003
    A commendable outing for certain.
  • 6 Billie Joe Armstrong, 2009
    The Green Day singer delivers a solid performance.
  • 5 Gloria Estefan, July 30, 2012
    Some lyrics discrepancies aside, a beautiful rendition.
  • 4 Ron Santo, April 23, 2009
    What he lacks in vocal delivery, the legendary Cubs third baseman more than makes up for with his genuine Cubs spirit.
  • 3 John Fogerty, August 20, 2006
    The Creedence Clearwater Revival singer holds a young child during this performance, which just adds to the charm.
  • 2 Bill Murray
    The Wilmette native has been a consistent presence at Wrigley Field through the years, throwing out first pitches, leading the stretch multiple times and being interviewed by Harry Caray (at Wrigley's first night game!). He's the perfect model of a Cubs fan.
  • 1 Harry Caray
    Nobody does it better. Nobody ever will.