Watch: Hasidic chorus belts out US national anthem on pitch

A nearly pitch perfect a cappella group of Orthodox Jews performs the patriotic hymn to tee-off New York baseball game.

July 5, 2013 15:02
Hasidic a cappella singers.

Hasidim sing at baseball game 370. (photo credit: JTA)

The annual Flatbush Hatzolah-NYPD baseball game at the Brooklyn Cyclones’ MCU Park struck off with a group of Hasidic a cappella singers performing the national anthem.

In a video posted to YouTube, the chorus faces slight technical and lyrical challenges, while a lead singer, with a hefty lung, relies on a smartphone to get through the words.

Aside: The Cyclones are a minor league affiliate of the New York Mets, whose Citi Field played home to the Asifa, a rally against the dangers of the Internet in May 2012.

In 1941, a group of 132 child refugees from Portugal sang The Star-Spangled Banner fresh off the boat. To be fair, they were coached in advance “by missionaries returning from their abortive voyage aboard the Zemsam.”

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