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Chicago White Sox - "Na-Na Hey-Hey Goodbye" (Commercial, 1978)

Here's a memorable commercial for the White Sox - featuring fans singing "Na Na Hey Hey Kiss Him Goodbye" by Steam, first popularized during White Sox games by team organist, Nancy Faust. Featuring a young Kathy Griffin (in her first acting job, years before making it big as a comedian and TV personality) wearing braids and Sox hat and playing a kazoo, all the way at the far left of the screen in the second row around :15 (among the attendant Sox fans), and Theodore "Ted" Noose as the traffic cop at :10.

Ending voiceover by Don Criqui.

This aired on local Chicago TV in early 1978.

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A great sports anthem and one of my all time FAVORITE songs!!!!
Comment posted by michiganfan on Wednesday, April 29th 2009 at 12:43am.

Too many good memories in this commercial (Old Comiskey, those awful hairstyles of the late 70's, the Dixieland band that Veeck had wandering the park, etc.). Only needs Andy the Clown to make it complete.
Comment posted by HUdson 3-2700 on Wednesday, April 29th 2009 at 6:47am.

Wonder how the NA NA NA song became related to baseball?
Comment posted by MIKEPROSPECT on Wednesday, April 29th 2009 at 7:34am.

Nancy Faust is generally credited with being the person who brought it to baseball, not just the White Sox. She's been the organist at both Comiskey Parks (the latter being The Cell) since 1970, the year I graduated grammar school and started high school. Her Wikipedia page is here:


Comment posted by HUdson 3-2700 on Wednesday, April 29th 2009 at 12:33pm.

Ugh "The Cell". It's always Comiskey to me.
Comment posted by Officedrone1 on Friday, May 1st 2009 at 12:51am.

I hear ya, Officedrone. I will always think of it as Comiskey Park the Second, because the original (the one where Appling, Aparicio, Collins etc. played) is gone.
Comment posted by HUdson 3-2700 on Friday, May 1st 2009 at 7:02am.

The White Sox started using the team logo featured in this promo in 1982, so I don't think that it is older than that. This is a great posting no matter what.
Comment posted by chicagofingers on Friday, August 21st 2009 at 9:41pm.

Actually, to clear up a couple of things...the featured team logo was NOT first used by the Sox in 1982. It was first used in 1976 when Bill Veeck bought the team. It can be seen in any photos of the park, old scorecards, Sox ads, etc. during the late '70's. They kept the logo into the 1980's. Also, this commerical ran in 1978, just prior to the '78 season. Veeck was trying to build upon the great fan outpouring during the exciting season of 1977, and used the song during this commercial. The song had actually been played by Nancy Faust in seasons previous to 1977, but fans didn't start singing along until 1977, when it really caught on and became the rallying cry for that unforgettable summer.
Comment posted by Niteowlfan on Tuesday, September 29th 2009 at 3:24pm.

Thanks, Niteowlfan. I updated the info. :-)
Comment posted by FuzzyMemories on Tuesday, September 29th 2009 at 3:35pm.

Just found out something kind of cool - comedian and TV personality Kathy Griffin appears in this commercial. It was her first role, when she was 17 years old. She appears at about the 15 second mark - blowing a kazoo. She has braids, a Sox hat and what looks like a pink checkered shirt, and is all the way to the left of the picture in the second row.
Comment posted by FuzzyMemories on Friday, July 30th 2010 at 12:16pm.

Wow! I'll be damned. I just saw her about a week ago at a book signing. I'm not a huge fan of hers so I didn't go into the bookstore but I was at the Jamba Juice nearby when she went in.
Comment posted by Pete on Friday, July 30th 2010 at 3:39pm.

The writer of the song, Paul Leka, passed away Oct 12, 2011. http://www.nytimes.com/2011/10/23/arts/music/paul-leka-a-songwriter-of-na-na-hey-hey-dies-at-68.html?_r=1&ref=obituaries
Comment posted by Phantom on Sunday, October 23rd 2011 at 11:20am.

ID's of two key individuals added to clip description.
Comment posted by W.B. on Wednesday, December 14th 2011 at 5:54pm.

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