Gimme Steam: The band Nancy Faust made a permanent part of the sports lexicon.
1969 — A little-known studio musical group came out with an oddly-named song. On this date, it broke into the Billboard Top 100 chart and would eventually move all the way to No. 1. The group was called Steam; the song, “Na Na Hey Hey (Kiss Him Goodbye)”. Thanks to the efforts of White Sox organist Nancy Faust in 1977, it would become the song Sox fans used to “serenade” pitchers being removed from games.
Today, you can hear it practically at every stadium in America … but it started on the South Side!
Organ, grounded: Nancy Faust played her last for the White Sox in 2010. (Dan Kraemer/@DanCBS2)
1906 — The White Sox clinched the pennant while waiting out a rain delay in St. Louis against the Browns. When the game was finally played, the Sox shut out St. Louis, 4-0, behind Frank Owen. The Sox would end 1906 at 93-58-3, beating the New York Highlanders (Yankees) by three games for the pennant.
1993 — The Sox rung down the curtain at old Municipal Stadium in Cleveland by beating the Indians, 4-0. Jason Bere got the last win in the cavernous stadium, which was replaced in 1994 by Jacobs Field.
2005 — As baseball was wrapping up the regular season, Paul Konerko appeared on the cover of Sports Illustrated sliding into second base in a game against Cleveland. The cover headine read: Playoff Scramble. Who’s Out, Who’s In? White Sox vs. Indians. Yankees vs. Red Sox. 4 teams, 3 Spots
2010 — Beloved by Sox fans for generations as the organist at White Sox ballparks, Nancy Faust played her last game as the team beat Cleveland, 6-5. Nancy took over as Sox organist in 1970 and in the ensuing 40 years rarely missed a game.
Her lasting contribution was unearthing a little known rock song in 1977 that turned into an anthem used by numerous pro and college teams. Nancy started playing Steam’s, “Na Na Hey Hey (Kiss Him Goodbye)” when an opposing pitcher was being removed from the game. It caught on like wildfire with Sox fans, and became one of the things identified with the franchise.