Although, you would have never guessed the score from The Natural in 1984 was composed by Randy Newman!!! Sounding nothing like anything he has ever done, Newman composed music for The Natural that very similar to the style of classical composer, Aaron Copeland. It's not your typical happy piano themed tune sung by Randy Newman, but instead performed by full-blown orchestra. Newman received an Oscar nomination in 1984 for The Natural, but came up on the short end of the stick. It would take 11 more nominations until he received his first award in 2002. Knock The Cover Off The Ball has been used during baseball games when honoring players, and in many television and film previews. It was also used in the John McCain campaign when introducing Sarah Palin. Snippets of the song were included in the End Titles which you also might know as the song used for The Wonder Years series finale when we learn of what happened to the Arnold family. Below is the actual scene from the movie, the music begins around the three minute mark. Good stuff indeed!
Ladies and gentlemen.. #31 Knock The Cover Off The Ball by Randy Newman