October 23, 2003: Musician, Yanni, performs a keyboard instrumental version of The Star-Spangled Banner before Game 5 of the 2003 World Series at Pro Player Stadium, Florida.
Born Yiannis Chryssomallis in 1954 in Kalamata, Greece, “Yianni,” as he is professionally known, shot to music stardom in 1990 after his high-profiled appearances on the Oprah Winfrey Show, People Magazine, and his best-selling records and sell-out concerts. Well known for his instrumental music, being performed on piano and keyboard, and described as an eclectic fusion of ethnic sounds, Yianni circled the globe and became a global artist.
His breakthrough concert was in September 1993 when he performed at the 2,000-year-old Herodes Atticus Theater at the Acropolis of Athens. It was his first live album and featured the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and its sixty musicians. He has recorded sixteen studio albums and five live albums, totally over 25 million sales, and has performed in over thirty countries.
On October 23, 2003, Yanni performed a keyboard instrumental version of The Star-Spangled Banner before Game 5 of the 2003 World Series, between the New York Yankees and the Florida Marlins. The Marlins won the game, 6 to 4, and won the series beating the Yanks 4 games to 2.