Back in 1968, a rising Puerto Rican pop star, José Feliciano, was asked to sing at Game 5 of the World Series. David Redfern/Getty Images hide caption toggle caption David Redfern/Getty Images Code Switch A Different National Anthem, Before The Nation Was Ready For It November 2, 2017 "I did it to show my appreciation to America ... I love this country." Jose Feliciano, on singing the national anthem his way. His performance at the 1968 World Series sparked a national controversy.