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Sunday, February 5, 2012

Take Me Out to the Ball Game

By Jack Norworth & Albert Von Tilzer

For this Superbowl Sunday, I give you the unofficial anthem of America's true pastime and greatest sport. Norworth was inspired to write the song by a sign on the subway advertising New York Giants baseball at the Polo Grounds. Von Tilzer would later add lyrics, and the song became a hit on the vaudeville circuit, introduced by Norworth's then-wife Nora Bayes. Interestingly, it would not be played at an actual major league baseball game until the mid 1930s--ironically, right around the time that Norworth and Von Tilzer actually saw their first live game.


Katie Casey was baseball mad,
Had the fever and had it bad.
Just to root for the home town crew,
Ev'ry sou
Katie blew.
On a Saturday her young beau
Called to see if she'd like to go
To see a show, but Miss Kate said "No,
I'll tell you what you can do:"

Take me out to the ball game,
Take me out with the crowd;
Buy me some peanuts and Cracker Jack,
I don't care if I never get back.
Let me root, root, root for the home team,
If they don't win, it's a shame.
For it's one, two, three strikes, you're out,
At the old ball game.

Recorded By:

Frank Sinatra & Gene Kelly
Bob Dylan
Neil Sedaka & Jerry Lee Lewis
Dr. John
Esther Williams


Anonymous said...

Wow. I always thought this song was by "traditional," with lyrics by "anonymous." You live and learn. The great Alber von Tilzer wrote the lyrics? Thanks, B-sol!

I just recently acquired a bunch of Nora Bayes .mp3s from archive.org, and this isn't among them. IP issues, maybe?

I have you in my RSS feed, and although I rarely comment, stuff like this is why I read this blog.

B-Sol said...

Nope, it's far too "new" to be a "traditional" song like, say "Auld Lang Syne", which is about 250 years old. I don't think I've heard Nora Bayes, believe it or not.
As always, thanks for reading Howard. Folks like you are why I keep working so diligently on Standard of the Day!

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