Take Me Out to the Ball Game

The words to song you hear (or maybe sing) at every baseball game, Take Me Out to the Ball Game were written 100 years ago by Jack Norworth, who had never been to a ball game! In fact, it was 32 years after he wrote the lyrics that Norworth attended his first major league game.
He was riding on the subway in New York, when he saw a sign advertising "Ballgame Today - Polo Grounds". The Polo Grounds were the name of the stadium used most notably by the New York (later San Francisco) Giants baseball team.

During the 30-minute subway ride, Norworth, an accomplished songwriter, dashed off the words to the song. Soon thereafter, he took the lyrics to composer Albert Von Tilzer who created the popular tune, which later that year, became a #1 hit.

Stamps of Distinction has the story of how the song became a tradition across America, leading to the issuance of a commemorative stamp released today. Link -Thanks, Tony!

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i agree with johnny. i don't care who sings what, i'd rather hear "take me out to the ballgame" over "god bless america" any day. now, let's get some runs.
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Cool story! It's always interesting to find out what's behind the things we take for granted.

Oh, and FWIW Josh Groban has a beautiful voice. Johnny Cat would do better to criticize people who can't actually sing, of which there are many.
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Unfortunately, since 9/11 we have to endure renditions of God Bless America by the likes of Josh Grobin at the All-Star Game, instead of the classic tune that was made for the Stretch.
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