Take Me Out to the Ballgame

Soon hopefully we will all be free to get out and about and perhaps sports fans will be able to go to ball games. In 1908 the best song of the year was “Take Me Out to the Ballgame”.  This was known as a Tin Pan Alley song and was written by Jack Norworth and Albert Von Titzer. In the U.S. it became baseball’s unofficial anthem. Traditionally the chorus of the song is sung during the middle of the seventh inning. Fans are often encouraged to sing along.

For the first time, this song was played at a ballpark in 1934 during a high school game and later that same year during the fourth game of the 1934 World Series. The song was selected as one of the 365 top “Songs of the Century”.

The first recorded version was sung by Edward Meeker. This version has been selected by the Library of Congress as a 2010 addition to the National Recording Registry.


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