TAKE ME OUT TO THE BALLGAME

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TAKE ME OUT TO THE BALLGAME
“Take Me Out to the Ball Game” is an early-20th century Tin Pan Alley song which
became the unofficial anthem of baseball although neither of its authors had attended a
game prior to writing the song. The song is traditionally sung during the seventh-inning
stretch of a baseball game, in spite of being written from the perspective of someone not
at a game. Fans are encouraged to sing along. The words were written in 1908 by Jack
Norworth, who while riding a subway train, was inspired by a sign that said “Baseball
Today — Polo Grounds“. The words were set to music by Albert Von Tilzer, (Norworth
and Von Tilzer finally saw their first Major League Baseball games 32 and 20 years later,
respectively). The song was first sung by Norworth’s wife Nora Bayes and popularized by
various vaudeville acts. Norworth wrote an alternative version of the song in 1927.
Take me out to the ball game
Take me out to the crowd
Buy me some peanuts and crackerjack
I don’t care if I never get back
For it’s 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 ballgame!