Monday, June 11, 2007

Take Me Out to the Ball Game

At ballparks around the majors, Take Me Out to the Ball Game has been played and sung by baseball fans young and old. The Baseball Almanac and Wikipedia agree that the song was written by Jack Norworth and set to music by Albert Von Tilzer in 1908 in New York City. The verse which is sung at the ballpark these days is actually the chorus of a longer song.

"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."
(Full Song Text)

The tradition of singing the song during MLB games did not immediately follow the writing of the song, and is said to have been started by Harry Carey in 1971.

Harry Carey's Take Me Out to the Ball Game

Growing up in Toronto as a Blue Jay's fan and attending many Blue Jay's games I 'came up' knowing nothing of Take Me Out to the Ballgame. During the 7th Inning Stretch at Jay's games, Ok Blue Jays! was played (and sung, and danced), and Take Me Out to the Ballgame didn't get a spin. That's since changed, and now they play both the traditional tune and a funked up version of Ok Blue Jays! immediately afterwards.

You can catch a selection of related musical highlights on YouTube by following this link, or check out the Video Playlist below.

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