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Take Me Out to the Ball Game

0803TakeMeOut.jpgThis year is the centennial of "Take Me Out to the Ball Game" the unofficial anthem of baseball composed by Albert Von Tilzer and written by Jack Norworth. Songs about baseball weren't new in 1908. "The Baseball Polka" had already been around for 50 years according to the Library of Congress Music Division. Yet "Take Me Out..." is probably the only piece of Tin Pan Alley music that most Americans can instantly recall. It's surely more memorable than "Take Me Out for a Tank Ride."

As Major League Baseball starts its 2008 season this week there will be many mentions of the song. Mainly, the league is hosting "in-park searches for the most talented performers of the unofficial anthem of baseball fans everywhere." (Enter online: here). There will also be many news articles about Katie Casey and the song's verses, as well as its conflicted history due to the new book Baseball's Greatest Hit: The Story of "Take Me Out to the Ball Game".

To get you in the spirit, Tinfoil.com, an online collection of early recorded sound, has a 1908 rendition of "Take Me Out..." performed by Edward Meeker.

The Library of Congress also has sheet music and other useful information on the song as well as many other baseball songs in their Performing Arts department:

Online Collection of Baseball Sheet Music including "Take Me Out to the Ball Game"
Bibliography of Published Baseball Music and Songs

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