Take Me Out to the Ball Game

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Information About Take Me Out to the Ball Game

"Take Me Out to the Ball Game" is a 1908, Tin Pan Alley song, the words were written by Jack Norworth and Albert Von Tilzer wrote the music. The song was supposedly inspired by an older song called "The Baseball Polka!' from 1858.

American singer Edward Meeker recorded the first version of the song; a version which was later to be selected by the Library of Congress, as an example of a song that is "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant", for the National Recording Registry.

The song went on to become the unofficial anthem of baseball but famously, neither Norworth nor Von Tilzer actually saw a game of baseball prior to writing the song.

"Take Me Out to the Ball Game" or rather the chorus only, is traditionally sung at a baseball game usually during the 7th inning stretch.

Not many people know that this song was actually written about a young lady named Katie Casey and how she loved baseball. Baseball was not a woman's sport in its primary stages but as time went by and the game progressed - it became "sport entertainment for the family". But when this was written - it was rare to see women interested in the sport but young Katie knew all the players names and would yell at the umpires and sing "take me out to the ball game" to her favorite players!

This song was written in 1908 by a man named Jack Norworth. One day when he was riding a New York City subway train, he spotted a sign that said "Ballgame Today at the Polo Grounds". Some baseball-related lyrics popped into his head, that were later set to some music by Albert Von Tilzer, to become the well known baseball song, "Take Me Out To The Ballgame". Despite the fact that neither Norworth or Tilzer had ever been to a baseball game at the time the song was written, it is one of the most widely sung songs in America.

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Here's the longer version that introduces Nelly Kelly

Nelly Kelly loved baseball games,
Knew the players, knew all their names,
You could see her there ev'ry day,
Shout "Hurray" when they'd play.
Her boy friend by the name of Joe
Said, "To Coney Isle, dear, let's go,"
Then Nelly started to fret and pout,
And to him I heard her shout.

"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".

Nelly Kelly was sure some fan,
She would root just like any man,
Told the umpire he was wrong,
All along, good and strong.
When the score was just two to two,
Nelly Kelly knew what to do,
Just to cheer up the boys she knew,
She made the game sing this 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".

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Chloe, Canada

16 October 2014 at 9:38pm

It's on DLTK's Websites for Children with a picture and audio.

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nothing, Israel

13 October 2014 at 5:56am

beeping song

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Chloe, Canada

18 August 2014 at 6:47pm

Thanks to Tom Campbell!

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Chloe, Canada

13 August 2014 at 3:04pm

I'm glad they have corrected spacing!!

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Canada, Canada

20 July 2014 at 10:23pm

I used to like this song. Kididdles also has it. 8notes has sheet music.

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Chloe, Canada

25 May 2014 at 9:19pm

DLTK-Crafts has this song.

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Grr, United States

22 February 2013 at 2:16am

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Payton, United States

7 March 2012 at 5:14am

I love this song this site showed me how to sing it finely :-D Yay

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Paula, United States

4 March 2012 at 2:21pm

I have loved this song since I was a small child - because of my dad who knew everything about the game. Today, I am an educator and have found this song to be especially fun since I am teaching the poem ' Casey at the Bat'. This is my introductin to teaching the poem and I am sure my students will have some great fun singing it. As an addition - I have purchased peanuts and cracker jacks for each child (no one has allergies to any of this) and I am hoping they will have fun while we sing and then watch a short video about baseball!

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Gbvytmgbmntf, Jamaica

23 February 2012 at 2:12pm

liijuhui

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Isaiah, Australia

21 February 2012 at 2:16pm

shut up! carson

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Baseball<3er, United States

13 December 2011 at 11:20pm

what r u guys talkin bout. Do u have a problem with talking a!\bout butts. weirdos!

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Brittany, United States

3 August 2011 at 5:59pm

Awesome! I'm making a big list of songs to sing on the bus next year. This definitley is making the cut! btw, In able to comment, I have to say what three minus three is to ensure I'm human... What are they expecting alien invasion through the internet?!

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Carson, United States

9 July 2011 at 1:46am

This is carson watts of council grove kansas!

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Carson, United States

9 July 2011 at 1:45am

Eat my butt! lol

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Benny, Bolivia, Plurinational State Of

9 July 2011 at 1:44am

Carson is Silly!

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Noob Above, Bhutan

9 July 2011 at 1:42am

Noob above

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[poop], United States

9 July 2011 at 1:41am

My butt likes to take me to the toilet, my butt likes to poop!

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Frank, United States

28 March 2011 at 12:02am

Hurray, just four days away,spring and baseball I love the game. Go L. A. Angels!

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Karisa, United States

6 March 2011 at 10:50pm

very good i never heard that 1 b4 !

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