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1914 & 15   E145   Cracker Jack

Take Me Out To The Ballgame
Lyrics by Jack Norworth
Music by Albert Von Tilzer

One fateful day in 1908 when Jack Norworth was riding a New York City subway, he spotted a sign that read "Ballgame Today at the Polo Grounds." By the end of his ride, he had scratched out some baseball-related lyrics that were later set to music by Albert Von Tilzer. The result would soon become the well known baseball song, Take Me Out To The Ballgame.

Despite the fact that neither Norworth nor Tilzer had ever been to a baseball game at the time the song was written, it is today one of the most widely sung songs in America.

The refrain of the lyrics are well known as:

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.
Less well known is the fact that Jack Norworth wrote well over 2000 songs, including Shine On, Harvest Moon, and several other baseball songs. None, however, was more famous than Take Me Out to the Ball Game!

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