Baseball’s Anthem Was Written By Two Songwriters Who Never Saw A Baseball Game

The opening days of baseball season are upon us. It’s time to think baseball. No other song embodies baseball like “Take Me Out to the Ball Game.” This song, written by Jack Norworth and Albert Von Tizer, is the de-facto official baseball song, a true anthem of America’s national pastime. Neither of the songwriters ever attended a baseball game prior to writing the song in 1908. Showing the true power of a well-written song, this song’s chorus is broadcast over the P.A. systems at most baseball stadiums during “the seventh inning stretch,” with the fans singing along in today’s world.

Although there have been many recorded versions, the most famous was done by Ed Meeker for Edison records. This version was selected by the Library of Congress as an addition to the National Recording Registry.

Here’s a link to Ed Meeker’s version.

Here are the original lyrics, as sung by Ed Meeker:

Katie Casey was baseball mad,
Had the fever and had it bad.
Just to root for the home town crew,
Ev’ry sou
Katie blew.
On a Saturday her young beau
Called to see if she’d like to go
To see a show, but Miss Kate said “No,
I’ll tell you what you can do:”

[Chorus]

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.

Katie Casey saw all the games,
Knew the players by their first names.
Told the umpire he was wrong,
All along,
Good and strong.
When the score was just two to two,
Katie Casey knew what to do,
Just to cheer up the boys she knew,
She made the gang sing this song

The Beserkley Story on Selvin On The City

Beserkley Records’ “Reigning Looney” Matthew King Kaufman visits the basement record library to recall his subversive rock guerilla encampment with Earth Quake, Jonathan Richman, Greg Kihn, the Rubinoos and others.

A Must Read For Any Beatles Fan

GK_rubber_soul_cover200pxGreg Kihn is a true pioneer of the rock thriller genre, and this book is a perfect example. As a Beatles fan, I loved this novel by musicologist, hit recording artist, and dedicated rocker, Greg Kihn. What a page-turner, I almost read the whole book in one sitting. It is a well researched work, based upon numerous interviews with Beatle members and their wives. These facts make “hanging out with The Beatles in Liverpool” seem so real. This is a great romp thru Beatlemania. Rubber Soul includes a lot of action, as well as a murder mystery. I highly recommend this read to any and all Beatles fans.

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