Monday, February 25, 2013

Take Me Out to the Ball Game

Steinbrenner Field: Spring training home of the New York Yankees.

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:"
   
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:
   
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.


— Jack Norworth


Written in 1908, Take Me Out to the Ball Game has become an integral part of every baseball game. Typically played during the seventh-inning stretch the song was composed by Jack Norworth while riding the New York City subway past the long-gone Polo Grounds. The song was set to music by Albert Von Tilzer.

In 2001, Take Me Out to the Ball Game was selected as one of the Songs of the Century by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA), the National Endowment for the Arts, and Scholastic Inc. Take Me Out to the Ball Game is ranked eighth among the 365 songs on the list. Curiously, it wasn't until 1940 that Norworth saw his first professional baseball game.