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Did you know there are two versions of that popular baseball song “Take Me Out To The Ball Game?”

And did you know that when we all sing along during the seventh inning stretch at a baseball game, we’re only singing the chorus?



I had no idea! The original version was written by Jack Norworth in 1908, with music composed by Albert Von Tilzer. It includes two verses about a a baseball mad woman who insists her boyfriend take her to a baseball game instead of a Broadway show. According to Baseball-Almanac.comNorworth wrote the lyrics in about fifteen minutes on a train ride into Manhattan. He was actually a famous and prolific songwriter during his day, having written more than 2,500 songs, including “Shine On, Harvest Moon.”

About 20 years later, in 1927, Norworth decided to update the lyrics. You can view the lyrics to both versions, plus hear some famous sing-along versions by clicking here.

One of the most amazing facts about this song is that songwriter Jack Norworth never attended a professional major league baseball game until 1940! That’s thirty-two years after he wrote the original version of this baseball classic.

I don’t know about you, but after all this talk about baseball, I’m ready for a hot dog, and “some peanuts and cracker jack!”


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Larry Martino is the long-time Afternoon Drive personality on 96.3 KKLZ – Las Vegas. After programming top-rated radio stations in cities like Bakersfield, CA, Nashville, TN, and Riverside / San Bernardino, CA, he and his family decided to plant roots here in Las Vegas in 1994. The views and opinions expressed in this blog are those of Larry Martino and not necessarily those of Beasley Media Group, LLC.


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