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Take me out to the Ball Game ...

Buy me Some Peanuts & Cracker Jack ...

I Don't Care if I Never get Back ...

bronx baseball bronx yankees south bronx nycApril 9, 2018 / Bronx Neighborhoods / Bronx Sports & Bronx Culture / Bronx Buzz NYC.

It's that time of year again, although given we had a snowfall on April 2nd, you'd never know it. The 2018 Major League Baseball season has begun and both the Yankees & the Mets are off and running. The Mets are in first place in the National League East with 7 / 1 after placing second to the last with their Spring Training record. And the Yankees, came in fifth place with their Spring Training record, and are now in the middle of the pack of the American League East with a 5 / 5 record.

American Baseball 7th Inning Stretch Song

I got a hankering for a bit of baseball and the 7th inning stretch, and the song that accompanies it, so what follows is a bit of the history of the Take Me Out To The Ball Game song.

The first baseball song was reportedly created in 1858 and was called The Baseball Polka Song. In 1908 a New York song writer, Jack Norworth, wrote the song and it was set to music by composer Albert Von Tilzer. It was performed in vaudeville acts and also in recordings.

take me out to the ball game song history bronx nycThe song was played at the 1934 World Series between the St. Louis Cardinals, whose nickname was the Gashouse Gang because the players were a rowdy, boisterous and reportedly unbathed group. In 1935 the Marx Brothers used it in one of their films, A Night at the Opera. The war likely put its growth on hold, but it returned to popular culture in the 1950's and 1960's. In 1958, on the 50th anniversary of the song creation - the songwriter, Jack Norworth, was presented with a gold lifetime pass to the Brooklyn Dodgers baseball games.

Click here to learn more about the 7th inning stretch song entitled Take Me Out To The Ball Game.


Take me out to the Ball Game ...

Buy me Some Peanuts & Cracker Jack ...

I Don't Care if I Never get Back ...

April 9, 2018 / Bronx Neighborhoods / Bronx Sports & Bronx Culture / Bronx Buzz NYC. Continued.

 

The Chicago Confectioners of Cracker Jacks Get Free Promotional Advertisement

cracker jack at ball game yankees bronx nycCracker Jack was believed to have been invented in the late 1800's by a couple of German immigrants, Frederick and Louis Rueckheim in Chicago. The company had started in the early 1870's and they carmelized the corn sometime before the first documented notice of it hit the Chicago Tribune in a newspaper 'story' in March of 1896 according to the Made In Chicago Museum.

Songwriter Jack Norwood reportedly added 'cracker jack' to the lyrics to complete the rhyme scheme and was not compensated for the 'pro bono' advertising that the hit song provided to the the Chicago confectioners. After the song became a hit the Rueckheims started adding prizes into the box, which at first were reportedly baseball related. You can find the rest of the cracker jack story at the MadeinChicagoMuseum.com website.

Harry Caray Becomes its End of 20th Century Performer

In the early 1970's, Harry Caray, a famed Major League Baseball announcer [started with the St. Louis Cardinals in 1945], started singing Take Me Out To The Ball Game in tandem with the organ playing during the 7th inning stretch at a Chicago White Sox game in Comiskey Park on the south side of Chicago. The White Sox owner reportedly convinced harry caray sings take me out to the ball game bronx nychim to start singing it over the public address system in 1976. He took his famous rendition of Take Me Out To The Ball Game with him to Wrigley Field and the Chicago Cubs in 1982 and continued singing it until he left them in 1997 [died February 1998].

So the song has been around a long time, and gone around the country. And anyone who has been to any sort of big baseball game or knows anyone who likes baseball, likely has heard the tune any number of times. It's a bit of Americana which remains copyright protected until 2029. Here are a few of the most memorable lyrics.

Baseball Song Lyrics Reportedly on Copyright Thru 2029

"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."

Here's wishing us all a good 2018 baseball season. Enjoy.

The Song & Cracker Jacks graphics and Harry Caray photo are from the baseball-almanac.com, MadeinChicagoMuseum.com & Wikipedia.org respectively.


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