• Take Me Out to the Ball Game …

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    The original version of the song, “Take Me Out to the Ball Game,” was written in 1908 by Jack Norwood and set to music by Albert VonTilzer. Oddly, neither of them had ever attended a baseball game before writing the song, which has become the unofficial anthem of baseball in America.

    Originally sung by Edward Meeker, it is now out of copyright and is traditionally sung by the crowd during the middle of the 7th inning of every major league baseball game and World Series.

    Note: The original lyrics include the word, “sou,” which means pennies. A newer version replaced sou with “cent,” which required changing the next line to “Katie spent.”

    Take Me Out to the Ball Game

    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:

    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.

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