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“Take Me Out to The Ball Game” by Jack Norworth & Albert Von Tilzer

 

If you’ve ever been a baseball game, then you definitely know this song called, “Take Me Out to The Ball Game.” This song was first made in 1908 by Jack Norworth and Albert Tilzer. Norworth got inspiration to write this song– not being at a baseball game but actually while being on a subway in New York. After passing a sign that read “Baseball Today,” Norworth took out a piece of paper and started writing down lyrics. He then excitedly took the lyrics to Tilzer who wrote the melody to what became one of the most popular songs of the century. It was first played at a baseball game during Game 4 of the 1934 World Series. It is now played during the 7th inning stretch of every MLB game, while all of the fans sing along and root for the home team. Oddly enough, neither Norworth or Tilzer have ever actually even been to a baseball game until 30 years after this song was released.

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