Take Me Out to the Ball Game Introduction
“Take Me Out to the Ball Game” is as American as apple pie and, well, baseball. But the seventh inning stretch hymn was not written for the ballpark; it was written for Vaudeville, a term that describes both a style of entertainment and a circuit of theaters popular around the turn of the century. Even as the song was soaring to the top of the Vaudeville charts, though, Vaudeville itself was dying. By 1930, Vaudeville was dead, rendered obsolete by a new, more exciting form of entertainment: the movies.
“Take Me Out to the Ball Game” survived, though. It jumped off the stage and onto the diamond where it belonged. Today it is the third most frequently sung song in America. (Can you name the first two?) But how exactly did the song get so popular? And when did it first make the leap from stage to sandlot? And most importantly, what’s the deal with those extra verses? Who on earth is Katie Casey??? Keep reading to find out.
About the Song
|Writer(s)||Jack Norworth (lyrics), Albert Von Tilzer (music)|
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“Take Me Out to the Ball Game” also reveals important details about America at the time it was written. While most people today only recognize the song’s chorus, there are also several verses to the tune, and it is probably no accident that the songwriter chose an Irish heroin for those verses. His decision says something about both Irish immigration and the history of women in America.