One of the best-known songs in America, "Take Me Out to the Ballgame
" was written
by vaudeville's Jack Norworth in 1908. The``music is by Albert von Tilzer, whose York
Music Company published it. The song became a sensation when it was included with
a set of picture slides in nickelodeons across the country. The verse has been largely
forgotten, but the chorus is still sung at most ballparks in the country during the
seventh-inning stretch. The complete song goes:
Katie Casey was baseball
Had the fever and had it bad;
Just to root for her hometown
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
I'll tell you what you can do."
Take me out to the
Take me out with the crowd.pp2
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 its a shame.
For it's one, two, three strikes you're out
At the old ball game!