In , the first known baseball song was written, "The Base Ball Polka! Norworth then provided those paper scrap lyrics to Albert Von Tilzer who composedthe music which in turn was published by the York Music Company and before the year was over, a hit song was born. In , he changed some lyrics and a second version appeared. Baseball Almanac is proud to present both versions and an actual print of the original sheet music cover. It's really a stupid thing to say and I don't know who made 'em sing it. Why would somebody that's there get up and sing take me out to the ball game? The first person to do it must have been a moron.
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Take Me Out To The Ball Game
Men played it, and men gathered to watch it. Women weren't banned outright from ballparks, though they weren't exactly welcomed. She knows the players and their stats, and spends her last pennies on tickets.
Fans are generally encouraged to sing along, and at most ballparks, the words "home team" are replaced with the home team's name. Jack Norworth , while riding a subway train, was inspired by a sign that said "Baseball Today — Polo Grounds ". In the song, Katie's boyfriend calls to ask her out to see a show. She accepts the date, but only if her date will take her out to the baseball game. The words were set to music by Albert Von Tilzer and registered with the U. Copyright Office on May 2, The song was first sung by Norworth's then-wife Nora Bayes and popularized by many other vaudeville acts.