This song was written in 1908 by a man named
Jack Norworth. One day when he was riding a New York City subway train, he
spotted a sign that said "Ballgame Today at the Polo Grounds." Some baseball-related
lyrics popped into his head, that were later set to some music by Albert
Von Tilzer, to become the well known baseball song, "Take Me Out To The Ballgame."
Despite the fact that neither Norworth or Tilzer had ever been to a baseball
game at the time the song was written, it became the second most widely sung
song in America (second only to the National Anthem).
Take me out to the ball game
Take me out with the crowd
Buy me some peanuts and Crackerjacks
I don’t care if I never 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!