Words: Jack Norworth; Music: Albert Von Tilzer (1908)

Lyrics

Take me out to the ball game,
Take me out to the crowd,
Buy me some peanuts and cracker jack
I don’t care if I never get back!

For it’s 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.

Background

“Take Me Out to the Ball Game” is a Tin Pan Alley song which has become the unofficial anthem of baseball, although neither of its authors had attended a game prior to writing it (Norworth and Von Tilzer finally saw their first Major League Baseball games 32 and 20 years later, respectively)! The song is traditionally sung during the seventh-inning stretch of a baseball game, and fans are encouraged to sing along.

In the song (in the verse, which we do not sing), Katie’s beau calls to ask her out to see a show. She accepts the date, but only if her date will take her out to the ballgame.

Performances

Here is a recording by Edward Meeker from the year the song was written: 1908! The chorus starts 40 seconds in.

And here is the great song and dance performance that Frank Sinatra and Gene Kelly give in the 1949 movie Take Me Out to the Ball Game. The chorus starts 30 seconds in: