Take Me Out to the Ball Game

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  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2009-04-01
  • Publisher: Univ of Nebraska Pr
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For anyone who has ever sung "Take Me Out to the Ball Game" during the seventh-inning stretch and wondered why we sing it when we are already at the ball game, this entertaining book supplies the answers. And why did this song become the sport's anthem rather than one of hundreds of other baseball songs, such as George M. Cohan's "Take Your Girl to the Ball Game," written the same month? This story, told here in full for the first time, evokes the bright hope of turn-of-the-century America, the backstage drama of vaudeville, and the beguiling charm of baseball itself. Amy Whorf McGuiggan supplies the fascinating details behind the song's beginnings in 1908, when Jack Norworth, a vaudeville headliner and Tin Pan Alley songwriter who had never even been to a game, was inspired by a subway advertisement to create the song that, though a hit in its day, did not become a time-honoured tradition until broadcaster Harry Caray and team owner and marketing genius Bill Veeck Jr. reintroduced it during the 1970s. Here is America's game and the American century seen through the prism of one impossibly catchy tune and illustrated throughout with vintage photographs, advertising images, and sheet music culled from America's premier collections.

Author Biography

Amy Whorf McGuiggan is a freelance writer and the author of My Provincetown and Christmas in New England. She lives in Hingham, Massachusetts. Mike Veeck is president and co-owner of six Minor League baseball teams and the author of Fun Is Good: How to Create Joy & Passion in Your Workplace & Career.

Table of Contents

Forewordp. xi
Acknowledgmentsp. xiii
Introduction: Up with the Curtain; On with the Showp. xvii
The Early Years: A Brief History of Baseballp. 1
The New Centuryp. 11
Ladies and Gentlemen, Please Take Your Seatsp. 19
1908: The Year of the Songp. 39
Baseball and Musicp. 51
Take Me Out to the Ball Game: The Sensational Baseball Songp. 61
Let Me Hear You Good and Loud...A-one, A-two, A-threep. 89
Baseball as Vaudevillep. 99
Exit Smilingp. 113
Bibliographic Essayp. 119
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