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May 22, 2012
By BETTY J. POKAS - Times Leader Area Editor , Times Leader

"TAKE Me Out to the Ball Game" - like the game it describes - scored a hit more than a century ago when it was written.

It was 1908 when Jack Norworth, a vaudeville entertainer/songwriter, composed the baseball classic in 15 minutes when he was on a train ride to Manhattan, N.Y., according to the Baseball Almanac website. (It was not reported if he was on his way to a ball game.)

The lyrics written on a scrap of paper were given to Albert Von Tilzer who composed the music. Norwich produced a second version in 1927 when he changed some lyrics.

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A LOOK of concentration is evident on the face of this Blaine Blue Jays player so let’s hope he caught it. Neither player was identified.

Norworth probably never dreamed that it would continue as a popular song during the seventh inning stretch at games throughout the nation.

The accompanying photos are believed to have been taken at Ohio Valley Baseball League games, probably around 1990.

Pokas can be reached at bettypokas@yahoo.com.

 
 

 

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