Did you know that the 7th inning stretch anthem “Take Me Out to The Ballpark” was written by a man who had never attended a baseball game. The song was penned in 1908 by Jack Norworth while riding a subway train in New York and passing a sign that read “Baseball Today – Polo Grounds.” Although the chorus of the song is usually played at the stretch, the original version’s lyrics depicted a young lady who was asked out to a show but first insisted on seeing a ballgame.
The words were set to music by Albert Von Tilzer and was made popular by vaudeville acts of the day. It is believed that the song was first sung at a high school baseball game in 1934 and appeared in a Major League event that same year. Interestingly enough, it took Norworth another 32 years before he actually attended a baseball game and Tilzer another 20.
The song was selected by the National Endowment of the Arts as one of the “365 Top Songs of the Century.”