"Take me out to the ball game
Take me out to the crowd
Buy me some peanuts and crackerjacks
I don't care if I never get back..."
How many of us remember it? Maybe if your birth-date is of a certain vintage?, But I don't think it's sung much anymore. And who knows what Crackerjacks are anymore? Again you have to be of a certain age.
"Take Me Out to the Ball Game" is a 1908 Tin Pan Alley song written by Jack Norworth and Albert Von Tilzer which became the unofficial anthem of North American baseball, although neither of its authors had attended a game prior to writing the song. The song's chorus is traditionally sung during the middle of the seventh inning of a baseball game. Fans are generally encouraged to sing along, and at some ballparks, the words "home team" are replaced with the team name.
Well, those were the days my friend, I thought they'd never end! Maybe the old song isn't sung much anymore, and maybe those heart-felt memories are not the same as they used to be "in the old days,", but the fervor for the sport of baseball with new players and new names is as strong as ever, not only in North America, but all over the world.
Canada plays it, the Scottish play it, the Germans and the Japanese too. The bats are still swinging and the calls from the umpire still resound loud and clear: "You're out!" "You're safe!"
We might not be as familiar with the song as we once were, but this website is doing its level best to honour and remember the great baseball players who made the game truly great. It's been over a century that the call was first heard: "Let's play ball!" - somewhere around 1845.! The New York Knickerbockers played the game way back then. However, the first "officially recorded" baseball game came later, taking place on June 19, 1846 in U.S. history , in Hoboken, New Jersey. The "New York Nine" defeated the Knickerbockers, 23-1, in four innings!
The earliest known reference to baseball came in a 1744 British publication, "A Little Pretty Pocket-Book", by John Newbery. It contains a rhymed description of "base-ball" and a woodcut that shows a field set-up somewhat similar to the modern game - though in a triangular rather than diamond configuration, and with posts instead of ground-level bases.
So, baseball goes back a long way, beyond our living memory. However, let's not forget the Great Players in the Baseball Hall of Fame who made the game truly great since those early years, and who etched their names into the annals of baseball history and the Baseball Hall of Fame! "Let's play ball!"