Saturday, March 12, 2011

Baseball Tunes: Take Me Out to the Ball Game

"Take Me Out to the Ball Game" by Jack Norworth and Albert Von Tilzer is essential to the baseball experience. What true fan of the game doesn't know all of the words to the chorus by heart? But how many of them know the song also has verses? There are, in fact, two different versions of verses: the first written in 1908, the second in 1927. Here's the original as sung by Edward Meeker:

My Wife, the alleged Cubs fan, insists that I include the inimitable Harry Caray. She's right, of course.

A Yankees fan I am not. But how can one not love Bernie Williams?

Harpo Marx

Frank Sinatra and Gene Kelly, from the film Take Me Out to the Ballgame. I must say, I'm impressed that Frank can keep up with Gene on the dance steps.

Buck O'Neil. I believe this is from the Ken Burns documentary. I don't care what he says. What a great voice, speaking as well as singing! The man was a born storyteller.

Last but certainly not least, Glenn Donnellan on his electric violin/bat.


  1. My Wife, the alleged Cubs fan

    Funniest thing I have read ALL week!

  2. ...and I agree with you about Buck O'Neil. I also love the look on(I am guessing it is Vivian Vance)'s face while Harpo is playing...

  3. You just don't understand how Cubs fans work.