Sheet music:Take Me Out to The Ball Game.

Teller, Sons & Dorner1908

The Strong National Museum of Play

The Strong National Museum of Play

A streetcar ad inspired songwriter Jack Norworth to pen the words to the song "Take Me Out to the Ballgame" in 1908 - and he had never been to a game in his life! Albert von Tilzer wrote the music, and the two scored an instant hit. Destined to become one of the most well-known songs in American history, it became a sensation when, sung by the legendary Broadway performer of the day, Bill Murray, it accompanied a set of picture slides in nickelodeons across the country. It was boom time for baseball: attendance at major-league games climbed from just four million in 1903 to a record 10 million by the end of the decade. Teams erected new stadiums across the country to accommodate the growing number of fans - all to the accompaniment of Norworth and Von Tilzer's now-legendary song. Fans still sing the chorus during the seventh-inning stretch at most ballparks throughout the country. What began with inspiration has become tradition.

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  • Title: Sheet music:Take Me Out to The Ball Game.
  • Creator: Teller, Sons & Dorner
  • Date Created: 1908, 1908
  • Location: New York, NY, New York, NY
  • Subject Keywords: baseball, portrait, baseball, portrait
  • Type: Entertainment and Music, Sports, Entertainment and Music, Sports
  • Medium: mixed media
  • Object ID: 78.76080, 78.76080
  • Artist: J. Hirt

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