Frank Sinatra would have turned 100 tomorrow. He had his fair share of baseball chops. He starred with Gene Kelly in the 1949 feature Take Me Out to the Ball Game in which he played second baseman Dennis Ryan of the famed “O’Brien to Ryan to Goldberg” ditty. Might not have been the greatest baseball […]
Pursuant to the previous piece re: Paul Auster’s suggestions on how to shorten the games, I offer this reboot of the seventh-inning stretch “anthem”: Take me out Buy me some peanuts. I don’t care. Let us root root for the laundry; If they don’t win, meh. For it’s two strikes, you’re out. The end. (Time […]
Bookshelf shorthand for Take Me Out to The Ball Game, as per Baseball-Reference.com’s Bullpen: To honor the lyricist of Take Me Out to the Ballgame, Jack Norworth Day is celebrated at Ebbets Field in Brooklyn. Neither Norworth nor his partner Albert Von Tilzer, who wrote the music, had ever seen a game when they created […]
The Story of the Sensational Baseball Song, by Amy Whorf McGuiggan. University of Nebraska Press, 2009. This slim volume would seem to be the companion for last year’s Baseball Greatest Hit. While the latter was almost a who’s who, what;’s what and where’s where of the game’s unofficial anthem, McGuiggan’s slim volume concentrates more on […]
From the Laguna Beach Independent: The scholarship of Andy Strasberg, one of the co-authors of the new book “Baseball’s Greatest Hit: the Story of ‘Take Me Out to the Ballgame,” is featured at the next Laguna Beach Historical Society program, Monday, Sept. 29.
VH1 used to run a program called “Pop Up Videos,” where they would “balloon in” factoids about the hot musical numbers of the day. ESPN The Magazine does something similar in print with “Take Me Out to The Ball Game,” which celebrates its centennial this year. The piece features the two main versions, written in […]
Tim Wiles, Bob Thompson, and Andy Strasberg — the authors of Baseball’s Greatest Hit: The Story of “Take Me Out to the Ball Game” — will be the featured guests at a reading and booksigning at the Lincoln Triangle Barnes & Noble on Monday July 14, at 7:30pm (the day before the All-Star Game). The […]
Brian Lehrer discusses The Zen of Bobby V with documentary filmmaker Andrew Jenks. Meanwhile, on Soundcheck, Tim Wiles, co-author of Baseball’s Greats Hit, discusses Take Me Out to the Ball Game. http://audio.wnyc.org/bl/bl051908bpod.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: iTunes | Android | RSS
The Sacramento Bee’s Bruce Dancis elaborates a bit on the book marking the 100th anniversary of the game’s unofficial anthem, “Take Me Out to the Ball Game.” The Houston Chronicle also takes an in-depth look at the iconic ditty.
The Story of Take Me Out to the Ball Game by Andy Strasberg, Bob Thompson, and Tim Wiles. Hal Leonard, 2008. This year marks the centennial of what baseball fans believe to be the true “national anthem” and this trio of authors have done the ditty proud. Baseball’s Greatest Hit is an “everything you always […]