In 1908, Jack Norworth
was riding a New York City subway train when he
saw a sign that said "Ball game Today at
the Polo Grounds." He was not a fan of the
game, but some baseball-related lyrics popped
into his head anyway. Albert Von Tilzer, a popular
songwriter, liked the lyrics and put music to
them. What resulted was a song called, Take
Me Out to the Ball Game. Neither man had
ever been to a baseball game and wouldn't attend
one for many decades. Second only to the National
Anthem, this song is the most widely sung song
To the left, is a very rare, signed copy of Take
Me Out to the Ball Game.
Below, is a cigar box, circa 1908, which features
the likeness of Jack Norworth.