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Friday, September 19, 2008

Take Me Out To The Ball Game Stamp

“Take me out to the ball game, take me out with the crowds, buy me some peanuts and Cracker Jacks…..” This song is probably one of the most recognized songs in American history. It is traditionally sung at baseball games throughout the country during the 7th inning stretch.
It seems only fitting that the United States Postal Service has issued a postage stamp commemorating the song as well as the tradition of American baseball.

On July 26, 2008, a Digital Color Postmark Keepsake stamp, as well as a full pane of 20 stamps was released. The stamp celebrates the 100 year anniversary of this fantastic song.
Take Me Out To The Ball Game was composed by Jack Norworth in 1908. It was written on a piece of scrap paper while he rode the subway in New York City. Norworth was a successful vaudeville entertainer and songwriter who is famous for writing and performing “Shine On Harvest Moon”.

He wrote Take Me Out To The Ballgame in a mere 15 minutes. He quickly joined with Albert Von Tilzer who then wrote the music to the words of the song. The funny thing is that neither man had ever even attended a baseball game prior to writing the song.

An interesting fact about the song is that the part that we all sing at baseball games is only the chorus. There are also 2 verses (and two versions) that are not known and never sung at ball games. Another fun fact about the song is that if a baseball game reaches the 14th inning stretch, the song is sung again. It was even sung in the spring of 2008 at the 21st inning stretch at the Rockies vs. Padres game!

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