Edward Meeker - TAKE ME OUT TO THE BALL GAME

First performance: 13/06/1973


Coverinfo

'Take me out to the ball' game is known to have been performed at least once during what is considered the Greetings From Asbury Park, N.J. Tour. Many of that period's setlists are incomplete or unknown, and therefore, the song may have been played on some more dates during the Greetings From Asbury Park, N.J. Tour.
 
 

1973-06-13 - BROOME COUNTY VETERANS MEMORIAL ARENA, BINGHAMTON, NY
The show includes a brief (but unique) rendition of "Take Me Out To The Ball Game".

  • The Rising Tour 
On this tour, the song was played as an instrumental opener.

2003-08-06 - PNC PARK, PITTSBURGH, PA
The show starts with "Take Me Out To The Ball Game" performed by Nils, Danny and Roy all on accordion.

2003-09-06 - FENWAY PARK, BOSTON, MA
Show starts with Danny playing "Take Me Out To The Ball Game" on organ

2003-09-07 - FENWAY PARK, BOSTON, MA
Show again starts with Danny playing "Take Me Out To The Ball Game" on organ. Audio for the live 07 Sep 2003 performance of Take me out to the ball game at Fenway Park in Boston, MA, was released on the Live In Barcelona home video in 2003. 

  • Wrecking Ball Tour   
The first of two shows in Canada. Charles Giordano's welcomes the band onstage with "Take Me Out To The Ball game" . 
 
2012-09-02 - CITIZENS BANK PARK, PHILADELPHIA, PA
"Take Me Out To The Ballgame" welcomes the band on stage, played by Charlie Giordano on organ. 
 

Songinfo

"Take Me Out to the Ball Game" is a 1908 song by Jack Norworth and Albert Von Tilzer which has become the unofficial anthem of North American baseball, although neither of its authors had attended a game prior to writing the song. The song's chorus is traditionally sung during the middle of the seventh inning of a baseball game. Fans are generally encouraged to sing along, and at some ballparks, the words "home team" are replaced with the team name. Jack Norworth, while riding a subway train, was inspired by a sign that said "Baseball Today – Polo Grounds". In the song, Katie's beau calls to ask her out to see a show. She accepts the date, but only if her date will take her out to the baseball game. The words were set to music by Albert Von Tilzer. (Norworth and Von Tilzer finally saw their first Major League Baseball games 32 and 20 years later, respectively.) The song was first sung by Norworth's then-wife Nora Bayes and popularized by many other vaudeville acts. It was played at a ballpark for the first known time in 1934, at a high-school game in Los Angeles; it was played later that year during the fourth game of the 1934 World Series. Norworth wrote an alternative version of the song in 1927. (Norworth and Bayes were famous for writing and performing such hits as "Shine On, Harvest Moon". With the sale of so many records, sheet music, and piano rolls, the song became one of the most popular hits of 1908. The Haydn Quartet singing group, led by popular tenor Harry MacDonough, The first recorded version was by Edward Meeker. Meeker's recording was selected by the Library of Congress as a 2010 addition to the National Recording Registry, which selects recordings annually that are "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant".
 
 
 

Other cover versions

 
  • The song (or at least its chorus) has been recorded or cited countless times in the 110 years since it was written. The first verse of the 1927 version is sung by : Gene Kelly and Frank Sinatra at the start of the MGM musical film, Take Me Out to the Ball Game (1949).
  • An alternative rock version by the Goo Goo Dolls was also recorded.
  • Multiple genre Louisiana singer-songwriter Dr. John and pop singer Carly Simon both recorded different versions of the song for the PBS documentary series Baseball, by Ken Burns.
  • In 2001, Nike aired a commercial featuring a diverse group of Major League Baseball players singing lines of the song in their native languages. The players and languages featured were Ken Griffey, Jr. (American English), Alex Rodriguez (Caribbean Spanish), Chan Ho Park (Korean), Kazuhiro Sasaki (Japanese), Graeme Lloyd (Australian English), Éric Gagné (Québécois French), Andruw Jones (Dutch), John Franco (Italian), Iván Rodríguez (Caribbean Spanish), and Mark McGwire (American English).

Bruce on the artist

Lyrics

Me out to the ballgame (you can all sing, you know all the words)
Take me out to the crowd
Go buy me some peanuts and Cracker Jacks
I don't care if I never get back
So we root (root) root root for the home team (home team)
If they don't win it's a shame (it sucks!)
'Cause it's one
Two (two)
Three strikes you're out at the old ball game