With a nod to tonight’s All-Star Game, here’s a piece in the L.A. Times about a new monument to Jack Norworth, who wrote “Take Me Out to the Ballgame” in 1908:
Norworth had never seen a baseball game when he wrote the song’s lyrics. He was riding the subway in New York when he saw a billboard for the Polo Grounds, the legendary ballpark where San Francisco’s Giants then played. He pulled out a pencil and paper and dashed out the lyrics.
Norworth actually updated the lyrics 19 years later, but the changes he made were to the verses, which I didn’t even know existed. Baseball Almanac has more details and the full lyrics, but no word on why Nelly Kelly replaced Katie Casey in 1927.