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In Read on July 13, 2010 at 7:43 am

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.

Jack Norworth Monument.  Photo by Katie Falkenberg.

Jack Norworth Monument. Photo by Katie Falkenberg.

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.

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  1. Where do you find this stuff?? Nice to know the background of the most sing-and-swayable song ever!

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