July 28, 2012


My old friend from San Diego, Andy Strasberg, recently visited the grave of Jack Norworth who is buried about two miles from the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim stadium. Norworth wrote the lyrics to "Take Me Out to the Ballgame" with music by Albert Von Tilzer.

Andy has an extensive collection of recordings of the song and a large assortment of sheet music for baseball's anthem. You can see a book in the photo, "Baseball's Greatest Hit; The Story of Take Me Out to the Ballgame", by Tim Wiles, Bob Thompson and Strasberg.

A website selling the book has this information:

“Take Me Out to the Ball Game” is the third most frequently sung song in America, after “Happy Birthday” and “The Star-Spangled Banner.” This special edition, full-color book takes us on a fascinating journey into how the beloved song has come to take a special place in our cultural landscape. A glorious celebration brought to life through historical photos and clippings, baseball cards, movie stills, and more."

If you would like to order a copy, do a Google search for information.

July 18, 2012


Provided by Darrell Berger

1B Wally Joyner

2B Jeff Kent

3B Harmon Killebrew

SS Bobby Crosby

LF Cory Snyder

CF Jacoby Ellsbury

RF Dale Murphy

LSP Bruce Hurst

RSP Roy Halladay

RP Kyle Farnsworth

This reminds your blogger of Major League Baseball before 1947.

July 3, 2012

My favorite patriotic song . . Happy July 4, 2012

There are many that I love but this has special meaning to me. It was originally entitled, "You're a Grand Old Rag".

You're a Grand Old Flag

By George M. Cohan

You're a grand old flag,
You're a high flying flag
And forever in peace may you wave.
You're the emblem of
The land I love.
The home of the free and the brave.
Ev'ry heart beats true
'neath the Red, White and Blue,
Where there's never a boast or brag.
Should auld acquaintance be forgot,
Keep your eye on the grand old flag.