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July 28, 2012

A BOOK THAT CELEBRATES "TAKE ME OUT TO THE BALLGAME"


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.

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