Baseball's anthem began as Tin Pan Alley hit
“Take Me Out to the Ball Game” was written – probably in about a half an hour – in the spring of 1908, by two gentlemen who were professional Tin Pan Alley songwriters and who professed never to have seen a big league baseball game.
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Since Caray’s death in 1998, the Cubs have continued the tradition of singing the song at Wrigley Field during the stretch – using guest conductors such as Hall of Famers Ernie Banks and Billy Williams, as well as Cubs alumni. Players and alumni from Chicago’s other professional sports teams the Bears, Bulls and Blackhawks have also recited the song along with other notables such as Jay Leno, Chuck Berry, Kenny Rogers, Eddie Vedder, Ozzie Osbourne, Dennis Miller, John Fogerty, Julia Louis-Dreyfuss, John Cusack, Lou Rawls, Cyndi Lauper, Muhammed Ali, Bonnie Blair, George Will, Gale Sayers, Walter Payton and Mike Ditka, just to name a few.
The beloved baseball song is played somewhere 365 days of every year, as verified by data from the American Society of Composers, Authors and Producers. It has been covered by over 500 recording artists and used in television and the movies over 1,200 times.
Tim Wiles was the director of research for the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum