Jack Norworth, lyrics
"Take Me Out to the Ball-Game,"
Jack O'Brien, words and music
"Batterin' Babe, Look at Him Now."
Baltimore: St. Mary's Industrial School, n.d.
Hector Marchese, "Play Ball."
New York: Roger Music, Inc.
The birth of baseball was followed quickly by the birth of baseball
songs. The first piece of such music was The Baseball Polka written
in 1858. The most popular of baseball songs, Take Me Out to
the Ball-Game, was penned by two songsters who had never even seen the
game. This song has become the game's anthem.
The Library has an extensive collection of sheet music celebrating
the game of baseball, its teams, and the sport's stars reaching
as far back as 1858--much of it attained through copyright deposit.
An American icon, Babe Ruth is considered by many to be the best
baseball player in the history of the game was the subject of numerous
popular songs. Batterin' Babe shown here "dedicated
to our own Babe Ruth" was published by St. Mary's Industrial
School, the reformatory and orphanage in Baltimore where Ruth spent
much of his youth.
"The Live Oak Polka,"
Mrs. Lou Gehrig and Fred Fisher,
lyrics and music
"I Can't Get to First Base
with You," 1935