9 Bits of Irony


Take Me Out to the Ball Game

Next to the national anthem, the song most associated with the game of baseball is "Take Me Out to the Ball Game," an early-20th-century song usually played during the seventh-inning stretch. Ironically, it was written by two men who had never attended a baseball game.

Jack Norworth wrote the words in 1908, after seeing a sign that said, "Baseball Today -- Polo Grounds." Albert Von Tilzer added the music. The song gained popularity in vaudeville acts, and now it's played at nearly every baseball game in the country.