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Take Me Out to the Ball Game
Date Issued: 2008-07-16
Postage Value: 42 cents

Commemorative issue
Take Me Out to the Ball Game
Take Me Out to the Ball Game

"Take Me Out to the Ballgame" was composed on a New York City subway in 1908 by Jack Norworth. Notable recordings of the song include: The Haydn Quartet, with popular tenor Harry MacDonough, who recorded a popular hit rendition of the song in 1908 for Victor Records; and Harry Caray, the Hall of Fame sportscaster who made the song a popular staple of ballpark entertainment beginning in the early 1970's. The song was also made popular in the 1949 MGM musical film, Take Me Out to the Ball Game, with Gene Kelly and Frank Sinatra. The original lyrics penned by Norworth in 1908 are part of the collections at the National Baseball Hall of Fame Library in Cooperstown.

The stamp image is based on a circa-1880 “trade card” from the personal collection of art director Richard Sheaff of Scottsdale, AZ. The original card shows a baseball scene and contains words promoting a product made by a Michigan company. The stamp art shows the same scene but replaces the product-related words with “Take Me Out to the Ball Game,” the stamp denomination, notes from the music, and the words “United States of America.”
 

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