Take Me Out to the Ballgame by Jack Norworth
(Aladdin Picture Books)

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A visual salute to the song that has become an anthem to our national pastime, baseball. Readers will recognize Jackie Robinson, Cookie Lavagetto, Spec Shea, and other renowned Yankee and Dodger players and fans. For everyone who loves a ballgame, here's a home run! A new arrangement of the classic song is included. Full color.
 

About Jack Norworth

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Published October 31, 1992 by Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers. 40 pages
Genres: Sports & Outdoors, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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The rollicking, perennially popular song, written in 1908- -with Jack Norworth's lyrics and the chords for the chorus included, plus ``The [two] Original Verses,'' but not the tune to go with them.

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The song may have been written by a man who had never been to a game, and it was first sung on the vaudeville circuit of early-20th-century America, but it has long since taken its place as the venerable and beloved anthem of baseball.

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To crisply drawn, exactly detailed scenes of rabid young fan Katie Casey (the song’s actual subject) in period dress and surroundings, he not only pairs all of the lyrics, but a tribute to New York Giants superstar pitcher Christy Mathewson too—with particular reference to a renowned 1908 playoff...

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Just in time for spring training, Take Me Out to the Ball Game, based on the lyrics of the well-known tune, inspires John Stadler's intricately detailed pop-up spreads.

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Readers can read the lyrics to the perennial baseball anthem, while listening to a tinny instrumental recording that plays when the book opens.

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This ode to Norworth's beloved anthem includes the song's little-known verses about "Katie Casey," who is depicted as a baseball-obsessed cat.

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""Gillman scores a solid hit,"" said PW's starred review of this ""sensational"" adaptation of a classic song, here given the backdrop of the 1947 World Series between the Brooklyn Dodgers and New York Yankees.

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Gillman scores a solid hit with this spirited rendition of the familiar ballpark song in a sensational picture book that skillfully conjures up the smell of peanuts, popcorn and sweaty uniforms.

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Like baseball teams and individual players, who are measured against those who came before them and will come after them, every baseball song, past and future, is measured against “Take Me Out to the Ball Game.” And so far, after a century, the song’s impressive streak remains unchallenged.

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