Tuesday, March 25, 2008

Take Me Out to the Ball Game

The Major League Baseball season opened today -- albeit on Japanese soil -- with Boston defeating Oakland 6-5 in 10 innings. (For the record, Oakland was considered the home team.)

This month also marks the 100th anniversary of the release of the baseball standard, "Take Me Out to the Ball Game." One of the earliest recordings of the tune released in 1908 featured vocalist Edward Meeker (pictured), whose singing is heard on the slideshow.

Allen Barra wrote a full feature on "Take Me Out to the Ballgame" for The Wall Street Journal last Saturday. Barra said the song's wild popularity "may have been sparked by the pennant races of a century ago, which had sports fans talking long after the 1908 World Series ended." By the way, the Chicago Cubs won the 1908 National League pennant in a wild race, and then beat Detroit in the World Series. The Cubbies haven't won a World Series since.

Could this year be the Cubs' "next year"?

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