Wednesday, April 30, 2008

Iconic Baseball Tune Will Never Retire

COOPERSTOWN, N.Y. (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) – Baseball’s biggest hitter will never be benched.

Baseball’s Greatest Hit: The Story of Take Me Out to the Ball Game (Hal Leonard) documents the history of the legendary baseball ballad, which is celebrating its 100th anniversary this year.

The song was written by Jack Norworth and Albert Von Tilzer, and, behind “Happy Birthday” and The National Anthem, is the most frequently sung song in America.

Co-author Tim Wiles listened to 570 versions of the diamond ditty in his research, including renditions by LL Cool J, Frank Zappa, and Liberace, and despite stranger takes on the tune – like the Chipmunks version – Wiles says the seventh-inning song isn’t going anywhere.

He says, “There have been songwriting contests to replace it, but have you heard the winner? This is a great piece of American pop culture.”

Wiles also says the song’s “wholesome” lyrics keep it safe amidst baseball’s infamous steroid scandal.

Baseball’s Greatest Hit is out now.

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