The unofficial anthem of baseball, "Take Me Out to the Ball Game" is traditionally sung during the seventh-inning stretch of a baseball game. Between the top and bottom of the seventh inning, fans are invited to stand and stretch their legs, and sing along.
The song was introduced around 1900 in vaudeville acts. It is associated today with Chicago Cubs television announcer Harry Caray, who led the singing at games in Wrigley Field from 1981 through 1997.
The lyrics (need proofing):
- Take me out to the ballgame, take me out to the crowd.
- Buy me some peanuts and Cracker Jack.
- I don't care if I never get back
- For it's root, root, root for the home team.
- If they don't win, it's a shame.
- For it's (shout) ONE, TWO, THREE strikes, you're out
- At the old ball game.
"Why do people sing 'Take Me Out to the Ball Game' when they're already there?" -- Larry Andersen, major league ballplayer