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1908 "Take Me Out to The Ball-Game" First Edition Sheet Music

Lot Number 225

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As recounted in the fascinating 2008 book Baseball's Greatest Hit: The Story of "Take Me Out to the Ballgame" (by Robert Thompson, Tim Wiles and Andy Strasberg), this classic American anthem topped the charts for seven weeks after the Cubs' 1908 world championship. There are several variations of the original sheet music with different portraits—but the most popular is surely that seen here featuring lyricist Jack Norworth. Norworth, whose eventual fame was such that Ebbets Field hosted a "Jack Norworth Day" in 1940, is also known for the Ziegfeld Follies hit "Shine on Harvest Moon," which became the name of the 1914 biopic based on Norworth's life. VG-EX condition.

We're proud to present what is easily the largest vintage sheet music collection that we've come across. It consists of rare baseball songs and even rarer football examples—a good number of which showcase that most desirable feature of vintage sheet music: photographic player/team portraits. The collection measures the standard full-size dimensions of approximately 10x14 or thereabouts. Due to the nature of their delicate paper medium, many of the offerings have received strict technical grades yet actually display nicer. There are also some cover notations or inscriptions from past owners as is often the case. Now let's strike up the band!

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