Take Me Out To The Ball Game

Congrats to Julia over at Julia’s Rants for knowing that Dwight Gooden was the only pitcher to commit balks in two all-star games. Today’s question is down below.
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How many times have you wondered where Take Me Out to the Ball Game came from? Do you know who wrote it? 

Take Me Out to the Ball Game was written by Jack Norworth in 1908 who had never gone to a baseball game prior to when he wrote the song. Norworth was inspired to write the song after seeing a sign that said, “Baseball Today- Polo Grounds” while on the Subway. Norworth saw his first baseball game in 1940. It was first sung in 1971 by Harry Caray. 
However I would be unable to tell you the whole story of Take Me Out to the Ball Game without telling you about Albert Von Tilzer. Norworth wrote the words and Von Tilzer wrote the music. Von Tilzer also had never been to a baseball game before and went to his first one in 1928. In 1908 it was one of if no the most popular song that year. There were records, sheet music, and piano rolls. It is still popular today (obviously because if it was not then I would not be writing this.) It is so popular that it is believed to be the third most popular song played in the United States. In first is the Star-Spangled Banner and in second is Happy Birthday. 
When we listen to the song at baseball games it is different at some stadiums then others. The main difference is most teams replace the words “home team” with their team name. Like at Fenway Park we say “Red Sox”. In Chicago they say “Cubbies” because “Cubs” is a one syllable word. Some stadiums play it more then once every now and then. At Wrigley Field if the game goes to fourteen innings they will play it again.*The most times the song has been played in one game is three. On April 17, 2008 at Petco Park. A game between the San Diego Padres and the Colorado Rockies went 22 innings long. The song was played in the seventh, fourteenth, and twenty-first inning stretches.
The part song during the seventh inning stretch is just the chorus. Norworth actually made two versions of the song. One in 1908 another in 1927. Both songs have the same chorus.
(chorus)- Take me out to the ball game,

Take me out with the crowd
Buy me some peanuts and Cracker Jacks
I don’t care if I never get back.
Let me root, root, root for the home team,
If they don’t win, it’s a shame.
For it’s one, two, three strikes, you’re out,
At the old ball game.
The 1908 version looks like this.
Katie Casey was baseball mad,
Had the fever and had it bad.
Just to root for the home town crew,
Ev’ry sou
Katie blew.
On a Saturday her young beau
Called to see if she’d like to go
To see a show, but Miss Kate said “No,
I’ll tell you what you can do:”

(chorus)

Katie Casey saw all the games,
Knew the players by their first names.
Told the umpire he was wrong,
All along,
Good and strong.
When the score was just two to two,
Katie Casey knew what to do,
Just to cheer up the boys she
knew,
She made the gang sing this song:

(chorus)

The 1927 version looks like this.

Nelly Kelly loved baseball games,
Knew the players, knew all their names.
You could see her there ev’ry day,
Shout “Hurray”
When they’d play.
Her boyfriend by the name of Joe
Said, “To Coney Isle , dear, let’s go”,

(chorus)

Nelly Kelly was sure some fan,
She would root just like any man,
Told the umpire he was wrong,
All along,
Good and strong.
When the score was just two to two,
Nelly Kelly knew what to do,
Just to cheer up the boys she knew,
She made the gang sing this song:
Then Nelly started to fret and pout,
And to him, I heard her shout:

Take Me Out to the Ball Game is a classic for everyone. Wether your a life long fan or just learning the game of baseball. Red Sox fans and Yankees like it. Fathers and Sons love it. And I am sure everyone at the blogosphere loves it!
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All right today’s trivia question could be really easy for some people and really hard for others. “Since 2005 name three players that have been traded from the Houston Astros and have gone to a World Series the following year or the same year.”

Hint- They must be three different trades

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