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Take Me Out to the Ballgame

Take Me Out to the Ballgame

by Jack Norworth, Jim Burke
     
 

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In this rendering of the beloved song Take Me Out to the Ballgame, Jim Burke captures an exciting era of America's favorite pastime - as well as the incredible story of one controversial contest that went down in the history books: In 1908, the year the anthem was written, one of the all-time most memorable match-ups in baseball history occurred when the New York

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In this rendering of the beloved song Take Me Out to the Ballgame, Jim Burke captures an exciting era of America's favorite pastime - as well as the incredible story of one controversial contest that went down in the history books: In 1908, the year the anthem was written, one of the all-time most memorable match-ups in baseball history occurred when the New York Giants faced the reigning World Series champion Chicago Cubs with their greatest weapon - Christy Mathewson, the greatest pitcher in Giants history and America's first true sports superstar.

Filled with fan-pleasing trivia and nostalgic paintings, here is a remarkable orchestration that brings the sights, sounds and smells of the ballpark, a century ago, vividly to life.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Pete Hamill's engaging introduction to this ebullient volume recalls the pivotal role baseball played in many Americans' lives in the early 20th century (pre-TV and even radio), including those living near Manhattan's legendary Polo Grounds. In Burke's (My Brothers' Flying Machine) stunning, realistic oil paintings, this ballpark becomes the backdrop for the lyrics of Norworth's renowned 1908 song, which the entertainer penned while riding the Ninth Avenue El overlooking the Polo Grounds on a game day. Burke cleverly presents the lyrics in the context of the September 23, 1908 game between the New York Giants and the Chicago Cubs during the National League pennant race. In the foreground-and featured in the lesser-known inaugural verse of the song-the artist pictures Katie Casey, the feisty young fan whose voice delivers the familiar chorus. As the exciting game plays on, sidebars provide additional details about the Polo Grounds, close-ups of Christy Mathewson's favorite pitches ("the greatest pitcher in New York Giants history"), the 1908 Giants' team roster as well as the origins of "hot dog" and Cracker Jack. Handsome artwork that deftly evokes the period as well as on-field action, fun facts and contagious baseball euphoria help deliver a grand slam of a volume that will be a hit with fans of all generations. The musical score by Albert Von Tilzer follows an "extra innings" page that describes the suspenseful end to the Giants-Cubs contest of 1908. Ages 3-6. (Apr.) Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
Children's Literature
The old-fashioned trading cards on the endpapers of the book present the cast of characters in Burke's tribute to the song, the era in which it was written, and baseball great Christy Mathewson. Hamill's introduction presents the social history of New York City in 1908 and reasons why baseball became "America's game." A facsimile of Jack Norworth's original manuscript, handwritten with words crossed out, begins the reader's journey. With a couple lines of the song on each page Burke acquaints the reader with the game played on September 23, 1908, between the New York Giants and the Chicago Cubs. The illustrations show the players, the Polo Grounds, the uniforms, and the fans. Along with information about that game, Burke presents the history of the Polo Grounds, illustrates and explains Mathewson's three pitches (the fastball, change of pace and the fadeaway, which is today's screwball), why teams use hand signals, and even the origin of Cracker Jack, all in a succinct text. Teachers can point to the original manuscript to show how revisions are made. The introduction is a great way to begin a discussion of life in America prior to World War I. Words and music are included at the end. This would make a fine gift, a great intergenerational read, and a worthy addition to the library collection. 2006, Little Brown and Company, Ages 7 to 10.
—Sharon Salluzzo
School Library Journal
Gr 1-5-Using the complete lyrics to the classic song, Burke creates a rollicking glimpse of baseball's early days. It's 1908, and Katie is devoted to her beloved New York Giants and their ace pitcher, Christy Mathewson. While she and her beau enjoy a hotly contested game, Burke adds tidbits of trivia. Readers learn about Mathewson, the Polo Grounds, pitching, umpires and hand signals, and Cracker Jack, which was introduced in 1893. Fans will enjoy these anecdotes, and many more. The lively paintings capture the infectious excitement of the big game, and Pete Hamill contributes a stirring introduction. Report writers will have to look elsewhere for the complete story, but, overall, Burke has fashioned a sparkling introduction to an exhilarating period in baseball history.-Marilyn Taniguchi, Beverly Hills Public Library, CA Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
Burke offers an atmospheric rendition of the old baseball chestnut. To crisply drawn, exactly detailed scenes of rabid young fan Katie Casey (the song's actual subject) in period dress and surroundings, he not only pairs all of the lyrics, but a tribute to New York Giants superstar pitcher Christy Mathewson too-with particular reference to a renowned 1908 playoff game against the archrival Chicago Cubs. He also weaves in plenty of baseball lore, from Mathewson's grips for various pitches to the origins of Cracker Jacks and the term "hot dog." Gilded further with a musical arrangement, a source list and even a reproduction of the song's original manuscript, this hits a line drive straight into baseball's storied past. Put it next to the umpteen illustrated versions of "Casey at the Bat." (Picture book/nonfiction. 7-9)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780316758192
Publisher:
Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Publication date:
03/29/2006
Pages:
32
Product dimensions:
8.75(w) x 11.37(h) x 0.37(d)
Age Range:
4 - 6 Years

Meet the Author

Jim Burke is a Gold Medal recipient from the New York Society of Illustrators and has won numerous other honors and awards of excellence. He is the illustrator for My Brothers' Flying Machine (2003), which received a starred review in Booklist, and A Christmas Gift for Mama (Scholastic, 2003).

Jack Norworth (1879-1959) was a successful singer and songwriter who performed on Broadway and vaudeville stages for over twenty years.

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