Take Me Out to the Ballgame: Smithsonian Institution American Favorites

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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 ...
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Overview

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.

The lyrics of the familiar song, illustrated by pictures based on the World Series games played between the Dodgers and the Yankees in 1949 in Ebbets Field.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Gillman scores a solid hit with this spirited rendition of the familiar ballpark song in a sensational picture book that skillfully conjures up the smell of peanuts, popcorn and sweaty uniforms. Norworth's tune itself is secondary to the details included in Gillman's nostalgia-filled paintings of the 1947 World Series between the Brooklyn Dodgers and the New York Yankees at Ebbets Field. As in a wordless picture book, the illustrations tell the story right down to the final ``three strikes, you're out'' as the Dodgers lose the game. Gillman has provided readers with plenty of absorbing and ingenious details--from his baseball card self-portrait on the jacket flap to the action-filled paintings of Jackie Robinson, announcer Red Barber and the members of the ``Sym-Phony,'' a raggle-taggle band of Dodger fans who heckled umpires with their rendition of ``Three Blind Mice.'' A lively, well-researched four-page addition to the text explains both the background of the song and the characters who appear in it. An exciting view of history and an intriguing book of baseball trivia combined, this ``Ballgame'' will be met with resounding cheers. All ages. Children's BOMC selection. (Jan.)
Children's Literature - Susie Wilde
The illustrations recall the 1947 World Series game between the Dodgers and Yankees at Ebbets Field. The classic song is here with its music and original lyrics. A history of the composer is included as well. The illustrator's passion for baseball is evident here, and he has found a way to slide in information in a way younger children can understand.
Children's Literature - Donna Freedman
Name this tune: "Katie Case was baseball mad, had the fever and had it bad, just to root for the home town crew, ev'ry sound Katie blew...." Give up? Well, the chorus is a little more familiar: "Take me out to the ball game..." The lyrics to the original verses are just some of the trivia you'll learn in this wonderfully evocative children's paperback. The beloved chorus of the song is the only "story" here, accompanied by illustrations based on Game 5 of the 1947 World Series. Gillman used vintage photos as his inspiration, drawing first in pen and ink, then adding watercolors and highlighting with colored pencils. The result is a warm, loving homage to "Dem Bums," their fans and Ebbets Field. The back of the book offers a brief, interesting history of the club and the song, including the fact that neither the lyricist nor the composer ever went to a baseball game. 1999 (orig.
School Library Journal
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This picture book, with a CD embedded in its cover, presents a simplified introduction to the classic baseball sing-along. As a boy and his father enjoy a game, illustrations bear out each verse of the chorus. Two pages of notes follow, along with the complete lyrics to Jack Norworth's 1908 and 1927 versions of the song. The notes briefly explain its history, including the fact that Norworth attended his first major-league game in 1940. There are also a few words about Harry Caray, legendary announcer, who was known for singing along to the tune during broadcasts. Pamintuan's cartoonlike digital graphics are exaggerated and practically pop off the page. The CD adds little: readers can listen along to the simple text and hear the chorus repeated over and over. While the snippets of information may hold some appeal to baseball fans, the overall effect is underwhelming. Steer young readers to Jim Burke's Take Me Out to the Ball Game (Little, Brown, 2006) for a delightful introduction to the song's history and a lively glimpse of baseball's early days.
—Marilyn TaniguchiCopyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
School Library Journal
PreS Up-- Baseball lovers of all ages will enjoy the big, bold, pen-and-ink and watercolor illustrations that accompany and elucidate Norworth's famous chorus. To illustrate the well-known song, Gillman has chosen the fifth game of the 1947 World Series, played in Brooklyn between the Dodgers and the Yankees. The crowds arrive at Ebbets Field; peanuts and Cracker Jack are bought by a couple of lively boys; a band plays; and the stands are filled with cheering, shouting fans. Jackie Robinson takes his turn at bat; Red Barber announces the game; and then, in the bottom of the ninth, Cookie Lavagetto strikes out and the Dodgers lose. The music, the complete lyrics, information on the early days of the ``Trolley Dodgers,'' Ebbets Field, and the 1947 Series are appended. Full of nostalgia, excitement, and a good bit of sports history, this celebration of America's national pastime is sure to be a winner.-- Shirley Wilton, Ocean County College, Toms River, NJ
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)
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Jack Norworth

"CARLY SIMON is an internationally renowned singer and songwriter who has won two Grammy® Awards, as well as a Hall of Fame Grammy, an Oscar®, and a Golden Globe® Award for "Let the River Run" from the film Working Girl. In 1994, she was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame.

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