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Jack Norworth Twice Autographed 1949 Take Me Out To The Ball Game Movie Music Song Sheet
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The pictures below show larger views of this Jack Norworth Twice Autographed 1949 Take Me Out To The Ball Game Movie Music Song Sheet. The song “Take Me Out To The Ball Game” was written by Jack Norworth in 1908 and it has been the most famous baseball song of all time. This song has boosted the sale of Cracker Jack, the pop corn confection, greatly at ballgames. This music songsheet was signed twice him on the front. It appears that Jack Norworth was distracted while he was signing this 1949 movie songsheet, because he signed it to himself. He was 70 years old at the time of this movie. The autographs are clear, written in ink pen, and the inscription reads as follows:

TO
JACK NORWORTH
GOOD LUCK
ALWAYS
JACK NORWORTH

The cover pictures the stars of the movie, Frank Sinatra, Esther Williams, and Gene Kelly, on a baseball coming from a baseball field. The sheet also has the songs “You Made Me Love You” and “My Little Girl” as well. The back page has advertising for modern piano playing music.The closed music song sheet measures about 9-1/8'' x 12-1/8''. It appears to be in excellent condition as pictured, but the fold is starting to separate at the top and bottom.

Below here is some information about Jack Norworth:

Jack Norworth
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Background information
Birth name: John Godfrey Knauff
Born: January 5, 1879 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
Died: September 1, 1959 (aged 80) in Laguna Beach, California, United States
Occupations: songwriter, singer, vaudeville performer, actor
Associated acts: Nora Bayes

John Godfrey Knauff (January 5, 1879 - September 1, 1959), known professionally as Jack Norworth, was an American songwriter, singer and vaudeville performer.

Biography
Norworth is credited as co-writer of a number of Tin Pan Alley hits. He wrote the lyrics to “Take Me Out to the Ball Game” (music by Albert Von Tilzer) in 1908, his longest lasting hit. It wasn’t until 1940 that he witnessed a major league baseball game. The song placed at number 8 on the “Songs of the Century” list selected by the National Endowment for the Arts and the Recording Industry Association of America.

His “Shine On, Harvest Moon” was a bigger hit at the time. There is some disagreement about his involvement in its creation. Broadway historian John Kenrick credits Edward Madden and Gus Edwards, while the family of Follies songwriter Dave Stamper claims he wrote the song while working as the pianist for Nora Bayes, the officially credited co-writer with Norworth. Another possibility for the music could lie with George Gershwin, who was also a piano player for this vaudeville troupe. Albert Koch, of Wisconsin, also an accomplished songwriter, claims to have written the song himself, and sold it outright for $50, forfeiting the rights to the song.

Other popular songs credited to Norworth include “Back to My Old Home Town”; “Come Along, My Mandy”; “Dear Dolly”; “Good Evening, Caroline”; “Holding Hands”; “Honey Boy”; “I’m Glad I’m a Boy / I’m Glad I’m a Girl”; “I'm Glad I’m Married”; “Kitty”; “Meet Me in Apple Blossom Time”; “Over on the Jersey Side”; “Since My Mother Was a Girl”; “Sing an Irish Song” and “Smarty”. “Turn Off Your Light, Mr. Moon Man” is a sequel to “Shine on, Harvest Moon”.

Born John Godfrey Knauff in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania to Theodore Christian Knauff and Louise H. (Pearson) Knauff, he changed his name to Jack Norworth when he went into show business. His father was an organ builder and also a choir director at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church in Philadelphia. The theater was not a reputable career in that time especially coming from a religious family. Following a few years at sea, he landed in New York City at age 20 to embark on a show business career. In 1908 he married Nora Bayes, with whom he performed in vaudeville; the couple divorced in 1913. Following the Ziegfeld Follies (1909), Norworth appeared in a number of Broadway theater productions and was heard on early radio, such as his March 1928 guest appearance on Acousticon Hour.

Before Bayes, he had been married to actress Louise Dresser. He appeared in early sound films with his third wife, Dorothy Adelphi. He was portrayed by Dennis Morgan in the 1944 musical film Shine On, Harvest Moon (in which Ann Sheridan played Bayes as the love of Norworth’s life) and by Ron Husmann in the 1978 Ziegfeld biopic Ziegfeld: The Man & His Women. He is a member of the Songwriters Hall of Fame.

Jack Norworth died of a heart attack in Laguna Beach, California and is interred at Melrose Abbey Memorial Park in Anaheim, California, just across I-5 from the Los Angeles Angels ballpark. On July 11, 2010, a 3 foot tall black granite monument, paid for by concerned fans, was installed about 100 feet from Jack’s actual headstone.

Here is the original 1908 lyrics to the “Take Me Out to the Ball Game” song by Jack Norworth:

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”:
Take me out to the ball game,
Take me out with the crowd.
Buy me some peanuts and Cracker Jack,
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.
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:
Take me out to the ball game,
Take me out with the crowd.
Buy me some peanuts and Cracker Jack,
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.

Below here, for reference, is the cast list for the 1949 movie “Take Me Out To The Ball Game”:

Frank Sinatra - Dennis Ryan
Esther Williams - K.C. Higgins
Gene Kelly - Eddie O'Brien
Betty Garrett - Shirley Delwyn
Edward Arnold - Joe Lorgan
Jules Munshin - Nat Goldberg
Richard Lane - Michael Gilhuly
Tom Dugan - Slappy Burke
Dorothy Abbott - Dancer (uncredited)
Harry Allen - Wolves Player (uncredited)
Murray Alper - Zalinka (uncredited)
Bette Arlen - Girl in Bathing Suit (uncredited)
Gilbert Barnett - Kid (uncredited)
Virginia Bates - Girl on Train (uncredited)
Richard Beavers - Wolves Player (uncredited)
Ramon Blackburn - Wolves Player (uncredited)
Royce Blackburn - Wolves Player (uncredited)
Ellsworth Blake - Wolves Player (uncredited)
Jack Boyle - Wolves Player (uncredited)
Jack Bruce - Wolves Player (uncredited)
John Burger - Wolves Player (uncredited)
James Burke - Policeman (uncredited)
Ed Cassidy - Teddy Roosevelt (uncredited)
Eddie Cutler - Wolves Player (uncredited)
Eddie David - Wolves Mascot (uncredited)
Paul Dunn - Senators Mascot (uncredited)
Pat Flaherty - World Series Umpire (uncredited)
Sally Forrest - Dancer at Wharf Party (uncredited)
Douglas Fowley - Karl (uncredited)
Sol Gorss - Steve (uncredited)
Wilton Graff - Nick Donford (uncredited)
Robert Graham - Kid (uncredited)
Mack Gray - Gangster Henchman (uncredited)
Edna Harris - Baseball Fan (uncredited)
Sam Harris - Baseball Game Attendee (uncredited)
Timmy Hawkins - Kid (uncredited)
Edward Hutson - Giants Mascot (uncredited)
Jackie Jackson - Child (uncredited)
Si Jenks - Sam, the Driver (uncredited)
Roberta Johnson - Girl in Bathing Suit (uncredited)
Gordon Jones - Senator Catcher (uncredited)
Hubie Kerns - Wolves Player (uncredited)
Marilyn Kinsley - Pretty Girl (uncredited)
Bob Koetler - Kid (uncredited)
Pete Kooy - Wolves Player (uncredited)
Henry Kulky - Acrobat (uncredited)
Richard Landry - Wolves Player (uncredited)
Joi Lansing - Girl on Train (uncredited)
Mitchell Lewis - Fisherman (uncredited)
George McDonald - Kid (uncredited)
Esther Michelson - Fisherman’s Wife (uncredited)
Isabel O’Madigan - Baseball Fan (uncredited)
Eddie Parks - Dr. Winston (uncredited)
Gil Perkins - Baseball Fan (uncredited)
Lee Phelps - Stage Manager (uncredited)
Aaron Phillips - Wolves Player (uncredited)
Dorothy Pina - Tumbler (uncredited)
Charles Regan - Gangster Henchman (uncredited)
Jack Rice - Room Clerk (uncredited)
Joseph Roach - Wolves Player (uncredited)
Frank J. Scannell - Reporter (uncredited)
Almira Sessions - Baseball Fan (uncredited)
Bob Simpson - Wolves Player (uncredited)
Robert Skelton - Photographer (uncredited)
Robert R. Stephenson - Baseball Fan (uncredited)
Brick Sullivan - Trainer (uncredited)
Charles Sullivan - World Series Spectator (uncredited)
William Tannen - Reporter With Teddy Roosevelt (uncredited)
Hank Tobias - Kid (uncredited)
Dolly Walker - Tumbler (uncredited)
Dick Wessel - Umpire (uncredited)
Harry Wilson - Baseball Game Attendee (uncredited)

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