Lot 458. Original 1908 Sheet Music for “Take Me Out To the Ball Game. Jack Norworth wrote the words to “Take Me Out to the Ball Game” on a piece of scrap paper after passing the Polo Grounds while on a train ride to Manhattan. He had never been to a game. It took him all of 15 minutes to write the lyrics, which he then gave to Albert Von Tilzer, who composed the music to the song that is heard during the 7th inning stretch in ballparks everywhere. It is believed that only the National Anthem and Happy Birthday are played more frequently. The sheet music is complete and remains intact with significant separation along the spine, a 1 1/4” tear and some smaller tears, and a name lightly written in the upper right. Ray Dooley is pictured on the cover. He likely is one of many vaudeville performers who sang and promoted the song. Typically the performer received compensation if the song became popular. At least 20 different singers appeared on “Take Me Out to the Ball Game” sheet music.
Winning Bid $92
Lot 459. 1908 Sheet Music for George M. Cohan’s “Take Your Girl to the Ball Game.” Cohen was an entertainer, playwright, composer, actor, singer and dancer who began his career as a child performing with his parents in a vaudeville act. His songs include “Give My Regards to Broadway” and “You’re a Grand Old Flag.” He wrote this song with William Jerome and Jean Schwartz. The illustration on the sheet music cover shows a man and woman watching a baseball game with action at home plate. The cover, which is separated from the two following pages, has edge chips and tears, and there are edge tears on the two other pages. The song was promoted as a novelty summer waltz and a “Home Run Hit.”
Winning Bid $50
Lot 460. 3 Pieces of Early 1900s Sheet Music Linked to the World Champions Philadelphia A’s. Connie Mack’s Philadelphia Athletics won the World Series of 1910, 1911 and 1913. Two pieces of sheet music soon capitalized on the Athletics’ success and the off-season jobs of some players. Like other star players, Cy Morgan, Chief Bender and Jack Coombs supplemented their baseball income by appearing in vaudeville. In fact, some made more from vaudeville than from baseball. Usually, the baseball players had minor roles; the vaudeville stars did most of the acting and singing. In 1911, the three A’s appeared in a vaudeville skit titled “The Learning Game,” which had a baseball theme. Advertising claimed the players were appearing in the uniforms they wore in the World Series. “Oh, Mr. Dream Man, Please Let me Dream Some More,” by Jimmie V. Monaco, was a song in the skit. On the front, the 1911 sheet music for the song pictures Morgan, an A’s pitcher and vaudeville off-season regular. The cover of the 10.5” x 14” sheet music is largely separated from the back cover. Otherwise, the music is vg-ex. The back promotes “I Want a Girl Just Like the Girl that Married Dear Old Dad” as “The Greatest March Ballad Ever Written.” The second sheet music, “Remember Me to My Old Gal,” may very well have a vaudeville connection. The cover claims that this 1912 song was “Successfully Introduced by Those Three Great Ball Players, Chief Bender, Coombs and Morgan, the Heroes of the World’s Series.” They are pictured in uniform on the cover. George Moriarty, third baseman for the Detroit Tigers, wrote the words, and Al. W. Brown and J. Brandon Walsh provided the music. (Moriarty’s name is misspelled “Moriarity.”) Vg+ to ex. Sheet music for “That Baseball Rag” doesn’t mention any A’s or picture them, but the team is designated with a World’s Champions 1913” pennant on the front cover. Dave Wolff wrote the words and Clarence Jones, the music, to this 1913 song. Vg+ with a tiny chip at the bottom right edge of the cover. As published, this sheet music ranges from 10” to 10.5” x 13.5” x 14.” It is complete. Recently, one of these three pieces, with a page missing, was offered for more than $170. We’ll start the bidding a bit lower.
Winning Bid $55
Lot 461. 4 Pieces of Sheet Music with a Baseball Connection – Tigers, Reds, Braves and Yankees. This sheet music, issued as early as 1907 and as recently as 1955, is associated with MLB teams in various ways. “The Tigers Went a Hunting,” from 1907, is dedicated to “Hughey Jennings (the Tigers’ manager) and His Great Ball Club.” His Tigers had won the American League title and were about to face the Cubs in the World Series. The front and back covers have 10 well executed illustrations depicting or related to tigers. The pages are separated, relatively brittle and have edge chips and tears that do not affect the music or illustrations. F+. Thomas H. Griffith, right fielder for the Cincinnati Reds, is pictured on the cover of “I’ll Change Your Shadows to Sunshine.” He wrote the words, and Elmer B. Griffith wrote the music. Otherwise, the 1912 song has no connection with the Reds. Parts of two other songs by Thomas Griffith are provided inside the front cover and on the outside of the back cover – “Take me back to old Ohio” and Ireland Dear Old Ireland.” Pages separated, two names on the front cover, g-vg. The most direct association with a team is provided by “The Milwaukee Braves Song,” words and music by Florence Heather Beyer, 1953, ex-m. A New York Yankees cap, punctured by a pitchfork, is on the cover of sheet music for “Whatever Lola Wants” from “Damn Yankees.” This 1955 sheet music is vg. The Tigers and Braves sheet music is scarce.
Minimum Bid $50
Lot 462. Original 1911 Sheet Music for “The Base Ball Glide. Harry Von Tilzer, who wrote the music for “A Bird in a Gilded Cage,” “Wait ‘Til the Sun Shines Nellie” and “Take Me Out to the Ball Game” also provided the music for “The Base Ball Glide.” Andrew B. Sterling, lyricist for “Meet Me in St. Louis” and Von Tilzer’s “Nellie,” wrote the lyrics. The sheet music shows some minor creasing and a light stain near the spine of the inside pages. “St. Claire” is barely noticeable in light pencil on the front cover. The spine is nicely intact. On the cover a man and woman dance within a baseball diamond on a light green background; she stands on a baseball. The title is in large red letters outlined in black. Coupled with “Take Me Out to the Ball Game” sheet music, this artwork would make an excellent contribution to a great display.
Winning Bid $20