Harry Caray, who is credited with being first
to sing "Take me out to the Ball Game"
during the 7th inning stretch at a ball game in
1971, once said,
"I would always sing it, because I think it's
the only song I knew the words to!"
On Opening Day in 1976 Bill Veeck noticed
the fans were singing along with Caray,
so a secret microphone was placed in the
broadcast booth the following day
to allow ALL the fans to hear him.
Veeck explained to Caray,
"Harry, anybody in the ballpark hearing you
sing "Take Me Out to the Ball Game"
knows that they can sing as well as you can.
Probably better than you can, so he or she
Heck, if you had a good singing voice you'd
intimidate them, and nobody would join in!"
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