"Nothing flatters me more than to have it assumed that I could write prose-unless it be to have it assumed that I once pitched a baseball with distinction."
- Poet Robert Frost



Since it first inspired the imagination of the American public, baseball has been the inspiration of numerous songs and musical compositions. On this page we have collected many examples of this music, prepared as MP3 files. We have also created and are offering for download 2 collections (our original collection and a new collection) of unique 19th Century and early 20th Century sheet music related to baseball.

We also have a Windows baseball screen saver created from dozens of images of early old-time baseball, a few of which you can see on this page.

We also now have a free collection of classic baseball music in MP3 format along with a few PDF collections of poetry, prose and more related to baseball.

Here's something you won't hear every day......
Bob Dylan singing
Take Me Out To The Ballgame acapella!

"I see great things in baseball, It will take our people out-of-doors, fill them with oxygen, give them a larger physical stoicism, tend to relieve us from being a nervous, dyspeptic set, repair those losses and be a blessing to us." - Walt Whitman


Sheet Music

All of the following pieces of sheet music listed below, collections 1 & 2 are now available for download. The music is scans of the original sheet music, and we provide this music in "PDF" format. The music in the PDF files is prepared for easy black and white printing on standard paper size..

Sheet Music (and more)
included in the collections..........

Baseball Music Collection #1

The Base Ball Song
by W.J. Bullock - 1874

Bat and Ball March
by Julius E, Muller Opus 198 #4 - 1880

Bat and Ball March
by E. Mack - 1880

The Atlantic Polka

Composed and dedicated to "The Atlantic Baseball Club"
of Brooklyn, New York
by Horace Van Tassell - 1870

America's National Game
Music by H.O. Wheeler, Lyrics by Percy Kingsley - 1889

Base Ball On The Brain
Words by J. T. Nealon & Music by E. E. Hummer - 1910

Take Your Girl To The Ballgame
Geo. M. Cohan, Wm. Jerome, Jean Schwartz - 1918

At The Baseball Game
Chas H. Graff - 1910 - Piano

That Baseball Rag
(MP3 instrumental)
Music by Clarence Jones, Lyrics by Dave Wolfe

Babe Ruth
Words by Jeremy Gold, music by Geo. Graff -1922

Una Schottisch" a piano piece composed for the Una Baseball Club of Charleston, "junior champions" in 1870, 1872, and 1873

Babe Ruth
Lyrics by Jos. McCarthy, music by Harry Tierney - 1921

Live Oak Polka
J. H. Kalbfliessh - 1860

Oh You Red Sox
Words by Geo. Ashworth, music by Ellen Ashworth - 1912

I Can't Miss That Ball Game
Beo. Moriaty & Joe Cooper - 1910
Voice & Piano

The Day I Played Baseball - Irish Comic Song
Pat Rooney - 1878
Voice & Piano

The Baseball Glide
(MP3 instrumental)
Andrew Sterling & Harry Von Tilzer 1911
Voice & Piano

Home Run Quickstep
John Zebly Jr, 1861

Babe Ruth - He's A Home Run Guy
A. Atkins & Harry W. Trout - 1922
Voice & Piano

Ball Club March
J. Thomas Baldwin - 1888

The Ball Player March & Two Step
Burt Brenton - 1897

Baseball vs. Opera (a Kunkel Musical Post card)
L.C. Davis & Charles Kunkel - 1912
Voice & Piano

Pennant Rag
Percy Wenrich - 1913

Base Ball Polka
Jas M. Goodman - 1861

Baseball Waltz
Miss Hattie A. Brooks 1885

Baseball Polka
J. R. Blodgett - 1893

Base Ball Rag
Mata Wulf - 1910

The Baseball Rag
Noel Coward & Doris Doris
Voice & Piano

Baseball Music Collection #2

The Baseball Polka (Some baseball historians say this is the first sheet music published related to baseball)
J.R. Blodgett - 1853


Baseball March & Two-Step
Johann C. Schmidt - 1905

Baseball Brains
R.D. Heinbockel & W.D. Paulson - 1911
Voice & Piano

Home Run Polka
Mrs. Bodell - 1867

I Want To Go To The Ballgame
Al. W. Brown & C.P. McDonald - 1909
Voice & Piano

Arthur Longbrake - 1908
Voice & Piano

The Base Ball Fever
H. Angelo - 1867
Voice & Piano

The Bat
A Baumbach (year unknown)
Piano (for children or beginning piano)

The Umpire Is A Most Unhappy Man
Hugh&Adams & Jos. E. Howard - 1905
Voice & Piano

Three Cheers - Baseball
Is A Grand Old Game

Clarence Gaskill & Billy Parker - 1912
Voice & Piano

Three Strikes Two-Step

A.W. Bauer (former member of John Phillip Sousa's band) - 1902

The Baseball Sheet Music Collections

These collections of baseball sheet music in PDF f0rmat are available for download, in the form of "zip" files for $7.50.
You can purchase both of these collections using the following link. After your credit-card or Paypal payment is processed, you will be immediately directed to the download link

Purchase the baseball sheet music-$7.50

Contact us by e-mail if you have any questions..........


Old Time Baseball
Screen Saver

This is a Windows screen saver, filled with dozens of original old- time baseball images, a few of which are featured on this page. The images are displayed randomly each time the screen saver opens. The images include engravings from publications, comic images, sheet music covers and more. After downloading the screensaver, you can copy it to the directory where your screensavers are saved and choose it as your default screensaver. Or on some Windows system you can "right click" on the downloaded file and choose "install", or "test" if you want to view the screen saver before installing. If you have any questions about this send us an - e-mail

The price is $2.00. After your Paypal or credit-card payment is processed, you will be immediately directed to the download link

Old Time Baseball
Screen Saver - $2.00


Jack Kerouac's Baseball Fantasy Game

An American baseball haiku, by the famous Beat poet Jack Kerouac (recorded with jazz and other haiku on Blues and Haikus in 1959):

Empty baseball field
   __ A robin,
Hops along the bench

One thing not too well known about the legendary American Beat writer and poet Jack Kerouac is that almost all his life he played a baseball card game of his own invention. Go to this page and read all about that amazing homemade baseball card game.


A Few Classic Free Baseball MP3s & PDFs

Take Me Out The Ballgame
Sung acapella by American legend Bob Dylan

Take Me Out To The Ballgame - Bill Murray - recorded in 1915
Take Me Out To The Ballgame - Ed Meeker - recorded in 1908
Take Me Out To The Ballgame - A lively version by King Curtis & his band

A reading of the legendary baseball poem "Casey At The Bat" by the author, and a PDF file of one of the early publications of the poem, with illustrations.
Bob Dylan singing Take Me Out To The Ballgame acapella
Right Off The Bat - PDF collection of baseball poems published in 1910
Baseball ABC PDF - An 1885 children's book using baseball to teach the alphabet, with illustrations.

It's A Beautiful Day For A Ballgame - Singers unknown, if anyone out there knows who this group is singing this, please let me know.
Miss Ray Cox-The Baseball Girl 1913
Abbot & Costello- Who's On First?

Bugs Bunny baseball game
Nora Bayes - Has Anybody Here Seen Kelly?
Joltin' Joe Dimaggio - Betty Jane Bonney - Les Brown
Baseball - Reading from the writing of
Walt Whtiman on baseball (reader unknown)
Uncle Josh - They're playing baseball - Cal Stewart
Early 20th Century comedy monologue

A few instrumental
MP3 arrangements.....

The Baseball Glide - 1911
Gee, It's A Wonderful Game - 1911
Take Me Out To The Ballgame - 1908
The National Game by John Phillip Sousa
That Baseball Rag - 1913

The Baseball Song - 1874
The Atalantic Polka - 1870
Bat & Ball March 1 - 1880
Bat & Ball March 2 - 1880


The National Game
by John Phillip Sousa - 1925

With its popular reputation and good wages, the Sousa Band was able to recruit some of the best musicians around.

For 39 years, this large group toured the country by train. A Sousa Band tour would last for many months, often with several performances each day and only a few days off for travel between cities. The band traveled to every corner of the United States and did several European tours and one world tour. Together they traveled more than 1 million miles, and they still managed to find the time for other fun.

The Sousa band had its own baseball team, and Sousa was often the pitcher. They played against local baseball teams and those of rival bands. Sousa composed the piece featured here,
The National Game (MP3).


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