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Thread: Where did the "It's a beautiful day for a ball game" song come from?

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    Where did the "It's a beautiful day for a ball game" song come from?

    I first heard this song during the '65 WS highlight film. It goes like this:

    It's a beautiful day for a ball game,
    A ball game today,
    The fans are out to get a ticket or two,
    From Walla Walla Washington to Kalamazoo,
    It's a beautiful day for a home run,
    But even a triple's OK,
    We're gonna cheer...and boo...and raise a hullaballoo,
    at the ball game today.


    Where did this song come from? Was it written for that film, or did they get it from some other source? If so, what?
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    The recording is by the Harry Simeone Songsters. I know the Chicago Cubs also used it to kick off their radio broadcasts in the '60's. Simeone was best known for his work with the Harry Simeone Chorale, mostly Christmas carols and such. The song is available on the Baseball's Greatest Hits Let's Play II CD. Amazon has it, but it's not cheap.

    http://www.amazon.com/Baseballs-Grea...4323502&sr=1-2
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    It also opened Dodger radio broadcasts for well over 20 years.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Michael Green View Post
    It also opened Dodger radio broadcasts for well over 20 years.
    I used to love that. As soon as I heard, "Let's go! Batter up! We're taking the afternoon off!!!", It always put me in a happy place.
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