It’s not just the players on the field that make sports such a big part of our lives. On the sidelines and in the parking lots, down in the box seats and up in the bleachers, the sights and sounds of fans enjoying the game are all part of a grand sports tradition in America.
We wear our team’s colors, eager to proclaim our allegiance and support. We cheer and yell, with the hope that our passion will prompt our team to victory. Whether teams win or lose, the fan experience and the rituals that go with it are an important part of sports in our hometowns. With all this in mind, how did Cracker Jack popcorn become linked to baseball?
Recognize 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.
Jack Norworth and Albert Von Tilzer may just have been looking for a rhyme with “back” when he wrote “Take Me Out to the Ball Game” in 1908, but the song made the candy-coated popcorn treat a baseball favorite.