Last NameSportCountryYear Inducted

Sport: Baseball
Inducted: 2017
Country: United States
Born: March 29, 1878, in Indianapolis, Indiana
Died: October 1, 1956

Albert Von Tilzer

In 1908, American Tin Pan Alley songwriter Albert Von Tilzer wrote the American baseball anthem, "Take Me Out To The Ballgame" (lyricist Jack Norworth).

Few if any songs can claim 100-plus years of relevance.  "Take Me Out To The Ballgame" has been the preamble played at every Major League ballgame (and wherever baseball is played) for more than a century.

In 2008, the U.S. Postal Service issued a commemorative stamp honoring the song and its writers.  Von Tilzer, a member of the Songwriters Hall of Fame, also wrote such universal hits as:  "Put Your Arms Around Me Honey", "Life Is Just A Bowl of Cherries", "You’re The Cream In My Coffee", "Sunny Side Up" and "I'll Be With You In Apple Blossom Time".

Von Tilzer was a pseudonym for the family surname name, Gummbinsky.  Professionally, Albert took his mother's maiden name, and added Von for a turn-of-the-20th century 'upper-crust' cache.

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