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Take Me Out To The Ball Game Exhibit

Presented and curated by the GRAMMY Museum®, this special exhibit is now available online as an archival digital exhibit. The GRAMMY organization invites you to experience the exhibit from home until the Woody Guthrie Center reopens.

Baseball without music would be like the seventh inning without a stretch, or in the case of the Tulsa Drillers, without a singalong to “Oklahoma!” That connection between baseball and music is explored in Take Me Out To The Ball Game: Popular Music and the National Pastime, curated by the GRAMMY Museum®. Opening Jan. 18 to WGC members, the exhibit will show guests the history of two great American traditions.

Take Me Out To The Ball Game: Popular Music And The National Pastime will offer insight and historical reference for the history of music in baseball. The exhibit takes you on a journey starting before the 20th century when interest in baseball-themed music was fostered through the sales of sheet music, then explains the rise of baseball songs becoming a part of a new era of American music in the early 1900s, to current day popular music being a central part of players preparing to take the field and excite fans. All forms of music, from pop and jazz to country, R&B, and rock and roll embraced America’s baseball passion and are reflected throughout the exhibit.

“We are always proud to partner with our friends from the GRAMMY Museum® and share their curated exhibits with Tulsa,” said Deana McCloud, executive director of the Woody Guthrie Center. “This particular exhibit also allows us to partner with our neighbors at the Tulsa Drillers, who are partial sponsors of the exhibit in Tulsa as we explore the connections between music and America’s pastime. The Tulsa team additions are special to us, as are the lyrics about baseball contributed to the exhibit from the Woody Guthrie and Bob Dylan Archives.

In addition to the items from the GRAMMY Museum® and from the Guthrie and Dylan archives, the exhibit will feature video interviews with players from the Tulsa Drillers, photos, and artifacts from the team and from the family of legendary musician Roy Clark, who was part of the ownership group in the 1970s that kept professional baseball in Tulsa.

Other highlights from the exhibit include:

  • Sheet music from the game’s early years, including “Take Me Out To The Ball Game”
  • Handwritten lyrics to baseball classics, such as James Taylor’s “Angels Of Fenway”
  • Special edition Fender guitars, including the brand new Jackie Robinson Telecaster
  • MLB sportscaster Harry Caray’s microphone
  • Limited edition posters, vinyl records, and photographs

Join the Woody Guthrie Center family as a member today for an exclusive invitation to the opening reception featuring a conversation about the intersection of sports, culture, and art with exhibit curator Bob Santelli of the Grammy Museum and renowned visual artist Bunky Echo-Hawk, whose work is featured on Warstic bats.