Sunday, September 21, 2008

Laguna Beach Historical Society Program Monday Sept 29th

Laguna Beach Historical Society Program Monday Sept 29th
“Jack Norworth &Song ‘Take Me Out to the Ball Game’”

The next Laguna Beach Historical Society program will be Monday, September 29th “Jack Norworth & Song ‘Take Me Out to the Ball Game’” by Andy Strasberg, one of the co-authors of the new book "Baseball's Greatest Hit: the Story of 'Take Me Out to the Ballgame'. The book reveals Jack Norworth's contributions to the era and baseball canon, including mentioning his equally little known role in establishing a baseball legacy in Laguna Beach. The program will be held at the Laguna Beach City Hall which is at 505 Forest Avenue. The public is invited and there is no charge.

Jack Norworth lived in Laguna Beach from 1940 until his death in 1959; he was a founder of Laguna Beach Little League in 1952.. He wrote the lyrics of song “Take Me Out to the Ball Game” in 1908 which is now sung at most ballgames during the seventh inning stretch which includes:
"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”

Jack Norworth also wrote “Shine on Harvest Moon” along with many other songs. He and his fourth wife Dorothy moved to Los Angeles in the 1930s and then to Laguna Beach in 1940. Jack opened his store “It’s a Small World” in 1946, a novelty shop selling collectible miniatures at 1820-26 South Coast Highway where the Ristorante Rumari currently operates. Dorothy died in 1950 after 25 years of marriage, and he married fifth wife Amy in 1951.

The Murphy-Smith Bungalow located at 278 Ocean Avenue and which is opened to the public at no-charge every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m., now has a binder of Susi Q articles. The Laguna Beach Historical Society thanks former Coastline News editor Stu Saffer, and the sons of Elizabeth H. Quilter (Charlie, Chris, Patrick, and Matthew) for permission to reproduce and disseminate these historical articles. The Susi Q articles will shortly be online at where photos and additional information can be viewed.

Step back into 1920s Laguna by visiting the Laguna Beach Historical Society Murphy-Smith Bungalow. Volunteers are needed to greet visitors to the Murphy-Smith Bungalow and should call 939-7257.

Those interested in supporting and joining the Laguna Beach Historical Society should send $15 per individual, $25 per household or $50 per business/organization to 278 Ocean Avenue, Laguna Beach CA 92651. The Laguna Beach Historical Society is a section 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. Tax ID #33-0519882.

While supplies last, those donating $100 to the Laguna Beach Historical Society will receive a copy of Joan Irvine Smith’s new book “A California Woman’s Story”.


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