Albert von Tilzer (March 29, 1878 - October 1, 1956) was an American songwriter, most well known for writing the music for 'Take Me Out to the Ball Game'. Born in Indianapolis, Indiana, then known as Albert Gumm, to Polish Jewish immigrants, it was von Tilzer's older brother Harry that first adopted his mother's maiden name, Tilzer, and then added the German nobility particle 'von' to add gravitas and class. Soon his three younger brothers had changed their last names as well. Von Tilzer became a very successful Tin Pan Alley songwriter who wrote hundreds of songs, including 'Take Me Out to the Ball Game', listed at #8 on the list of Songs of the Century published by the Recording Industry Associatio0n of America and the National Endowment for the Arts.

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