American Old Time Song Lyrics: 37 The Day I Played Base Ball

Theater, Music-Hall, Nostalgic, Irish & Historic Old Songs, Volume 37

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My name it is O'Halloher,
I'm a man that's influential,
I mind my business, stop at home,
My wants are few and small.
Some blackguards t'other day did come-
They were full of whiskey, gin and rum,
An' they took me out in the broiling' sun
To play a game of ball.

They made me carry all the bats-
They nearly drove me crazy.
An' they sent me out in the "centre field,"
But I paralyzed them all.
I put up my hands to catch a "fly,"
Holy murther, it. struck me in the eye,
And they hung me on a line to dry,
The day I played base-ball.

I took the bat an' hit the ball,
I thought to San Francisco,
An' thin around the bases
Three times I ran them all;
But thin the gang begun to howl,
An' they said, ould man you made a foul,
An' they rubbed me down with a Turkish towel,
The day I played base-hall.

Two reporters begged to know my name,
An' presinted me wid a medal,
An' they asked me for my photograph,
To hang upon the wall,
They said that I had won the game,
Tho' my head was broke and my shoulder lame,
An' they sent me home in a cattle train,
The day I played base ball.
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