As Jerry Silverman explains, there is nothing about this song that sets it apart from many others written around this time, but somehow it has endured. Says Silverman: "The one by George M. Cohan could have been the song, "Take Your Girl To The Ball Game." I mean, melodically it's just as interesting, it tells virtually the same story, and who knows why that didn't make it? It's just one of these intangibles of popular taste that you can't really put your finger on. It's very hard to make an objective statement as to why one song is better. For example, there's a song that was written in 1906 called, "It's Great At A Baseball Game," and it was also written by two great American songwriters. One was Fred Fisher, who wrote "Peg Of My Heart," for example. And Richard Whiting, who wrote "Sleepytime Gal," and "Beyond The Blue Horizon," that was Bing Crosby's theme song, and "On The Good Ship Lollipop
," that was Shirley Temple's theme song. So they wrote a song called "It's Great At A Baseball Game." And guess what? It's also a waltz in three-quarter time. And halfway through the chorus, it says, "get your hot buttered popcorn and peanuts." So they're also plugging the menu that you can have at a baseball game. It's not Cracker Jack, it's buttered popcorn and peanuts. So, everybody had the same idea. And that's the one, "Take Me Out To The Ballgame" was the one that everybody remembers, and "It's Great At A Baseball Game" no one remembers. Although it's just as good a song."