Rare sheet music celebrates the beneficiaries of the 1919 Black Sox scandal. The World Champion reds are pictured on the cover of this historic piece published by Olympic Music of Cincinnati, OH, with words and music by William M. Schmidtt. The interesting song lyrics read:
Once upon a time,
In eighteen sixty-nine,
We had a baseball team that was our pride
They won each game they played,
'Twas history they made
And now once again 'Our Boys' have hit their stride
And since our Pat Moran
is giving the Giants the can
We'll open up our heads and
we'll root and we'll root for the Reds Hip! Hip!
So give a cheer for the Reds, The Cincinnati Reds
They're a wonderful team that's true
We waited fifty years, to give them all these cheers
And now at last they're bringing home the goods
So we're gathering strong, to cheer the boys along
Raise your voices and join us in this song
And though we have to sigh, because the town is dry
We still can root for the Reds, the Cincinnati Reds
Now that we're on top
We're never going to stop
We'll get the pennant too before we're through
And though New York Well yell,
We'll always give them WELL!
And as for the rest they're feeling might blue
So toss aloft your hat
And then give a cheer for Pat
Open up your heads and we'll root for the Reds Hip! Hip!
Okay, so Gershwin, this is not. Still, a seldom-seen document of the 1919 Reds from that widely-collected season. FAIR condition with moderate creasing and small areas of tearing, though the presentation is strong.