Jul 14, 2011

In Memory of Ruth Roberts (Co Writer of Meet the Mets)

Ruth Roberts is an important figure in Mets history, even if she never played the game. Back in 1961 she co wrote the song "Meet the Mets" with Bill Katz & entered it in a contest the new expansion Metropolitan Baseball Club had sponsored. The team was looking for a traditional go get 'em fight song with a good feel to it. "Meet the Mets" beat out nearly twenty other songs in the end & has become the most popular team song of all time.

The song debuted to the public on March 9, 1962 as Spring Training had just begun. The 45 record of the song could be ordered by mail or purchased at the Polo Grounds souvenir shops. Who could forget the classic song being heard as the introduction to the old WOR television broadcasts sponsored by Rheingold or Schafer beer. As the song ended we heard either Bob Murphy, Lindsay Nelson or Ralph Kiner start the broadcast.

Ruth Roberts was born Ruth Mulnitz on August 31st, 1926 in Portchester, New York. She attended Portchester high school, then moved on to North Western University & the Juliard School of music. She & Mr. Katz wrote other sports tunes like college footballs "Mr. Touchdown USA" "I Love Mickey" sung by Theresa Brewer an ode to Mickey Mantle & "It's A Beatifal Day For A Ball Game" which was played at Dodger Stadium for years.

Ruth & Katz also wrote " Mailman Bring Me No Blues" which was sung by Buddy Holly. The song was recorded by the Beatles during the "Get Back Sessions" which became the "Let It Be" album. The Beatles can be seen rehearsing a performance of the song in the Let It Be film.

Roberts passed away on June 30, 2011 at the age of 84 from lung cancer in Rye Brook, New York.

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