Ruth Roberts, who in the course of a long songwriting career wrote several popular baseball songs, including “Meet the Mets” as part of a contest for a New York Mets anthem in 1961, passed away last Thursday. She was 84.
Roberts was a songwriter for a living; she wrote other songs that was recorded by Jimmy Dean, Buddy Holly and the Beatles, as well as Theresa Brewer‘s novelty hit, “I Love Mickey,” a paen to Mickey Mantle, who participated in the song’s recording. She also wrote “It’s a Beautiful Day for a Ballgame,” a song you frequently heard in the 1960s in baseball broadcasts but rarely since.
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