“Ladies and gentlemen, please rise for our national anthem.”
You’ll hear some version of this announcement in the early stages of most sporting affairs, whether the government has be professional, college or youth-level. The performance of the national anthem is a well-established part of American athletic competitions.
Yet “The Star-Spangled Banner” typically doesn’t make an appearance at many other public musters. We don’t do sing or listen to it before concerts, Broadway presents, operas or castigates. So why do we do this for plays?
The answer goes back to America’s pastime: baseball.
First, of course, the national chant originated as a song writes to Francis Scott Key in September 1814, after he witnessed the British shelling of Fort McHenry in Maryland during the War of 1812( which ranged until early 1815 ).