"It was played for the first game of the 1918 World Series at Comiskey Park in Chicago, September 5th," said Mike Gibbons, executive director of the Babe Ruth Birthplace and Sports Legends Museums, noting that the song's ballpark premiere came 13 years before it became the national anthem. "President Woodrow Wilson was aware that there would be wounded World War I vets in the stands and ordered a military band to pick a time to play the song to honor them. The band picked the seventh inning stretch because they knew the fans would be standing. The moment was hugely successful. And Babe Ruth was warming on the mound. They repeated it again for game two, again to a terrific response. When the series shifted to Boston, the Red Sox told them to move it to before the game, and there it has remained ever since."