Take Me Out to the Ball Game, backgrounded by an early-day baseball yarn, is short on story, but has some amusing moments – and Gene Kelly.
Aided by Technicolor, Esther Williams is an eyeful, and Frank Sinatra cavorts pleasantly as shortstop Kelly’s second baseman. Jules Munshin and Betty Garrett are the comedy relief, and the overall combination of talents is actually worthier of better material.
The yarn [by Kelly and Stanley Donen, who both staged the musical numbers] is about a couple of singing-dancing major league ball-players and the complications in which they become involved when they meet some gamblers and Williams, owner of the club. There is no pretense that Ball Game is anything more than a romp for Kelly’s virtuosity.