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The hottest ringtone at MLB.com is not by a current Top-40 artist, but instead was written nearly four decades ago and oozes the same kind of feel-good tradition as the old-English "D" on the Tigers' home uniforms.

It's called "Go Get 'Em Tigers" and it's a must-download from MLB.com Mobile for every Tigers fan with a mobile phone and a heartbeat.

Artie Fields, now 85, was creating advertising music in Detroit for many clients back in 1967 when an ad exec approached him about writing a catchy tune for a local bank promotion. The city was giddy then over a team that wound up falling one game shy of a World Series appearance and wound up winning it all the next year.

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"Go Get 'Em Tigers" has survived the test of time, now in a brand-new medium. Fields himself authorized the popular ditty to be made available as a ringtone in this way, staying at the vanguard of Tigers rally music.

"I used the line 'Go Get 'Em Tigers' -- that's all they gave me," Fields explained in a recent interview with a Rochester, Mich., audio-production company called LifeTalk that records personal histories. "In two hours, I wrote the lyrics and the song and produced a spot for them. The bank gave away thousands of records.

"I had no idea that it would catch on like it did. Every radio station in town was playing it when they neared the pennant."

The song became a hot radio play when the Tigers last appeared in the postseason in 1987, and now here it comes again. As ringtones go, it's not exactly 50 Cent or Jibbs. But that's what so many Tigers fans love about it. It has that old-time feel, and Fields -- who wrote some 9,000 pieces of music (many of which were syndicated nationally) during his career at Artie Fields Productions -- always has an answer for those who ask why he hasn't arranged a contemporary version.

"My reason for that is, I respect tradition," Fields said. "If you take 'Take Me Out To The Ballgame,' I've never heard a contemporary arrangement of that. I think the same is true with this. We tried to make it in the style of 'Take Me Out To The Ballgame.' And I think it will last a long, long time that way."

The ringtone is a way for Tigers fans to keep the mood no matter where they are throughout this World Series that starts Saturday night at Comerica Park, and some of them probably will even be playing it on their phones right there. Here are the full lyrics, partially contained in the MLB.com Mobile ringtone, so Tiger fans can sing along:

We're all behind our baseball team
Go Get 'Em Tigers
World Series bound and pickin' up steam
Go Get 'Em Tigers

There'll be joy in Tigertown
We'll sing you songs
When the Bengals bring the pennant
Home where it belongs
We're all behind our baseball team
Go Get 'Em
Detroit Tigers
Go Get 'Em Tigers

We're all behind our baseball team
Go Get 'Em
Detroit Tigers
Go Get 'Em Tigers

MLB.com Mobile has ringtones for every Major League team, including those last-out calls from the White Sox and Red Sox clinches of the last two World Series. It is one of many features from MLB.com Mobile such as Playoff Alerts, trivia questions, Mobile Dashboard and more that bring an added element to following this Fall Classic.

Mark Newman is enterprise editor for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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