Casey at the Bat: A Ballad of the Republic Sung in the Year 1888 by Ernest Lawrence ThayerAnd somewhere men are laughing, and somewhere children shout; But there is no joy in Mudville-mighty Casey has struck out. Those lines have echoed through the decades, the final stanza of a poem published pseudonymously in the June 3, 1888, issue of the San Francisco Examiner. Its author would rather have seen it forgotten. Instead, Ernest Thayers poem has taken a well-deserved place as an enduring icon of Americana. Christopher Bings magnificent version of this immortal ballad of the flailing 19th-century baseball star is rendered as though it had been newly discovered in a hundred-year-old scrapbook. Bing seamlessly weaves real and trompe loeil reproductions of artifacts-period baseball cards, tickets, advertisements, and a host of other memorabilia into the narrative to present a rich and multifaceted panorama of a bygone era. A book to be pored over by children, treasured by aficionados of the sport-and given as a gift to all ages: a tragi-comic celebration of heroism and of a golden era of sport.
CASEY at the BAT read by Rick Busciglio
Hot dogs, peanuts, Cracker Jack and poetry don't usually go together, but in "Casey at the Bat," Ernest Thayer has created a poem as prolific and American as baseball itself. As former baseball player and executive Albert Spalding said, "Love has its sonnets galore. War has its epics in heroic verse.
Ernest Lawrence Thayer
Poetry Analysis of "Casey at the Bat"
Batter up! Just kidding Shmoopers. Ernest Thayer's "Casey at the Bat" is a baseball poem. No actual athletic ability or advanced sports knowledge is necessary for complete understanding and perhaps enjoyment of this poem. Okay, you should probably at least know what these things are: pitcher, batter, strikes, outs, bases, and runs. If you read batter and thought about cakes or pancakes, please just… um, Google the word "baseball. Mudville is behind by a score of and there are just two outs left in the game.
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Dramatic recital of the poem "Casey at the Bat" by Mike Bianchi
The poem was originally published anonymously under the pen name "Phin", based on Thayer's college nickname, "Phinney". A baseball team from the fictional town of "Mudville" implied to be the home team is losing by two runs in its last inning. Both the team and its fans, a crowd of 5,, believe they can win if Casey, Mudville's star player, gets to bat. However, Casey is scheduled to be the fifth batsman of the inning, and the first two batsmen Cooney and Barrows fail to get on base. The next two batsmen Flynn and Jimmy Blake are perceived to be weak hitters with little chance of reaching base to allow Casey a chance to bat.
Other clues that Casey is Kelly are that Thayer covered Kelly during his exhibition tour of San Francisco, and that the name Casey implies an Irish ancestry, which could be construed as reference to Kelly being Irish. However two other Massachusetts cities, Holliston which has a neighborhood called Mudville and Worcester where Thayer grew up , have both long claimed to be the real Mudville. The complete poem is below. After Cooney and Barrows both ground out, the Mudville nine are one out away from losing four to two, and they have no runners on base. A straggling few got up to go in deep despair.