Ernest Thayer's ''Casey at the Bat'': Background and Characters of Baseball's Most Famous Poem

Ernest Thayer's ''Casey at the Bat'': Background and Characters of Baseball's Most Famous Poem

by Jim Moore
     
 

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Ernest Thayer's "Casey at the Bat" was first published in the San Francisco Daily Examiner on June 3, 1888. Its popularity owed much to the universality of its subject; every city seemed to have a "Casey" on its team. Thayer, a Harvard graduate, said little about the real Casey, though he did leave a few clues. "The verses owe their existence," he wrote in 1930,

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Ernest Thayer's "Casey at the Bat" was first published in the San Francisco Daily Examiner on June 3, 1888. Its popularity owed much to the universality of its subject; every city seemed to have a "Casey" on its team. Thayer, a Harvard graduate, said little about the real Casey, though he did leave a few clues. "The verses owe their existence," he wrote in 1930, "to my enthusiasm for college baseball...and to my association with Will Hearst." Thayer's background is examined here as the basis for determining the origins of the colorfast cast of characters behind his "Ballad of the Republic"—men who may have been "Casey," "Flynn," "Cooney" and other members of the Mudville Nine.

Editorial Reviews

Choice
strongly recommended...entertaining...readable
Dugout
exhaustive...leaves no stone unturned
USA Today Baseball Weekly
a comprehensive study of Thayer's work

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780786467112
Publisher:
McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers
Publication date:
11/30/2011
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
376
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 1.00(d)

Meet the Author

Jim Moore lives in Albany, New York. Natalie Vermilyea is retired and living in southern California.

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