The Annotated Casey at the Bat: A Collection of Ballads about the Mighty Casey

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Entertaining tribute to the immortal slugger tells the story behind one of America’s best-loved poems. Includes introductory material on author Ernest L. Thayer, complete original version of poem and a profusion of amusing sequels and parodies, among them Casey’s Revenge, by Grantland Rice, Why Casey Whiffed, by Don Fairbairn; and Casey’s Sister at the Bat, by James O’Dea.
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Entertaining tribute to the immortal slugger tells the story behind one of America’s best-loved poems. Includes introductory material on author Ernest L. Thayer, complete original version of poem and a profusion of amusing sequels and parodies, among them Casey’s Revenge, by Grantland Rice, Why Casey Whiffed, by Don Fairbairn; and Casey’s Sister at the Bat, by James O’Dea.
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  • ISBN-13: 9780486285986
  • Publisher: Dover Publications
  • Publication date: 9/22/1995
  • Edition description: REV
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 256
  • Product dimensions: 5.38 (w) x 8.47 (h) x 0.47 (d)

Meet the Author


Martin Gardner was a renowned author who published over 70 books on subjects from science and math to poetry and religion. He also had a lifelong passion for magic tricks and puzzles. Well known for his mathematical games column in Scientific American and his "Trick of the Month" in Physics Teacher magazine, Gardner attracted a loyal following with his intelligence, wit, and imagination.

Martin Gardner: A Remembrance
The worldwide mathematical community was saddened by the death of Martin Gardner on May 22, 2010. Martin was 95 years old when he died, and had written 70 or 80 books during his long lifetime as an author. Martin's first Dover books were published in 1956 and 1957: Mathematics, Magic and Mystery, one of the first popular books on the intellectual excitement of mathematics to reach a wide audience, and Fads and Fallacies in the Name of Science, certainly one of the first popular books to cast a devastatingly skeptical eye on the claims of pseudoscience and the many guises in which the modern world has given rise to it. Both of these pioneering books are still in print with Dover today along with more than a dozen other titles of Martin's books. They run the gamut from his elementary Codes, Ciphers and Secret Writing, which has been enjoyed by generations of younger readers since the 1980s, to the more demanding The New Ambidextrous Universe: Symmetry and Asymmetry from Mirror Reflections to Superstrings, which Dover published in its final revised form in 2005.

To those of us who have been associated with Dover for a long time, however, Martin was more than an author, albeit a remarkably popular and successful one. As a member of the small group of long-time advisors and consultants, which included NYU's Morris Kline in mathematics, Harvard's I. Bernard Cohen in the history of science, and MIT's J. P. Den Hartog in engineering, Martin's advice and editorial suggestions in the formative 1950s helped to define the Dover publishing program and give it the point of view which — despite many changes, new directions, and the consequences of evolution — continues to be operative today.

In the Author's Own Words:
"Politicians, real-estate agents, used-car salesmen, and advertising copy-writers are expected to stretch facts in self-serving directions, but scientists who falsify their results are regarded by their peers as committing an inexcusable crime. Yet the sad fact is that the history of science swarms with cases of outright fakery and instances of scientists who unconsciously distorted their work by seeing it through lenses of passionately held beliefs."

"A surprising proportion of mathematicians are accomplished musicians. Is it because music and mathematics share patterns that are beautiful?" — Martin Gardner

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  • Posted May 28, 2010

    The book I read to my son the day he was born

    I bought this book before my first son was born and I read it to him in the hospital the day he was born. I periodically read Casey to my Cub Scout group too, just to make sure there aren't any boys in our neck of the woods who have never heard it. This book provides way more information about the poem than most people would ever want to know, but it's still a pretty cool edition to your bookshelf and would be a great gift for a young person in your family.

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