A fair share of the recent Cooperstown Baseball Symposium considered myriad aspects of Casey at the Bat, which celebrates its 125th anniversary this month. The esteemed sportswriter Frank Deford was the keynote speaker for the event. Deford contributed a speculative article, “Huge Commotion in Mudville” to the July 18, 1988 issue of Sports Illustrated. Shortly […]
Since I write a weekly Torah haiku as part of my many functions at the New Jersey Jewish News, I thought I’d give some props to Diane Firstman, who blogs at the thoughtful and often “out there” Value Over Replacement Grit for her season preview haikus posted at ESPN.com. Brewers BrewCrew is Hartless And Gamel […]
Literary birthday greetings: 1953 – Dan Quisenberry, pitcher; All-Star (d. 1998) On Days Like This: Poems, by Quisenberry, Helicon Nine Editions, 1998. Also on this date: 1905 – In Lynn, Massachusetts, Rube Waddell prevents a fire by carrying a burning stove out of a store and throwing it into a snow bank. Three days later […]
On this date: 1893 – The first recorded version of Casey at the Bat, as recited by Russell Hunting, hits the music charts. DeWolf Hopper’s more famous version will not be released until October 1906. 1969 – Attorney Bowie Kuhn is named commissioner, succeeding Spike Eckert. Kuhn receives a one-year contract paying him $100,000. Major […]
Not much on poetry (although I do a weekly Haiku for my newspaper), but every once in awhile I get the urge, especially experimenting with newly-discovered (for me) forms. So here’s my lament, which appears Bardball.net. It’s just a tad bit dated, given recent financial news, but what the heck… Reyes gone. Life goes […]
Since I wasn’t on the What’s on Second Internet radio show this week, I had to get my “me” fix in somehow. My ode to [now former] Mets pitcher Ollie Perez was included in Bardball.com’s 2010′s Greatest Hits!, a collection of baseball poetry. So it’s Frost, Longfellow, Kaplan. End of story. That’s all you need. […]
With apologies to Franklin Pierce Adams: These are the saddest words Mets fans could hear: “Invested with Madoff — we’re broke.” Try to deny, but the answer’s quite clear. “Invested with Madoff — we’re broke.” Major League Baseball lent millions in cash. More dough? “You kidding? That’s it from our stash.” The new baseball season […]
Save the Date — Poet Ernest L. Thayer, whose signature piece, Casey at the Bat, has been recited for more than 100 years, will be recognized with a plaque affixed to the stoop of his former home in Lawrence, MA in a ceremony on March 19. From the story: Mark Schorr, executive director of the […]
This one is a bit more literary than most, since Dan Quisenberry was a published poet. On Days Like This: Poems was published in 1998, the year he passed away. This sample of his work is even sadder because of his untimely death. BASEBALL CARDS that first baseball card I saw myself in a triage […]
Add “poet” to the resume.
Very small pictures. Records major and minor. DL data, too. (Most lines are either “filed for free agency” or “on disabled list…”) Jeter gets a page (post-season states included); Ben Zobrist comes last. Pitchers and batters — position segregation — split the book in two. Nowhere else can one find such great information, so thank […]
The host of A Prairie Home Companion is recovering from a minor stroke suffered this past weekend. (Of course “minor” is when it happens to someone else.) Keillor wrote one of the more amusing “Casey at the Bat” parodies.
Thanks to Gabriel Schechter, author of This Bad Day in Yankees History, who delivered the following poem at the recent Cooperstown Symposium. Baseball’s Glad Lexicon These are the gladdest of possible words: Dickson has done it again. Trio of volumes each jam-packed with gems From “A-ball” to “lulu” to “zurdo.” Re-shaping his lexicon into the […]
WickedLocal.com, a New England outfit, ran this piece on Ernest Lawrence Thayer, creator of the classic “Casey at the Bat,” which has spaened dozens of editions and collections of parodies. This one isn’t read very well, but the video is kind of cool.
the day I turn to poetry. At least as it pertains to baseball. Although I write the weekly “Torah Haiku” for the NJ Jewish News, I generally don’t like the genre. Actually it’s not so much that I don’t like it as I don’t get it. Like wine. I probably wouldn’t be able to tell […]
One of the more unusual sites I’ve come across is Bardball.com, which, according to co-creator James Finn Garner, is “dedicated to bringing back baseball doggerel, the quick and easy poetry that used to show up in beat writers’ baseball columns a century ago.” In a letter, Garner — author of Politically Correct Bedtime Stories – […]