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Casey at the bat

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 […]

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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 […]

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A few weeks back I posted an entry about Diane Firstman’s imaginative baseball rendition of The 12 Days of Christmas on her Value Over Replacement Grit blog. Well, she’s at it again, this time deconstructing the classic poem “Casey at the Bat” to see how many times the scenario — home team down 4-2 with […]

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Thayer at the stoop

February 25, 2011 · 1 comment

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 […]

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The Casey cliche

July 2, 2010 · 0 comments

Why do so many stories about baseball — especially old-tyme baseball — feature a character named Casey? In this case, it’s a 50-year-old episode of Twilight Zone titled, “The Mighty Casey.” My arch-nemesis, Books on Baseball, did the legwork on this one.

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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.

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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.

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A new twist on an old classic.

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