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Book Title: Casey at the Bat: A Ballad of the Republic, Sung in the Year 1888|
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The author of the book: Ernest Lawrence Thayer
Edition: Winslow House
Date of issue: January 1st 2002
ISBN 13: 9781890817671
Format files: PDF
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Casey at the Bat by Ernest Lawrence Thayer first written in 1888 is the best known baseball poem ever penned. In this classic piece, the Mudville nine trail entering the bottom of the ninth inning, and mighty Casey heads to the plate with a chance to tie the game. According to lore, Casey strikes out on three pitches, leaving both his team and fans dejected. Yet, the beauty of baseball is that the Mudville nine will have another chance to win the next day.
I am hardly a fan of mythology, yet, to me, there is nothing more mythical than baseball lore passed down through the years. I read a version of the poem illustrated by Gerald Fitzgerald that details the determination on Casey's face as he tries his hard to win the game on one swing. The pictures depict small town baseball in time gone by and are a lovely edition to this poem.
Even though I had already read a type of mythology for my classics bingo this year, Casey at the Bat is more my taste. Safe to say, if there is a mythology square for bingo next year, I will probably decide to read a version of Babe Ruth's called shot.
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