Casey at the Bat

"Casey at the Bat" as it first appeared, June 3, 1888

"Casey at the Bat: A Ballad of the Republic, Sung in the Year 1888" is a poem written in 1888 by Ernest Thayer. It was first published anonymously in The San Francisco Examiner (then called The Daily Examiner) on June 3, 1888, under the pen name "Phin", based on Thayer's college nickname, "Phinney".[1] Featuring a dramatic narrative about a baseball game, the poem was later popularized by DeWolf Hopper in many vaudeville performances.[2][3] It has become one of the best-known poems in American literature.

  1. ^ Cite error: The named reference Gardner was invoked but never defined (see the help page).
  2. ^ "Casey at the Bat". Baseball Almanac.
  3. ^ Armenti, Peter (June 4, 2013). "The First Publication of "Casey at the Bat"". From the Catbird Seat. Library of Congress.