Multimedia: 125 Years of ‘Casey At The Bat’ (NPR)

It was on this day in 1888 that the poem, “Casey at the Bat,” by Ernest Lawrence Thayer, was first published in the San Francisco Examiner. NPR pays tribute to the 125-year-old poem with a reading you can hear here. In late April, during the Red Sox’s annual Maine Day at Fenway Park, Maine baseball legend Mort Soule ’68, recited an edited version of the poem during the pre-game ceremony. Video courtesy of the Boston Red Sox.

Mort Soule ’68 Performs “Casey at the Bat” in Fenway Park Ceremony from Bowdoin College on Vimeo.


  1. alan n. hall says:

    Nothing warms the heart of an old English teacher more than to see and hear and know that poetry from the sublime to the ridiculous is alive and well and everywhere! Perhaps it’s summer and graduations and weddings.
    “Casey,” a bete noir of “serious poetry” fans continues its sturdy way towards 150—something more than ridiculous but perhaps not quite serious. But once a strong choice for junior school or middle school boys facing a memorization requirement or a declamation contest. Casey stands loyally with Horatio for such moment.
    I recently attended the dedication of a Vietnam War memorial at a school I taught at; I knew the three young men on the plaque. On the plaque were some lines from “For the Fallen,” a Great War/World War I poem by British poet Laurence Binyon; on the program for the service was a Vietnam War poem by William “Lad” Carrington, “Name on a Wall.” Both are worth locating if unfamiliar to you.
    And, somewhere between serious and ridiculous but topical at the moment, “First Year Teacher to His Students,” by Gary J. Whitehead (2008), that begins “Go now into summer. . .”

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