"CASEY AT THE BAT"

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"CASEY AT THE BAT"

Contributor

JOY HENNIG, WORCESTER PUBLIC LIBRARY

Description

Interview with Joy Hennig:
The legendary poem, “Casey at the Bat,” with its reminder that our highest hopes are so often dashed, appeals to everyone. Native son Ernest Thayer wrote “Casey” in Worcester in 1888; it took him two hours. It appeared in the “San Francisco Examiner”, where he had written a humor column for several years, and was then picked up by New York actor DeWolf Hopper, who performed it thousands of times. Thayer always considered the poem mere doggerel and regretted that it would be his signature creation. In 1896, he wrote out this manuscript copy and presented it to Samuel Swett Green, head librarian of the Worcester Public Library. Green, a pioneer in public librarianship, was a major figure in his own right.

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Reference

"CASEY AT THE BAT"

Cite As

“"CASEY AT THE BAT",” Worcester in 50, accessed November 17, 2018, http://worcesterin50.com/items/show/48.

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