Casey at the Bat

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Casey at the Bat  (1912) 
by Ernest Lawrence Thayer
First published in 3 June 1888 edition of San Francisco's The Examiner.


CASEY

AT THE

BAT

By
PHINEAS THAYER

Illustrations by

DAN SAYRE
GROESBECK


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CHICAGO
A. C. McCLURG & CO.
1912

Published June, 1912

The Casion Press
Chicago

CASEY AT THE BAT

The Patrons of the Game

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I

IT looked extremely rocky for the

 Mudville nine that day:

The score stood for two to four with just

 an inning left to play;

So, when Cooney died at second, and

 Burrows did the same,

A pallor wreathed the features of the

 patrons of the game.

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The Hope which Springs Eternal

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II

A STRAGGLING few got up to go,

 leaving there the rest

With that hope which springs

 eternal within the human breast;

For they thought if only Casey could get

 a whack, at that

They'd put up even money now, with

 Casey at the bat.

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But Flynn Preceded Casey

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III

BUT Flynn preceded Casey, and

 likewise so did Blake,

And the former was a puddin',

 and the latter was a fake;

So on that stricken multitude a death-

 like silence sat,

For there seemed but little chance of

 Casey's getting to the bat.

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There was Blakey safe on Second

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IV

BUT Flynn let drive a single to the

 wonderment of all,

And the much-despised Blakey

 tore the cover off the ball;

And when the dust had lifted, and they

 saw what had occurred,

There was Blakey safe on second and Flynn

 a-huggin' third!

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Mighty Casey was Advancing to the Bat

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V

THEN from the gladdened multitude

 went up a joyous yell,

It rumbled in the mountain-tops,

 it rattled in the dell,

It struck upon the hillside, and rebounded

 on the flat;

For Casey, mighty Casey, was advancing to

 the bat.

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He Lightly Doffed his Hat..

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VI

THERE was ease in Casey's manner

 as he stepped into his place,

There was pride in Casey's bearing,

 and a smile on Casey's face;

And when, responding to the cheers, he

 lightly doffed his hat,

No stranger in the crowd could doubt

 't was Casey at the bat.

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A Sneer Curled Casey's Lip

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VII

TEN thousand eyes were on him as

 he rubbed his hands with dirt,

Five thousand tongues applauded

 when he wiped them on his shirt;

Then, when the writhing pitcher ground

 the ball into his hip,

Defiance glanced in Casey's eye, a sneer

 curled Casey's lip.

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"Strike one" the Umpire Said

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VIII

AND now the leather-covered sphere

 came hurtling through the air,

And Casey stood a-watching it in

 haughty grandeur there;

Close by the sturdy batsman the ball un-

 heeded sped:

"That ain't my style," said Casey. "Strike

 one," the umpire said.

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"Kill him! Kill the Umpire"

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IX

FROM the benches, black with people,

 there went up a muffled roar,

Like the beating of the storm-waves

 on a stern and distant shore;

"Kill him! Kill the umpire!" shouted

 someone in the stand.

And it's likely they'd have killed him had

 not Casey raised his hand.

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A Smile of Christian Charity

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X

WITH a smile of Christian charity

 great Casey's visage shone;

He stilled the rising tumult;

 he bade the game go on;

He signalled to the pitcher, and once more

 the spheroid flew,

But Casey still ignored it; and the umpire

 said, "Strike two."

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Casey Wouldn't let that Ball go by again

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XI

FRAUD!" cried the maddened thousands,

 and the echo answered, "Fraud!"

But one scornful look from Casey, and

 the audience was awed;

They saw his face grow stern and cold, they

 saw his muscles strain,

And they knew that Casey wouldn't let that

 ball go by again.

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By the Force of Casey's Blow

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XII

THE sneer is gone from Casey's lip,

 his teeth are clenched with hate;

He pounds with cruel violence his

 bat upon the plate;

And now the pitcher holds the ball, and

 now he lets it go,

And now the air shattered by the force

 of Casey's blow.

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Mighty Casey has Struck Out

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XIII

OH, somewhere in this favoured

 land the sun is shining bright,

The band is playing somewhere,

 and somewhere hearts are light,

And somewhere men are laughing, and

 somewhere children shout;

But there is no joy in Mudville—mighty

 Casey has struck out.

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