Casey at the Bat

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Published June, 1912

The Casion Press


The Patrons of the Game

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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