Casey at the Bat

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Courier Corporation, Jan 1, 2012 - Juvenile Nonfiction - 56 pages
A blend of the absurd and the tragic lies at the heart of this immortal baseball ballad, an authentic masterpiece of American humor. This grand edition steps up to the plate with more than fifty bold pen-and-ink drawings that perfectly capture the poem's ironic tone and comic spirit.
From its 1888 debut in the San Francisco Examiner, "Casey at the Bat" quickly caught on with a public that was embracing baseball as the national pastime. By the turn of the twentieth century, everyone was familiar with the Mudville Nine and its vainglorious slugger. An Introduction by Martin Gardner traces the remarkable history of a poem that has inspired songs, movies, and cartoons. This new edition of a folkloric favorite will delight baseball fans, nostalgia buffs, and lovers of Americana. A selection of the Common Core State Standards Initiative.
 

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User Review  - lissabeth21 - LibraryThing

Not only did I love reading this to my son, and not only did he love hearing it, but THIS remarkable work of painstaking "reproduction" brought the tale of Casey to a whole new level. I spent over 30 ... Read full review

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User Review  - rhoadesm1 - LibraryThing

The story of "Casey at the Bat" and the Mudville nine is a familiar one, but Bing's illustrations make the story fresh again. The book's layout resembles that of a contemporary newspaper, which gives ... Read full review

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Contents

Section 1
7
Section 2
10
Section 3
14
Section 4
17
Section 5
20
Section 6
30
Section 7
32
Section 8
41
Section 9
43
Section 10
52
Section 11
54
Section 12
56
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About the author (2012)

An undergraduate contributor to the Harvard Lampoon, Ernest Lawrence Thayer (1863-1940) took his satiric talents to the San Francisco Examiner at the invitation of his former classmate, William Randolph Hearst. "Casey at the Bat" made its first appearance under a pseudonym in an 1888 issue of the Examiner.

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