Posts Tagged ‘Casey at the Bat’
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As we we slip off into Big Apple dreams, we might recall that it was on this date in 1972 that Willie Mays, in his first game as a NY Met, hit the homer that beat his alma mater, the (San Francisco) Giants, 5-4.
On this same date in 1888, baseball enthusiast and (then New York) Giants fan, DeWolf Hopper first performed Ernest Thayer’s then-unknown poem “Casey at the Bat” at a game between the Giants and the Chicago Cubs. “The audience literally went wild,” the New York World reported the next day. “Men got up on their seats and cheered… it was one of the wildest scenes ever seen…” By coincidence, August 14th, 1888 was Ernest Thayer’s 25th birthday. Hopper’s gift to Thayer kept on giving: Hopper was the prime agent of the poem’s growing fame: he went on to recite it publicly over 10,000 times– in theaters, over the radio and on record (click here to hear), and ultimately in an early film.
Hopper, mid-recitation (source)