Ernest L. Thayer's Casey at the Bat

Ernest L. Thayer's Casey at the Bat

A Ballad of the Republic Sung in the Year 1888

Book - 2000
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"And somewhere men are laughing, and somewhere children shout; But there is no joy in Mudville-mighty Casey has struck out." Those lines have echoed through the decades, the final stanza of a poem published pseudonymously in the June 3, 1888, issue of the San Francisco Examiner. Its author would rather have seen it forgotten. Instead, Ernest Thayer's poem has taken a well-deserved place as an enduring icon of Americana. Christopher Bing's magnificent version of this immortal ballad of the flailing 19th-century baseball star is rendered as though it had been newly discovered in a hundred-year-old scrapbook. Bing seamlessly weaves real and trompe l'oeil reproductions of artifacts-period baseball cards, tickets, advertisements, and a host of other memorabilia into the narrative to present a rich and multifaceted panorama of a bygone era. A book to be pored over by children, treasured by aficionados of the sport-and given as a gift to all ages: a tragi-comic celebration of heroismand of a golden era of sport.
Publisher: Brooklyn, NY : Handprint Books, c2000.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9781929766000
1929766009
Branch Call Number: JE Tha
Characteristics: 1 v. (unpaged) : ill ; 32 cm.
Additional Contributors: Bing, Christopher H. - Illustrator
Alternative Title: Casey at the bat.

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FindingJane Sep 26, 2016

This classic poem is enriched by the old-fashioned black-and-sepia drawings and the additions of faux newspaper clippings that artfully surround the poem as it progresses. The pictures set the story firmly within its 19th-century origins with drawings of $0.20 tickets for the fictional baseball game and illustrations of faux advertisements for everything from neckties, soap to baseball gloves.

It is a genial tale, even with its glum conclusion, and this particular rendering captures all the sparkle that accompanied a 19th-century summer day spent at the games.

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