Read Casey at the Bat (below) first to refresh your memory, then enjoy this wonderful sendup by PJTV.
|Casey at the Bat by Ernest Lawrence Thayer ©|
|Published: The Examiner (06-03-1888)|
The Outlook wasn’t brilliant for the Mudville nine that day:
A straggling few got up to go in deep despair. The rest
But Flynn preceded Casey, as did also Jimmy Blake,
But Flynn let drive a single, to the wonderment of all,
Then from 5,000 throats and more there rose a lusty yell;
There was ease in Casey’s manner as he stepped into his place;
Ten thousand eyes were on him as he rubbed his hands with dirt;
And now the leather-covered sphere came hurtling through the air,
From the benches, black with people, there went up a muffled roar,
With a smile of Christian charity great Casey’s visage shone;
“Fraud!” cried the maddened thousands, and echo answered fraud;
The sneer is gone from Casey’s lip, his teeth are clenched in hate;
Oh, somewhere in this favored land the sun is shining bright;
And now the back story (there’s always a back story, isn’t there?).
In 1885 George Hearst decided to run for state senator in California. He purchased the San Francisco Examiner in order to self-promote his political views, and after the election gave the newspaper to his son, William Randolph Hearst. Thus began the Hearst publishing empire.
William Randolph Hearst had some experience editing the Harvard Lampoon while at Harvard, and took three Lampoon staff members with him when he went to California. One was Ernest L. Thayer, who signed his humorous Lampoon articles with the pen name “Phin”. Thayer wrote Casey at the Bat and it was first published in the San Francisco Examiner on June 3, 1888. Baseball Almanac
And now you know the rest of the story.