“The outlook wasn’t brilliant for the Mudville nine that day:
The score stood four to two, with but one inning more to play,
And then when Cooney died at first, and Barrows did the same,
A pall-like silence fell upon the patrons of the game.”

Earnest Lawrence Thayer, “Casey At the Bat”


With a baseball season about to begin and a beautiful spring sun shining in the sky, what better poem to celebrate. The storytelling in this latter-day ballad is exquisite, from the beautiful pastiche of language (“the former was a hoodoo, while the latter was a cake”) to the elegant set-up of the dénouement. Not much art in this ditty, but oh, so much style!