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The Annotated Casey at the Bat

3.27  ·  Rating Details ·  11 Ratings  ·  4 Reviews
s/t: A Collection of Ballads about the Mighty Casey
Entertaining tribute to the immortal slugger tells the story behind one of America’s best-loved poems. Includes introductory material on author Ernest L. Thayer, complete original version of poem and a profusion of amusing sequels and parodies, among them Casey’s Revenge, by Grantland Rice, Why Casey Whiffed, by Don Fairba
Paperback, 219 pages
Published March 1st 1984 by University of Chicago Press (first published January 1st 1967)
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Apr 05, 2015 Peter rated it liked it
Quirky book that presents Ernest Thayer's immortal comic poem and numerous examples of the remarkably large number of derivative poems it inspired. Most of the latter are repetitive and mediocre - I wish that later writers had done something more creative with the Casey story, as Ray Bradbury did. I also wanted more background on Thayer, one of literature's greatest one-hit wonders.
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Feb 10, 2014 Tom Willeford rated it really liked it
Shelves: sports
Fantastic collection of Ernest Lawrence Thayer's--and others' --versions of the beloved baseball poem.
Dec 28, 2013 Matt rated it it was ok
Well, that was... something. Informative? Baseball-y?

[2.5 stars for being a part of sports history, maybe?]
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Martin Gardner was an American mathematics and science writer specializing in recreational mathematics, but with interests encompassing micromagic, stage magic, literature (especially the writings of Lewis Carroll), philosophy, scientific skepticism, and religion. He wrote the Mathematical Games column in Scientific American from 1956 to 1981, and published over 70 books.
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