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Casey at the Bat: A Ballad of the Republic Sung in the Year 1888

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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- ...more
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published October 1st 2000 by Chronicle Books (first published June 3rd 1888)
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If you love and appreciate baseball not only as a sport, but also as poetry in motion and a metaphor for the American experience, then this is a book that you simply must have. Formatted as clippings from an old-time newspaper contained within a scrapbook with other mementos, it never once steps out of character - front and back dust-cover blurbs, thanks and acknowledgements, editor's notes, dedication, all the way down to publisher's information, ISBN and Library of Congress data all maintain t ...more
Morgan Monty
Dec 11, 2015 Morgan Monty rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Personal Response: I thought that this poem was good. I however, sometimes couldnt keep the story line straight. I liked it however because it involved a lot of suspicion and I also like baseball/softball. It had a lot of relation to his team and also to baseball in general.

Plot Summary: This poem was mainly about a tight baseball game. The best batter on the team was most likely not going to be able to get up to bat. However, he does and his teammates get him there. The other team is leading th
Ch_beth Rice
Mar 14, 2010 Ch_beth Rice rated it really liked it
Shelves: poetry
The original poem “Casey at the Bat” written by Ernest L. Thayer was first published in the San Francisco Examiner in June of 1888. It tells of the how the much revered Casey struck out in the crucial moments of a baseball game. In this Caldecott Honor version by Christopher Bing, the poem is enhanced by the old fashioned scrapbook motif. It is complete with the torn and yellowed edges of newspaper clippings that relate to various baseball stories of the era as well as equipment sales. Bing incl ...more
Feb 26, 2016 Jodi rated it really liked it
Summary: Casey at the bat is a book that is about a baseball game and a player named Casey. The game is one that is close in Mudville and finally Casey got the bat and everyone believed that he would be the one to make the game a winning one, but when Casey finally gets up to bat, it's to everyone's amazement that he strikes out.
Personal Response: I think this book is a good book for children who like baseball or who might like reading a newspaper becaue each page looks like a newspaper article
Thayer, Ernest Lawrence. Casey at the Bat: A Ballad of the Republic, Sung in the Year 1888. New York: Scholastic, 2001. Print.
Summary: This is the classic tale of Casey at the Bat with wonderful illustrations. Surrounding the illustrations are newspaper articles from the late 1800 19s as well as messages to the reader that look like antique newspaper articles.
Ridiculously Simple Synopsis: Casey strikes out 26still.
Curriculum Connection: Spring sports.
Writing a poem like Casey at the Bat-poetry
Mickey Malmgren
Oct 07, 2015 Mickey Malmgren rated it it was amazing
Casey at the Bat is as classic as it gets. Ernest L Thayer's poem captures the spirit of 1880s era America through one of the greatest traditions our country has called its own: baseball. Christopher Bing's artwork combines with Thayer's original poem in this Caldecott Honor edition to create an experience of historical realism full of nostalgia and emotion. As the subtitle (A Ballad of the Republic Sung in the Year 1888) suggests, Thayer's text was completed in 1888, over a hundred years ago. T ...more
Apr 21, 2015 Mandee rated it really liked it
This book is based on the original poem “Casey at the Bat” written by Ernest L. Thayer. It was first published in the San Francisco Examiner in June of 1888. It tells of the how the much revered Casey struck out in the crucial moments of a baseball game. It is a ballad. The text is the simple, classic baseball poem penned by Ernest Lawrence Thayer.

Though younger children may enjoy having it read to them and looking at the pictures, this book is most effective with those who can read and appreci
Deena Lernor
Sep 12, 2014 Deena Lernor rated it really liked it
This is the story for the love of baseball. Casey the magnificent baseball player and his team were down at the end of the inning. The team had two others in front of Casey before he was even close to being up to bat. But with a surprise, his teammates had made amazing at the plate plays giving Casey the chance to bat. The momentum built with the crowd hooting and hollering with every pitch thrown. Every call that had been made followed with hackling at the umpires. With Casey’s potential last p ...more
❂ Jennifer
Magnificent presentation of an American classic. I'm an ardent lover of baseball and I've always loved this poem and I was awed by the care and detail the illustrators, editors and publisher put into this edition. Brilliant.
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Caldecott Honor (2001) the illustrations, graphic elements and layout draw a reader in; they are intentended to reproduce the feel of late 19th century news publications, even using only fonts available at that time. This is a rhyming ballad.

I did not find this particular topic or book engaging but thought that the illustrations and style were promising. I think a writer looking to re-create a time period piece or get a nice feel for the era might enjoy the book. The book is beautifull
Jun 11, 2015 Dolly rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: parents reading with their children
C.F. Payne has such a wonderful, recognizable style - I always get nostalgic for his Reader's Digest back covers when I see one of his picture books. This is a nicely detailed illustrated edition of the classic tune - the scenes are so old fashioned and the characters really come alive.

I wasn't as familiar with the ballad as our girls were (they studied it in school recently), but it was a lot of fun to read aloud. I loved the note at the end of the book that explains more about the origins of
Martiah Rall
Casey at the Bat is a children’s book based off of the poem by Earnest Lawrence Thayer and has a Walt Disney twist. In the story The Mighty Casey is a great baseball player on the Mudville Nine baseball team. Although, he knows he is good and is a ladies man when confronted by the crowd. After making it to the championship game he is faced by the challenge of being the only person who control whether or not they win the game. The whole team and crowd watches as Casey makes the final decision of ...more
Ron Kaplan
Many of the contributors for Smith's collection doubtlessly can quote verbatim the timeless poem, CASEY AT THE BAT. Since its debut over 100 years ago, dozens of versions have been published, either continuations of the legend of Casey ("Casey's Daughter," "Casey's Revenge"), or parodies following the same fashion and general meter.[return][return]One of the most renown artists of our generation, LeRoy Neiman, has lent his unique style to illustrate the words of Ernest Lawrence Thayer. Joe Torre ...more
Jul 04, 2012 Allison rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I’m not one to pick up poetry often. I am also not a huge sports fan, especially baseball. I will be the first to admit it but this poem was actually quite good. The illustrations were astonishingly good too for a poetry book. Ken Bachaus brought life to the baseball game and I enjoyed the yellow and brown pastels pictures. They were very detailed and creative. I also enjoyed the story. I was fun and exciting and you wanted so badly for Casey to get a chance to bat. Casey up to the plate and he ...more
Nov 29, 2011 Johnny rated it liked it
Title: Casey at The Bat
Author: Christopher Bing

Genre: Folklore

Summary: Baseball fans and teammates place their confidence in one batter to save the day.

A. The illustrations are critiqued

B. The classic tale is told through detailed black and white drawings. The illustrations on the front and back cover mimic an old style leather binder, and set the stage for the time period and atmosphere of the 1880's baseball era. The illustrations also set the stage for this story through the depiction of each
Dec 03, 2011 Colby rated it really liked it
Shelves: poetry
Casey at the Bat is a book by Ernest Lawrence Thaver and illustrated by Christopher Bing. It is about the last inning of a baseball game, and how the Mudville nine team is down in the game, but they have hope that they might win if the star player, Casey, is able to come to bat. Their hope is in Casey as he comes to bat with the bases loaded. The first pitch is thrown and a strike is called, the second pitch is called and another strike is called; the town is in uproar for the umpire calling str ...more
Mary Ward
Mar 04, 2012 Mary Ward rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: eced221
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A poem that was really popular at one time, this tale is a puzzler. It captures the feverish spirit of Americans and the love for the all-American game. And yet it is, ultimately, the story of a LOSER! Why, then, does it remain so popular among the poetic genre?

In this re-imagining, we get a new feel for the tale, one that emphasizes everything that’s at stake. Here, Casey isn’t some well-honed and trained professional but KC, a young ghetto boy, a potential star, with everything riding on this
Sep 15, 2014 Kathy rated it really liked it
Recommended to Kathy by: Purchased it for my child.
I pulled Casey at the Bat from the shelf while watching the Mariners vs. Orioles game this afternoon. (There was joy in Seattle-ville as the Mariners ended a four-game losing streak.) The illustrations in the book are of the 8th and 9th innings in the Mudville game and include photocopies of newspaper advertisements and articles about baseball from 1888, and photocopies of artifacts such as coins, tickets, and baseball cards from the time.

One article is about a mayor who supports putting fences
Summary: Casey at the Bat is a baseball poem. It is about a baseball game, where one team is down in a town called Mudville. The fans pin all of their hopes on a player named Casey, who apparently has a good batting record and who they feel can save the game. But, two players are up before him, who they don't have hope in. To everyone's surprise, the two players before Casey get on base, on 2nd and 3rd, so there is hope of winning when Casey steps up. he poem ends with Thayer have set up all of ...more
Lisa Vegan
I read this only because Patricia Polacco illustrated it and also wrote additional text, the story portion to make it be about Little League. I’ve recently been reading my way through all of her books,; all the others she illustrates and writes in their entirety. That’s the only reason that I read this book.

I love baseball but I’ve never been particularly fond of this poem, which here is subtitled A Ballad of the Republic, Sung in the Year 1888.

In this edition, Polacco really makes this book her
Aug 26, 2012 Paul rated it really liked it
Shelves: childrens-lit
With all the versions of this ballad by different illustrators, it can get a bit confusing. Gerald Fitzgerald's rendition in acrylic is very pleasing. This soft style gives a feel of looking back in time through an autumn haze to this one baseball game. The ballplayers are everyday guys, the crowd seems to be at a rural stadium, and his capture of the action and perspective of field play is skillful. Casey towers a little bigger, but his hatless trudge back to the dugout after his world-famous s ...more
Daniel Franklin
Summarize the book
This is a modern take on the classic poem written in 1888 by Ernest Thayer, set in a little league context. The main character, of course, is Mighty Casey. However, in this take he is a 12 year old boy who arrogantly skips warm-ups and practices, and shows up almost late to the baseball game, believing that he is so good that it won’t matter if he warms up or not. Of course, we all know how this story ends: Mighty Casey strikes out. In the end, Casey admits he made an enormous
Mar 12, 2016 Relyn rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: teachers, parents, kids
Recommended to Relyn by: no idea
Shelves: lawsonland, poetry
Any time you teach a poetry unit, you have got to cover ballads. I don't think there is a more accessible ballad than this one.

Lesson Connections
Each February we have a big poetry unit in my classroom. One of the things we do is a Poetry Scavenger Hunt. We have at least 50 poetry books on display in the room and I begin the unit by book talking each book briefly. This takes me at least a week because I read a poem from each book. Then, the kids choose what appeals to them. They can read anythin
John Sperry
Jul 22, 2014 John Sperry rated it it was amazing
Casey At The Bat by Christopher Bing uses beautiful illustrations that mimic old newspapers to tell the story of Casey coming to bat. The entire story builds to the point that he is at bat and two sentences are used on each page that rhyme. At the end of the story, Casey strikes out and the lesson of the story is that you don't always win and that you must continue to keep working. Additionally, this is the most richly illustrated book which I have seen to date.
Mar 16, 2014 Rebecca rated it really liked it
This is a great book if you appreciate baseball, not just as a sport, but as poetry. I love how this poem puts baseball in motion. It captures the attention of the audience with creative language and rhythm. The art work in the book also has something to be said for itself. Some of the newspaper clippings are from newspapers in the late 19th century. This book includes type, hand-drawn art, baseball ephemera, and background illustrations.
Springtime is special. The breaking of the weather means the ballplayers come north from the Grapefruit (and Cactus) League. It's a glorious time.

I celebrate this ritual annually with the traditional reading of this American classic! I love "Casey at the Bat".

Reading of the Mudville nine puts a smile on my face. I read this with my students and my children each spring. The way things fell this year, we waited until after the season began. But it meshed well with our classroom poetry exploration.
Jessica Maynard
Dec 05, 2012 Jessica Maynard rated it really liked it
Shelves: poetry
Casey at the Bat is a tale of a baseball team who is depending on Casey. He is the star and the team and fans know he is going to win the game for them. Everyone is cheering him on and they expect him to step up to the plate and score. When he steps up to bat a strike is called and everyone yells at the umpire. Everyone is so excited and they know Casey can save the day and be the superstar player they know him to be. In the end Casey strikes out and all the joy in Mudville is gone. This is a re ...more
Riley Mooney
Mar 27, 2014 Riley Mooney rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
For all you baseball fans out there, I strongly recommend this book. It is a very well written poem with powerful and detailed illustrations. I had to go back and reread a few of the sentences because some of the terminology used is a little more complex. One of the things I liked most about this book is the vocabulary words used. For example, “A sickly silence” is used to describe the emotions of the crowd. In my eyes, one of the strongest features of this poem is the way it introduces differe ...more
Alisha Ptacek
Personal Reaction-
This book is really hard to read even for myself a college student. This book uses a look of challenging vocabulary in it that will either frustrate children or challenge them. It has a good story behind it with a nice rhythm, which children will enjoy.

Read aloud to 1st-6th grade children for several potential purposes:
This book has a lot of challenging vocabulary that I think will challenge and expand the vocabulary of the students.
Vocabulary includes: arrogantly, st
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