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Night Casey Was Born

The Night Casey Was Born

John Evangelist Walsh

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ISBN 13: 978-1-58567-893-8
Trim Size: 6X9
Cloth
Overlook
2/1/2007

Product Description

Casey at the Bat , the legendary poem detailing the abysmal failure of a small town baseball hero, has become as much a part of American culture as baseball itself. But until now, little has been written about the circumstances surrounding its creation and its first performance in New York s Wallack s Theater in 1888.

In this incredible new slice of Americana, John Evangelist Walsh gives the story behind the poem, shaping vivid pictures of the poet, the poem s original and favorite performer, New York in the 1880s, and America in the earliest years of its love affair with baseball.

Surveying the day s great comic performers to its most legendary baseballers, from the streets of Manhattan to the zeitgeist of a young America, the story of Casey is as dramatic as the poem itself. With an amazing wealth of detail, Walsh explores the road leading to the poem s first performance and its immediate popularity. Baseball fans, theater lovers, and American history buffs alike will enjoy this dramatic tale of a culturally definitive moment The Night Casey Was Born.

"This history of the mighty Casey hits it out of the park." -Baltimore Sun

"John Evangelist Walsh, the cheerful chronicler of many odd and curious bits of American and Other history, explains it all in a delightful book that explores the poem and its author, as well As the baseball and theater culture of the 1880s." -Los Angeles Times

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