Thursday, June 15, 2017
Treasures From the Worcester Room: Casey at the Bat
Did you know that earlier this month, Worcester celebrated Casey at the Bat week in commemoration of the 129th anniversary of Ernest Thayer's famous baseball poem? In honor of that, today's blog post is about one of the most unique and fascinating additions to the library's Worcester Room Collection; a handwritten copy of the poem gifted to the library by Ernest Thayer himself in 1896.
Casey at the Bat is of course well-known to baseball and poetry enthusiasts alike. The poem, telling the legend of star baseball player Casey, and his ill-fated strikeout was an instant sensation when it was first published in 1888, and has been endlessly preformed, adapted, parodied and honored in the following years. However, what some might not know, was that the author was a local Massachusetts man. He was born in Lawrence, and raised in Worcester. At some point, he seems to have made the acquaintance of Worcester Public Library Director Samuel Green, which led to our library acquiring this great treasure.
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