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Casey at the Bat: A Ballad of the Republic Sung in the Year 1888by Ernest Lawrence Thayer
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The outlook wasn't brilliantandlt;BRandgt; for the Mudville nine that day:andlt;BRandgt; The score stood four to twoandlt;BRandgt; with but one inning more to play.... andlt;BRandgt; Since 1888 andlt;Iandgt;Casey at the Batandlt;/Iandgt; has been read and loved by baseball fans around the world. Now Mighty Casey has been brought to life by celebrated illustrator C. F. Payne, who captures the old-fashioned fun of an afternoon at the ballpark for a brand-new generation.
More than one hundred years ago Ernest L. Thayer's classic poem captured an emotional moment in an everyday game of baseball. It expresses the anxious hope of fans yearning for victory, a moment repeated every season, in baseball stadiums large and small. Now C. F. Payne portrays the vigor and action of the game through expressive, energetic illustrations. With biographical and historical notes, this perennial favorite will score with new audiences.
The outlook wasn't brilliant
for the Mudville nine that day:
The score stood four to two
with but one inning more to play....
Since 1888 Casey at the Bat has been read and loved by baseball fans around the world. Now Mighty Casey has been brought to life by celebrated illustrator C. F. Payne, who captures the old-fashioned fun of an afternoon at the ballpark for a brand-new generation.
More than 100 years ago, Thayer's classic poem captured an emotional moment in an everyday game of baseball. Now C.F. Payne portrays the vigor and action of the game through expressive, energetic illustrations. Includes biographical and historical notes. Full color.
About the Author
Ernest L. Thayer was born in Lawrence, Massachusetts, in 1863. He grew up in nearby Worcester, attended Harvard College, and afterward, worked at the San Francisco Daily Examiner. While there, he wrote news stories, editorials, and ballads as well as a humorous column that he signed with the nickname "Phin."
Thayer returned to the East Coast in 1888. Shortly after his return he wrote Casey at the Bat and sent it to the Examiner where on June 3, 1888, it was printed on the editorial page and signed "Phin." After years of being performed on stage and radio, the ballad became immortalized, and is now known and loved by generations of baseball fans around the world. C. F. Payne has illustrated more than a dozen picture books, including the Texas Bluebonnet winner Shoeless Joe & Black Betsy and Turkey Bowl, both written by Phil Bildner. He also illustrated the New York Times bestsellers The Remarkable Farkle McBride and Micawber, both by John Lithgow. He teaches at the Columbus College of Design, where he is the chair of the Illustration Department. C.F Payne lives in Cincinnati, Ohio, with his wife and children. Visit him at CFPayne.com.
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