Ernest Lawrence Thayer

(14 August 1863 - 21 August 1940 / Lawerence / Massachusetts)

Ernest Lawrence Thayer
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Ernest Lawrence Thayer was an American writer and poet who wrote "Casey at the Bat".

Biography

Thayer was born in Lawrence, Massachusetts and raised in Worcester. He graduated magna cum laude in philosophy from Harvard in 1885, where he was editor of the Harvard Lampoon. Its business manager, William Randolph Hearst, hired Thayer as humor columnist for the San Francisco Examiner 1886–88.

Thayer’s last piece, dated June 24, 1888, was a ballad entitled "Casey" ("Casey at the Bat").

It took several months after its publication for the poem to make Thayer famous, since he was hardly the boastful type and had signed the ... more »

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  • Rookie John William Clarke (2/19/2011 9:07:00 PM)

    I think I heard Grys Rys Jones recite this in The Nations Favourite Poems, putting on an American accent, very amusing.

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Casey at the Bat

The outlook wasn't brilliant for the Mudville nine that day;
The score stood four to two, with but one inning more to play,
And then when Cooney died at first, and Barrows did the same,
A pall-like silence fell upon the patrons of the game.

A straggling few got up to go in deep despair. The rest
Clung to that hope which springs eternal in the human breast;
They thought, 'If only Casey could but get a whack at that-
We'd put up even money now, with Casey at the bat.'

But Flynn preceded Casey, as did also Jimmy Blake,
And the former was a hoodoo, while the...

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