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(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 June 24 poem with the ... more »

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  • ''With a smile of Christian charity great Casey's visage shone;
    He stilled the rising tumult, he made the game go on;''
    Ernest Lawrence Thayer (1863-1940), U.S. poet. Casey at the Bat (l. 37-38). . . Best Loved Poems of the American People, The. Hazel Felleman, ed. ...
  • ''There was ease in Casey's manner as he stepped into his place,
    There was pride in Casey's bearing and a smile on Casey's face;''
    Ernest Lawrence Thayer (1863-1940), U.S. poet. Casey at the Bat (l. 21-22). . . Best Loved Poems of the American People, The. Hazel Felleman, ed. ...
  • ''It looked extremely rocky for the Mudville nine that day;
    The score stood two to four, with but one inning left to play.''
    Ernest Lawrence Thayer (1863-1940), U.S. poet. Casey at the Bat (l. 1-2). . . Best Loved Poems of the American People, The. Hazel Felleman, ed. (1...
  • Oh, somewhere in this favored land the sun is shining bright,
    The band is playing somewhere, and somewhere hearts are light;
    And somewhere men are laughing, and somewhere children shout,...
    Ernest Lawrence Thayer (1863-1940), U.S. poet. Casey at the Bat (l. 49-52). . . Best Loved Poems of the American People, The. Hazel Felleman, ed. ...
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  • 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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