Casey at the Bat: A Ballad of the Republic, Sung in the Year 1888

Casey at the Bat: A Ballad of the Republic, Sung in the Year 1888


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Best loved minor classic newly equipped with zany, startling illustrations by Hull. 57 illustrations.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780486234618
Publisher: Dover Publications
Publication date: 06/01/1977
Series: All Aboard Books Series
Pages: 64
Product dimensions: 8.44(w) x 9.42(h) x 0.13(d)
Age Range: 8 - 12 Years

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

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Casey at the Bat: A Ballad of the Republic, Sung in the Year 1888 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 13 reviews.
Ashleyreece on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Summary:This book is about a baseball team that is two points down with two outs and are in the bottom of the last inning. The next two at bats get on base and now it is Casey¿s turn. Everyone likes Casey and they just know he will hit the winning run. In the end Casey strikes out and his team loses. Personal Reaction: I like this book. As an avid softball player/ fanatic this book speaks to me. I have been in the same situation many times. Extension 1: I would use this in a lesson on sportsmanship. Extension 2: I would have the class talk about a situation that didn¿t turn out quite how they had planned for it to.
KatiePriddle on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Summary: This is the classic poem about a baseball game. It is in the very last moments of the game and Casey is the last chance for a win. Everybody thinks he is going to get a home run. He believes he is going to win the game as well. He shocks everyone, including himself by instead striking out.Personal Reaction:From a young age I enjoyed this poem. Bing really brings it to life with his illustrations. The pictures are a replica of newspaper clippings from that time. This is a really interesting way to portray the story. I can see why it is a Caldecott honor.Classroom Extension Ideas:1. This could introduce a Social Studies unit over America, and the importance of baseball. We would discuss why baseball was created and how it is our `national pastime¿. 2. I would have the students discuss in class a time when they were disappointed by the outcome of a situation. Next, they would talk with a partner about how they coped with that event.
elpowers on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Very interesting-old-timey pencil sketches. A nice book for a read aloud with a historical feel.
Warnerp on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Such an artistic rendition of the classic poem! No wonder it was a Caldecott Honor Book!
elizabethholloway on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This classic ballad still speaks to children. It engages them with the subject (baseball), tense conflict (Casey will win or lose the game), and memorable rhyme. It has been years since I heard this ballad, and I had forgotten how the narrative builds tension with the audience reaction at each step and the two men at bat. What I did remember that still resonates from when I first heard "Casey" as a child are the last lines and the imagery of the happy people somewhere else.On top of what is already great text is an inspired presentation by Christopher Bing. The illustrations are reminiscent of newspapers at from 1888. The text is in newsprint and the illustrations resemble those one might see in the newspapers of that time. Moreover, in the illustrations there is memorabilia that appears to be pasted on top--newspaper clippings, baseball cards, money. The clippings are particularly inspired: they provide additional context for the poem. For example, when two players are referred to as "lulu" and "cake" there is a clipping that tells us that with the advent of baseball gloves, players who chose to use them were considered wimpy and called such names. This book will engage readers at many levels. It would be appropriate for kindergarten to grade 5.
artlibby on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The timelessness of baseball is evidenced in this repackaging of a poem first published in 1889. Baseball fans will delight in the aspects of the game that have changed, which Bing craftily interweaves through newspaper clippings. The illustrator presents the poem against a pseudo-newspaper backdrop that appears convincingly real. Although the artifacts were created by the author, he claims to have made every attempt to accurately reflect the issues of 1889. The yellowed newspaper and black "ink" make up the monotone color combination that recreates a 19th Century newspaper landscape. All the details included in the book beg for second and third readings. Readers can decide to read only the poem, or to read all of the historical extras as well! Recommended for elementary school libraries.
adge73 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Nice. I don't love the art, but it works.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
The genre of this book is under the catogory of poetry. One day in 1888 in Mudville stadium, it was the ninth inning with their team down four to two. After two outs were made the fans wanted Casey to bat, but two batters went before him. The two batters get on base, and Casey steps to the plate with a chance to win the game for the home team. Did Casey get the winning for his team? Read to find out, this book is a must have for any sports lover. The reading level for this book is ages 4-8. Thayer, Ernest Lawrence copied by Bing, Christopher. Casey at the Bat: A Ballad of the Republic Sung in the Year 1888. New York: Handprint Books.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Poetry: The book, Casey at the Bat (A Ballad of the Republic Sung in the Year 1888), was an interesting rhyming book for children. It kept my attention as I read from page to page. It actually had me wondering what would happen on the next page. I liked the book very much and would read it again. I think children will find interest in the topic, especially those who play sports. I liked the fact that the pages had newspaper clippings for it¿s background with information on them from that time period. The book will be able to teach kids more about this time period Ernest Thayer was born in Lawrence, Massacusetts 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 humour columnist for the San Francisco Examiner 1886-88.Thayer¿s last piece, dated June 3, 1888, was a ballad entitled 'Casey' ('Casey at the Bat').It took two decades for the poem to make Thayer famous, as he was hardly the boastful type and had signed the June 3 poem with the nickname 'Phin'. Two mysteries remain about the poem: who, if anyone, was the model for the title character and whether Thayer had a real-life 'Mudville' in mind when he included Mudville as the poem's mythical town. On March 31, 2004, Katie Zezima of The New York Times penned an article called 'In 'Casey' Rhubarb, 2 Cities Cry 'Foul!'' on the competing claims of two towns to such renown: Stockton, California, and Holliston, Massachusetts. He moved to Santa Barbara in 1912, where he married Rosalind Buel Hammett and retired. Thayer died in 1940, at age 77. Casey at the Bat (A Ballad of the Republic Sung in the Year 1888), book is about a baseball game that a player named Casey was at bat. The Casey team was known as the ¿Mudville Nine¿. The game was not looking good for them at all. Players were striking out and they were behind with only one more inning to play. Everyone thought if Casey got up to bat they could win. But, their hope faded away when they realized two more batters were before Casey that did not have a chance. To everyone¿s surprise the two batters got on base, one on second the other on third. Casey got up to bat with everyone in the stands ecstatic. Casey let the first two pitches go by without a swing. Then when the third ball came Casey swung. The crowd became in shock and disappointed. The impossible had happened that they thought never could. ¿And when the dust had lifted, and the men saw what had occurred, There was Jimmy safe at second and Flynn a-hugging third¿. This is the part of the book where the crowd was amazed the two batters before Casey had gotten on base. They had actually hit the ball. ¿And somewhere men are laughing, and somewhere children shout But there is no joy in Mudville---Mighty Casey has struck out¿. This is the end of story where Casey strikes out and the crowd is in shock he did so. Thayer, Ernest Lawrence. Casey at the Bat (A Ballad of the Republic Sung in the Year 1888). New York: Handprint Books, 2000. Grade Level: 3rd
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is the first book my 2-year old son could name by title. He asks for it multiple times daily. I've noticed the publishers' recommended ages, and no, my boy doesn't get exactly why this is such a great story, but he loves the wonderful illustrations, the expressions on the fans' faces, Casey's 'defiance,' the umpire's 'Strike two!', etc. It's a book we'll love together for years.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Casey at the Bat, written by Ernest Lawerence Thayer and illustrated by Chistopher Bing, is presented as a scrapbook of newspaper articles, baseball tickets and other memorabilia from over one hundred years ago. Bing's wonderful illustrations do a great job of bringing the past alive and showing kids who love the game of baseball, how it all started. Although, children may not appreciate the illustrations as much as an adult would. Bing turns thayer's poem into a picture book full of drawings that take you back to the time of 1888. The realistic pen and pencil drawings captures the readers eyes and may cause them to look at the pictures rather than read the story. Throughout the story Thayer makes Casey a big man that everyone has confidence that he will be able to win the game for the Mudville nine. Things were not looking so well for them but the crowd knew that Casey would be to bat and they would put money on it that he would win the game for them. The story goes to show that there are heros and everyone may have their dreams but along with dreams many dissappointments may come, Mighty Casey had struck out! Casey at the Bat was a Caldecott Award winning book, and was also Bing's first children's book to illustrate. His illustrations made you as a reader come to see baseball in 1888. The book is for anyone age six or older.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book was a Caldecott Honoree in 2001 for its outstanding illustrations. That award is richly deserved by this remarkable work whose images will remind you of a Hartnett album. Mr. Christopher Bing has reconceptualized 'Casey at the Bat' from being a poem that appeared in the June 3, 1888 edition of the San Francisco Examiner into an imaginary news story with drawings and artifacts in 'The Mudville Sunday Monitor' of the same date. In that reframing, the classic poem takes on a greater life and significance for fans of the poem. Each page in this brief book resembles the yellowed file copies of that old newspaper, with historic artifacts strewn across its pages. You will see tickets to the game, money, confetti, articles of that time, advertisements, a baseball, a baseball card, and the Library of Congress catalog card for 'Casey at the Bat.' Even the acknowledgments are put into this format. But this would all be but window-dressing if it were not such a powerful poem that has captured the imaginations of baseball fans for generations. 'The outlook wasn't brilliant for the Mudville nine . . . .' 'The score stood four to two with but one inning more to play.' Everyone hopes that Casey will get to bat, but that's unlikely. But a miracle happens. 'For Casey, mighty Casey, was advancing to the bat.' Then comes the most famous and exciting at-bat in fictional baseball history. Alas, like the Red Sox since Babe Ruth left for New York, the end is disappointment for the fans. This book will make a wonderful gift for the baseball fan who has everything. After you finish oohing and aahing over the great illustrations and reliving your pleasure in the poem, I suggest that you reflect over the famous at-bats that have occurred in real baseball games. Which one is your favorite? For me, none can match Kirk Gibson's hobbling home run to help the Dodgers top the Mets in Shea Stadium in the final game of the National League Championship Series and go onto the World Series. I still get chills thinking about that. Reggie Jackson's third home run in the same World Series game comes close as a thrill. Wait for a good pitch, and hit it out of the park! Donald Mitchell, co-author of The Irresistible Growth Enterprise and The 2,000 Percent Solution