Casey at the Bat

Casey at the Bat

A Ballad of the Republic Sung in the Year 1888

by Ernest Lawrence Thayer, Christopher Bing (Illustrator)
Publisher: Chronicle Books
1st Edition, ©2000, ISBN: 9781929766000
Hardcover, 32 pages
Price: $19.99
"And somewhere men are laughing, and somewhere children shout; But there is no joy in Mudville—mighty Casey has struck out."

Those lines have echoed through the decades, the final stanza of a poem published pseudonymously in the June 3, 1888, issue of the San Francisco Examiner. Its author would rather have seen it forgotten. Instead, Ernest Thayer's poem has taken a well-deserved place as an enduring icon of Americana. Christopher Bing's magnificent version of this immortal ballad of the flailing 19th-century baseball star is rendered as though it had been newly discovered in a hundred-year-old scrapbook. Bing seamlessly weaves real and trompe l'oeil reproductions of artifacts-period baseball cards, tickets, advertisements, and a host of other memorabilia into the narrative to present a rich and multifaceted panorama of a bygone era. A book to be pored over by children, treasured by aficionados of the sport-and given as a gift to all ages: a tragi-comic celebration of heroism and of a golden era of sport.

This edition deserves the Caldecott Honor it received in 2001 and is our favorite version in-print.

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Summary: The famous ballad of Mudville Nine's vainglorious slugger, along with magnificent, museum-quality illustrations.

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