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The night Casey was born :
the true story behind the great American ballad "Casey at the bat" /
John Evangelist Walsh.
|Main Creator:||Walsh, John Evangelist, 1927-2015.|
""Casey at the Bat," the legendary poem detailing the abysmal failure of a small-town baseball hero, has become as much a part of American culture as baseball itself. But until now, little has been written about the circumstances surrounding its creation and its first performance in New York's Wallack's Theater in 1888." "In this new slice of Americana, John Evangelist Walsh gives the story behind the poem for the first time, shaping vivid pictures of the poet, the poem's original and favorite performer, New York in the 1880s, and America in the earliest years of its love affair with baseball." "Surveying the day's great comic performers to its most legendary baseballers, the streets of Manhattan and the zeitgeist of a young America, the story of "Casey" is as dramatic as the poem itself. With a wealth of detail, Walsh explores the road leading to the poem's first performance and its immediate popularity. Baseball fans, theater lovers, and American history buffs alike will enjoy this tale of a culturally definitive moment - The Night Casey Was Born."--Jacket.
|Published / Created:||
Woodstock, NY : Overlook Press, 2007.
Includes bibliographical references (pages 207-211) and index.
Walsh gives the story behind the creation of this iconic piece of American folklore and its first performance in New York's Wallack's Theatre in 1888.
Physical description: 220 pages : illustrations, portraits ; 22 cm
|Contained in:||Stephen Griffin Collection|
GR 5633: Stephen Griffin Collection