Casey at the Bat', subtitled 'A Ballad of the Republic Sung in the Year 1888', is a baseball poem written in 1888 by Ernest Thayer. First published in the San Francisco Examiner on June 3, 1888, it was later popularized by DeWolf Hopper in many vaudeville performances. The poem was originally published anonymously (under the pen name 'Phin', based on Thayer's college nickname, 'Phineas'), The author's identity was not widely known at first. A number falsely claimed to have authored the poem, and Thayer's efforts to set the record straight were often ignored1888/USA
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