Daily Times New Brunswick, NJ 4 June 1895

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Daily Times New Brunswick, NJ 4 June 1895 - Tbe ''Greatest , . r Written, To the Editor'of...
Tbe ''Greatest , . r Written, To the Editor'of tWfmse : V- J of the best-things £ ever read, lir tells of J a how, a popular player on the, Boston team, Tr and one of the surest- batters^ straek out when there were two men on bases and only one innto^, left to play. It ia one of the classics of the game, I think al) your 'readers would be interested in it,' * JBOOTBK. . The po?m referred to was published a^ont seven or eight years ago. The words are as follows: CASEY AT THB BAT.~ It looked extremely roelgy for the Boston nine that day; s - 1 " ^ The score stood two to four, with but an inning left to play. S", whea Cooney dieff at second, and Burrows did the same, A pallor wreathed the .features of the patrons of the game. A straggling few got np to go, leaving there' the rest, With that hope which springs eternal within the human breast. For they thought: " If only Casey could get a whack at that," They'd put up even money now, with Gassy at the - bat. But Flynn preceded Casey, and likewise so did Blake, Ani Jin former was a pudd'n. and the latter was a fake. So on that Btric'ken multitude a deathlike silence sa^ — For there seemed bnt little chance of Casey's gei^ -ting to the bat. Bat Flynnlet drive a. ^singlV to the wonderment of . -all' • •• - ' ••-'-•' Ard then" much despised Blakey "-tore till cover off the ball." "•._••-And when the dust had lifted and they saw what hadoeeured. There was Blakey safe at second. and~Flynn a-hu«- gin 1 third. Then from the gladdened multitud^ewent up a joyous yell, ' . It rumbled .in the mountain tops, it rattled "in the dell; - It struck upon the hillside" and reb,ouaded on the flat; ', '' ' : for Casey, Mighty Caeey, was advancing ts the • bat. . There was ease in Casey's manner as he stenped into his place, -.There was pride in Casey's bearing and & smile on Casey's face; And when responding to the cheers he'lightly doffed his hat; . * J No stranger in the crowd could doubt 'twas Cases- at the bat. Ten thousand eyes were on bun as he rubbed his hands wi h dirt. Five thousand tongues applauded when he wiped them.on his shirt; Then wh-n the writhing pi'clier ground the ball into his hip, Defiance glanced in Casey's eye, a sneer curled Casey's lip. And now tae leather-covered sphere came hurtling through the air, . An' Casey stood a watchin'-it in haughty grandeur there. Close-by the sturdy batsman ball unheeded sped, "That ain't my style," said Casey. "Strike one," the umpire said. From the benches, black with people, there went up a muffled roar, Like the beating of storm waves on the stern and distant shore; ^ ' "Kill him!" kill tha umpire!" shouted some one on the stand; And it's litely they'd have killed him had not Casey raised his hand. With a smile of Christian clarity great Casey's visage shown; : He stilled the rising tnmnlt, he bade the game goon; He signaled to the pitcher, and once "mere the spheroid flew; But Casey still ignored it an I the umpire said "Strike two." •'Fraud!" cried the maddened thousands, and the echo answered "FraudI" But one scornful look from Gassy and the audience - was awed; , . They saw his fac=t grow stern and cold, they saw his muscles strain, And they knew that Casev wouldn't let the ball go by again. :The sneer is gone, from Casey's lips, his teeth are clenched in hate, He pounds with cruel yengeance his bat upon the plate;, And now the pitcher holds the ball, and now he lets it go. " . And now the air iff shattered by the force of Casey's blow. Oh, somewhere in this favored land t 1 e sun ia shining bright, The band is. playing somewhere, and somewhere hearts are light; And somewhere men are laughing, and somewhere children .shout. But there is no joy In Boston; mighty Casey has struck out. : In at at of An the on he also are and they they the has The just swan have

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  2. 04 Jun 1895, Tue,
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