A poem for the game

On this day in 1888 in the San Francisco Examiner, the comic ballad, Casey at the Bat by Ernest L. Thayer appeared. It was originally submitted anonymously by Thayer who was a columnist for the newspaper. Since then, the poem has become almost as much of a tradition as "Take me out to the ballgame" sung during the seventh inning stretch.

The Library has several wonderful illustrated versions of the poem. Check one out to read with your kids before a Tigers game.