Ten thousand eyes were on him as he rubbed his hands with dirt; Five thousand tongues applauded when he wiped them on his shirt; Then while the writhing pitcher ground the ball into his hip, Defiance flashed in Casey's eye, a sneer curled Casey's lip. And now the leather-covered sphere came hurtling through the air, And Casey stood a-watching it in haughty grandeur there.
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Close by the sturdy batsman the ball unheeded sped— "That ain't my style," said Casey. From the benches, black with people, there went up a muffled roar, Like the beating of the storm-waves on a stern and distant shore; "Kill him! Kill the umpire! With a smile of Christian charity great Casey's visage shone; He stilled the rising tumult; he bade the game go on; He signaled to the pitcher, and once more the dun sphere flew; But Casey still ignored it and the umpire said, "Strike two! They saw his face grow stern and cold, they saw his muscles strain, And they knew that Casey wouldn't let that ball go by again.
The sneer is gone from Casey's lip, his teeth are clenched in hate, He pounds with cruel violence his bat upon the plate; And now the pitcher holds the ball, and now he lets it go, And now the air is shattered by the force of Casey's blow. Oh, somewhere in this favoured land the sun is 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 Mudville—mighty Casey has struck out.
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National Poetry Month. American Poets Magazine. Poems Find and share the perfect poems. Casey at the Bat. This poem is in the public domain. Baseball and Writing Suggested by post-game broadcasts Fanaticism? Writing is exciting and baseball is like writing. You can never tell with either how it will go or what you will do; generating excitement— a fever in the victim— pitcher, catcher, fielder, batter.
Victim in what category? Owl man watching from the press box? To whom does it apply? Who is excited?
Might it be I? It's a pitcher's battle all the way—a duel— a catcher's, as, with cruel puma paw, Elston Howard lumbers lightly back to plate. His spring de-winged a bat swing. They have that killer instinct; yet Elston—whose catching arm has hurt them all with the bat— when questioned, says, unenviously, "I'm very satisfied. We won. When three players on a side play three positions and modify conditions, the massive run need not be everything.
Roger Maris has it, running fast. You will never see a finer catch. Assign Yogi Berra to Cape Canaveral; he could handle any missile. He is no feather. Strike two!
A blur. It's gone. You would infer that the bat had eyes. Pete Rose had 14, career at bats, the all-time major league and National League record. The single season record is held by Jimmy Rollins , who had at bats in ; Willie Wilson , Ichiro Suzuki and Juan Samuel also had more than at bats in a season.
The team record for most at bats in a single season is 5, by the Boston Red Sox. Note that just because a player is described as being "at bat" in this sense, he will not necessarily be given an at bat in his statistics; the phrase actually signifies a plate appearance assuming it is eventually completed. This ambiguous terminology is usually clarified by context. To refer explicitly to the technical meaning of "at bat" described above, the term "official at bat" is sometimes used.
Official Baseball Rule 5.
The "time at bat" defined in this rule is more commonly referred to as a plate appearance , and the playing rules Rules 1 through 8 uses the phrase "time at bat" in this sense [note 2]. In contrast, the scoring rules use the phrase "time at bat" to refer to the statistic at bat , defined in Rule 9. The phrase "plate appearance" is used in Rules 9.
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Not to be confused with Plate appearance.
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See also: List of Major League Baseball career at-bat leaders. The result was high batting averages , including some near. Major League Baseball ed. Office of the Commissioner of Baseball. Retrieved Baseball Reference.