A Few Great (and lesser known) Baseball Poems

America’s pastime holds tradition in high esteem and that sentiment even extends to poetry about the game. This tradition exalts such pieces as Franklin P. Adams’ famous tribute to the Cubs’ double play combination, “Tinker to Evers to Chance/A trio of bear cubs fleeter then birds,” Ogden Nash’s “Line-Up For Yesterday,” with its list of formidable (and alphabetical) dead-ball era greats, and probably the single most well-known baseball poem, Ernest Thayer’s rib-tickling 1888 ballad entitled, “Casey at the Bat.”

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Michael Rogers
History of the Game Series: A Response to Royalty

Sports in general have been accused of being simple diversions for the dreariness of existence. This assumption envisions a poor slub miserable in a 9 to 5, who escapes the monotony of bosses and bad coffee with the physical grace of a double play executed across the country and broadcast on an old TV. Due to baseball’s prestigious history, this die-hard fan looking to forget is hollering in his living room to the boys of summer.

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Ancient Egypt and The History of Baseball

Batting the Ball (or “seker-hemat”) was an Egyptian bat-and-ball game, played by the Egyptian pharaohs (with their priests as catchers)! Significantly, this game had certain physical and thematic similarities to modern American baseball, and in certain ways, might be understood as an ancient precursor to baseball and softball—as Peter A. Piccione, Ph.D. also notes the possibility of professional female ball players in Egypt.

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