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June 6, 2013

Local performs costumed recitations of Casey at the Bat

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I’ve recited the poem at 10 All-Star Fanfests, and for many student groups at local schools. It’s a joy to share this ancient baseball text with kids, and to see it come alive in their eyes. Casey at the Bat has been beloved by five or six generations of baseball fans, and I’ve been proud to play a small part in that. As long as there is baseball, I think this poem will continue to capture the essence of the game — the drama, the hope and the failure — not just the strikeout by our hero, Casey, but the implicit next game and next at-bat, tomorrow, for this most hopeful of games.

— Tim Wiles, director of research, National Baseball Hall of Fame

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