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June 6, 2013

Deford gives keynote for baseball symposium

Writer speaks about 'Casey at the Bat'


“Even Tinkers to Evers to Chance is a double killing,” he continued. “Thank God for ‘Who’s on First.’ Why? I don’t know.”

Deford also laughed about the idea that Norworth, like Thayer, was not a baseball fan. 

“He wrote that song in 1908 and he had never been to a baseball game. It was another 30 years before he went to a game. Don’t you think he would at least go to a game and see what it was like?

“There are so many great baseball writers,” he said, “and those two pieces, the two most famous things written about baseball, were written by people who knew very little about baseball. Those are the mysteries of life and of baseball.”

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