Casey At the Bat Item: 766000
Casey At the BatISBN: 1-929-76600-9
By: Christopher Bing
" The outlook wasn't brilliant for the Mudville Nine that day. The score stood four to two with but one inning more to play..."
Those lines have echoed through the decades, the first stanza of a poem published pseudonymously in the June 3, 1888, issue of the San Francisco Examiner. Its author would rather have seen it forgotten. Instead, Ernest L. Thayer's poem has taken a well-deserved place as an enduring icon of Americana. Christopher Bing's magnificent presentation of this immortal ballad of the flailing 19th century baseball star is rendered as though it had been newly discovered in a hundred-year-old scrapbook. Bing seamlessly weaves real and trompe l'oeil reproductions of artifacts, period baseball cards, tickets, advertisements, and a host of other memorabilia into the narrative to present a rich and multi-faceted panorama of a bygone era.
A book to be pored over by children, treasured by aficionados of the game and given as a gift to all ages: a tragi-comic celebration of heroism and of a golden era sport.
Hardback, 32 pages