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Information and videos about Casey at the Bat by Ernest Thayer.
Be sure to mention that most people tend to believe Casey in the poem must refer to Babe Ruth (if students still know Babe Ruth). However, the poem was written a couple of generations before Ruth and well before anyone tended to hit home runs in the sport.
"Casey at the Bat: A Ballad of the Republic Sung in the Year 1888" is a baseball poem written in 1888 by Ernest Thayer. First published in The San Francisco Examiner on June 3, 1888, it was later popularized by DeWolf Hopper in many vaudeville performances. It has become one of the best-known poems in American literature. The poem was originally published anonymously (under the pen name "Phin", based on Thayer's college nickname, "Phineas").
Students of mine created a video poem.
Slightly more professional video poem.
1946 Disney version. If it's blocked, search for it.