Casey at the BatAll of us have read “Casey at the Bat” and probably we have heard it recited many times.  But did you know that “Casey at the Bat” is considered one of America’s most enduring poems?  Its closest rival for that honor is “Twas the Night Before Christmas,” to which we respond: bah, humbug!

And did you know that the town of Holliston, MA, located 20 miles west of Boston, claims that the Mudville section of their town was the actual setting for the poem?  But the City of Stockton, CA, which was known as “Mudville” prior to 1850, is equally fervent in asserting their claim as the setting for the poem.

Poet A.M. Juster has painstakingly researched the rich history of “Casey at the Bat” and he has written a comprehensive essay that answers all of your questions and more.  You will be particularly interested in the many connections to Boston baseball history.

If you only read one essay on poetry in 2017, please make it Mr. Juster’s fine feature and follow the link below:


A special thank you to Mr. Juster for contacting bostonbaseballhistory.com and to LIGHT, a journal of light verse since 1992.


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Herb Crehan is in his 22nd season as a Contributing Writer and he has written more than 125 feature articles for RED SOX MAGAZINE. He has authored three books on the Red Sox, including The Impossible Dream 1967 Red Sox: Birth of Red Sox Nation, which was released in November 2016, and contributed to five others. He speaks frequently in the Boston area on Red Sox history. He is the publisher of this website, which is dedicated to the preservation of Boston baseball history. Comments and suggestions for future articles may be submitted at his website www.bostonbaseballhistory.com

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