"Casey at the Bat: A Ballad of the Republic Sung in the Year 1888" is a
baseball poem written in 1888 by Ernest Thayer. It was first published in
The San Francisco Examiner on June 3, 1888, it was later popularized
by DeWolf Hopper in many vaudeville performances.The poem was
originally published anonymously (under the pen name "Phin",
based on Thayer’s college nickname, "Phineas").
James Earl Jones