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May 3, 2020

It appeared on Page 4 of the San Francisco Examiner one day in 1888, and yet, somehow, "Casey at the Bat" survived to become one of the few 19th century American poems most Americans have even heard of. King Kaufman talks to official MLB historian John Thorn and others in search of the story behind the remarkable staying power of a poem about a baseball player who (spoiler alert) struck out, written by a writer who wanted nothing to do with it after it was published. Originally published Sept. 24, 2017.