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Pick your Poem
Casey at the Bat 27%  27%  [ 4 ]
Line-Up for Yesterday 0%  0%  [ 0 ]
Baseball's Sad Lexicon 7%  7%  [ 1 ]
365 33%  33%  [ 5 ]
WTF? 33%  33%  [ 5 ]
Total votes : 15
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 Post subject: Re: Baseball Poetry
PostPosted: February 9 19, 9:17 pm 
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The five people that voted WTF need an ass whupping

People who don't include a Leroy option for 'other' need the ban-hammer.


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 Post subject: Re: Baseball Poetry
PostPosted: February 9 19, 10:47 pm 
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Joe Shlabotnik wrote:
CardsofSTL wrote:
The five people that voted WTF need an ass whupping

People who don't include a Leroy option for 'other' need the ban-hammer.


Can't be part of the herd.


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 Post subject: Re: Baseball Poetry
PostPosted: February 11 19, 6:57 pm 
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A link to Yusef Komunyakaa's poem "Glory": https://s3.amazonaws.com/scschoolfiles/372/glory.pdf


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PostPosted: February 11 19, 6:59 pm 
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Martin Espada's "Rain Delay: Toledo Mud Hens, July 8, 1994": http://bourguignomicon.blogspot.com/2010/05/rain-delay-toledo-mud-hens-july-8-1994.html


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PostPosted: February 11 19, 7:27 pm 
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Here's a link to some baseball poems written by Ogden Nash that were published in Life magazine in its September 5, 1955 issue. You'll notice that there's a poem about Stan Musial, for instance: https://books.google.com/books?id=3FYEAAAAMBAJ&pg=PA85#v=onepage&q&f=false


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 Post subject: Re: Baseball Poetry
PostPosted: February 11 19, 7:33 pm 
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I might as well include other baseball references about poets, while I'm at it. Here's an article about the poet Donald Hall, who once tried out for the Pirates. https://www.irishtimes.com/sport/other-sports/donald-hall-was-a-far-better-wordsmith-than-second-baseman-1.3546066


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PostPosted: February 11 19, 7:44 pm 
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Here's a brief entry on James Weldon Johnson, a Renaissance man who was the first African American to pass the bar in Florida, was a diplomat in Latin America, novelist and poet, the Field Secretary who helped build the NAACP (he would later become the organizations first black executive secretary), author of the "Black National Anthem" ("Lift Every Voice and Sing"), and . . . the man who introduced the curve ball into the Negro Leagues: http://negroleaguesblog.blogspot.com/2006/01/james-weldon-johnson-honored-was-first.html


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 Post subject: Re: Baseball Poetry
PostPosted: February 11 19, 8:04 pm 
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Robert Francis

The Pitcher

His art is eccentricity, his aim
How not to hit the mark he seems to aim at,

His passion how to avoid the obvious,
His technique how to vary the avoidance.

The others throw to be comprehended. He
Throws to be a moment misunderstood.

Yet not too much. Not errant, arrant, wild,
But every seeming aberration willed.

Not to, yet still, still to communicate
Making the batter understand too late.


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 Post subject: Re: Baseball Poetry
PostPosted: February 11 19, 8:15 pm 
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Here's another poem by Ogden Nash, entitled "Line-up for Yesterday," published in Sport Magazine in January 1949: http://www.baseball-almanac.com/poetry/po_line.shtml


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PostPosted: February 12 19, 8:18 am 
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sighyoung wrote:
Here's another poem by Ogden Nash, entitled "Line-up for Yesterday," published in Sport Magazine in January 1949: http://www.baseball-almanac.com/poetry/po_line.shtml


That was option 2 in the poll and everyone hates it. :(


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