Hard Cover. Chicago: A.C. McClurg and Co., 1912. First Edition. Fine.
Illustrated by Dan Sayre Groesbeck. First hardcover edition. Publisher's green paper boards, with an illustration of a bat wrapped in black ribbon to the front board, lettered in gold. Near fine, with only a touch of wear to the spine ends, otherwise an extremely bright and fine copy. Casey at the Bat is an iconic baseball poem that was first published in the San Francisco Daily Examiner on June 3, 1888, and popularized by comedic actor DeWolf Hopper later in the same year. Specifically, the poem describes the fictional "Mudville Nine" team and their star player, the "Mighty Casey." Notably, both Alfred H. Spink's The National Game (1910) and A.G. Spalding's America's National Game (1911), which Encyclopædia Britannica calls the first attempts at writing a standard history of baseball, cite Casey at the Bat as "the best baseball poem ever written."