127 years ago today, June 3, 1888, the San Francisco Examiner first published the now famous baseball poem by Ernest Lawrence Thayer.
The poem has been printed, posted, acted, and recited more times than any baseball fan can count in 127 years.
I had a chance to pose with Mighty Casey outside Space Coast Stadium in Viera, Florida in March 2009.
Here in Jacksonville we're honored to have Peter Bragan Jr. , the owner of the Jacksonville Suns baseball team, who challenges local children in schools around the area to learn to recite the famous baseball poem.
"Pedro," as we all know him, goes around to schools and recites Casey at the Bat.
Happy Baseball Birthday! "Casey at the Bat."
"...there is no joy in Mudville today, mighty Casey has struck out."