Katie Casey Goes to the Ball Game (A Poem)

By Joyce Jacobo

[Author’s Note: It turns out the iconic baseball song, “Take me out to the Ball Game,” was originally part of a much longer tune–with an empowering message about a woman who cheers on the games at her local baseball stadium, during a time when women were mostly banned from attending them, apparently. The Smithsonian’s Sidedoor podcast series has a great episode on it, found here: https://postalmuseum.si.edu/exhibition/baseball-america%E2%80%99s-home-run-highlights/take-who-out-to-the-ball-game-sidedoor-podcast.]

In the annals of baseball fame

    exists someone who deserves acclaim

             for the bases she reached at long last

                         more than 100 years in the past…

Katie Casey loved ball games

    when women seen there were strange

                Katie became known for her confidence

                     as she encouraged others to never relent

          . . . she was the first to sing the root   

                                                                   root    

                                                                   root for the home team

                                       that has since gained such wide esteem

                       Nowadays              

                                             Katie could          

                                                                      play ball all day….

                         Nowadays                                             

                                                she could

                                                                       hit a homerun into space…

                         Nowadays

                                                crowds would

                                                                         shout “Hip-hip-hooray!”

                   Because Katie took herself                            to the ballgame

8 thoughts on “Katie Casey Goes to the Ball Game (A Poem)

    1. Aww, thank you for reading it. ^_^ I’m glad you enjoyed it, and I kind of hope that in some baseball stadium, somewhere, they’ve actually played the original song in tribute to Katie Casey. Hopefully.

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