June 11, 2022

Some June Dates

On June 3, 1888, the poem “Casey at the Bat” by Ernest L. Thayer was first published, in the San Francisco Examiner. It came to sum up America’s growing love for baseball, with its drama of high hopes and crushing disappointments.

Oh, somewhere in this favoured land the sun is shining bright,

The band is playing somewhere, and somewhere hearts are light;

And somewhere men are laughing, and somewhere children shout,

But there is no joy in Mudville — mighty Casey has struck out.

Casey at the Bat Courtesy of the Preservation Society of Newport County

On June 24, forty-five minutes before sunrise we can see, by looking east,  a line up of five planets: Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter and Saturn.