Ernest Lawrence Thayer

A picture of the author Ernest Lawrence Thayer

Having written the most famous baseball poem of all time, Casey at the Bat, Ernest Lawrence Thayer (1863 - 1940) would have been a Red Sox fan, having grown up in Lawrence, Massachusetts. He came from a wealthy New England family; his father owned several woolen mills. So of course, he grew up to "spin some yarns" [sorry, reader] after attending Harvard. Then again, he might have been a San Francisco Giants fan after he went to work for classmate William Randolph Hearst at The San Francisco Examiner, writing ballads for the Sunday edition. He sure did hit a grand slam with his immortal baseball verses in 1888.

facebook share button twitter share button google plus share button tumblr share button reddit share button share by email button share on pinterest pinterest

Anton Chekhov
Nathaniel Hawthorne
Susan Glaspell
Mark Twain
Edgar Allan Poe
Mary E. Wilkins Freeman
Herman Melville
Stephen Leacock
Kate Chopin
Bjørnstjerne Bjørnson