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1-SEP, by JAY ROGOFF    Poem Source                
First Line: Like christmas; my gift's
Last Line: Glows, searching for %a trick
Subject(s): Baseball; Sports


1920, WHEN CARL MAYS BEANS RAY CHAPMAN, by RODNEY TORRESON    Poem Source                
Last Line: The stranger, not here, not now
Subject(s): Baseball; New York Yankees (baseball Team); Sports


1960, THE YEAR HOOK HANSEN OWNED THE CAFE, by RODNEY TORRESON    Poem Source                
Last Line: No phosphates %nothing from the grill
Subject(s): Baseball; New York Yankees (baseball Team); Sports


1973, BUZZING OVER YANKEE STADIUM, by RODNEY TORRESON    Poem Source                
Last Line: To rise above the plane's drone
Subject(s): Baseball; New York Yankees (baseball Team); Sports


4TH BASE, by GARY GILDNER    Poem Source                
First Line: Decked out in flannels and gripping my mitt
Last Line: Covered their eyes, and mumbled, and wouldn't look at me
Subject(s): Baseball; Sports


7TH GAME : 1960 SERIES, by PAUL BLACKBURN    Poem Text             Recitation     Poet's Biography
First Line: Nice day
Subject(s): Baseball


A BALLAD OF BASEBALL BURDENS, by FRANKLIN PIERCE ADAMS    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: The burden of hard hitting. Slug away
Alternate Author Name(s): F. P. A.
Subject(s): Baseball; Wit & Humor


A BASEBALL TEAM OF UNKNOWN NAVY PILOTS, PACIFIC THEATER, 1944, by WYATT PRUNTY    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: Assigned a week's good bunt, run, throw
Subject(s): Baseball; World War Ii; Aviation & Aviators; Second World War; Airplanes; Air Pilots


A FOOL THERE WAS, by WILLIAM A. PHELON    Poem Text                
First Line: A fool there was, and he made his prayer,
Last Line: (even as you and I!)
Subject(s): Baseball; Fools; Gambling; Sports; Idiots; Wagering; Betting


A POEM ABOUT BASEBALL, by DENIS JOHNSON    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: For years the scenes bustled
Last Line: And I might strike out
Subject(s): Baseball


A SUMMER SERMON FOR MEN, by OLIVER MARBLE    Poem Text                
First Line: I have fought a good fight,' the parson said, his weekly text declaring
Last Line: Felt of his muscle on the sly — and felt like god's anointed!
Subject(s): Baseball; Games; Play; Sermons; Sports; Recreation; Pastimes; Amusements


AESTHETICS, by JAY ROGOFF    Poem Source                
First Line: Invisible in her dark lectures %I'd see my prof's eyes
Last Line: When she'd say, 'god, that's a gorgeous slide'
Subject(s): Baseball; Sports


ALMOST NAMED HORACE, by JORDAN DAVIS                Recitation by Author     Poet's Biography
Subject(s): Names; New York Yankees (baseball Team); Birth; Child Birth; Midwifery


ALONE ON EARTH, by WILLIAM A. PHELON    Poem Text                
First Line: He turned up at the baseball park--
Last Line: And all alone on earth!
Subject(s): Baseball; Friendship; Solitude; Sports; Loneliness


AMERICA WITHOUT BASEBALL, by PHILIP DACEY    Poem Source                
First Line: When baseball died
Last Line: And felt for the first time %released into free agency
Subject(s): Baseball; Sports; United States


AMERICANS PLAYING SLOW-PITCH SOFTBALL AT AN AIRBASE ..., by HALVARD JOHNSON    Poem Source                
First Line: Early september %the first game of
Last Line: Don't look back. Something may be %gaining on you.'
Subject(s): Army Life; Baseball; Korean War, 1950-1953; Sports


ANALYSIS OF BASEBALL, by MAY SWENSON    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
Subject(s): Baseball


ANALYSIS OF BASEBALL, by MAY SWENSON    Poem Source                 Poet's Biography
First Line: It's about %the ball
Last Line: Home, and it's %about run
Subject(s): Baseball; Sports


AND THE RIVER GATHERED AROUND US, by DON ALLEN JOHNSON    Poem Source                
First Line: After they wheeled away the town
Subject(s): Baseball; Sports


ANDY STANKIEWICZ, YANKEE ROOKIE, by RODNEY TORRESON    Poem Source                
First Line: Hooray for the bright neon swing
Last Line: Making a comeback for andy stankiewicz
Subject(s): Baseball; New York Yankees (baseball Team); Sports


ARCHIVES; COOPERSTOWN, N.Y., by MICHAEL S. HARPER    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: Photos and clippings fade; / no one can find a real signature
Subject(s): Baseball; Sports


ARCHIVES; COOPERSTOWN, N.Y., by MICHAEL S. HARPER    Poem Source                 Poet's Biography
First Line: Photos and clippings fade; %no one can find a real signature
Last Line: But endorsements, turnstyles. %'let's play two'
Subject(s): Baseball; Sports


ART OF BASEBALL POETRY, by MIKE SHANNON    Poem Source                
First Line: A baseball poem should be high and tight
Last Line: Calisthenics in the arizona sun and a bird dog in the bushes. %a baseball poem should be %poetry
Subject(s): Baseball; Sports


ASSIMILATION, by HARVEY SHAPIRO    Poem Source                 Poet's Biography
First Line: Carl hubbell, a pitcher for the giants
Last Line: It has nothing to do with shined shoes %and slicked-down hair
Subject(s): Baseball; Sports


AT PENN STATION THE TEAM BOARDS THE YANKEE SPECIAL, by RODNEY TORRESON    Poem Source                
Last Line: At the mercy of the stars
Subject(s): Baseball; New York Yankees (baseball Team); Sports


AT THE BALL GAME, by WILLIAM CARLOS WILLIAMS    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: The crowd at the ball game
Subject(s): Baseball; Crowds


AT THE BALL GAME, by WILLIAM CARLOS WILLIAMS    Poem Source                 Poet's Biography
First Line: The crowd at the ball game
Last Line: Permanently, seriously %without thought
Subject(s): Baseball; Sports


ATHLETE, by JAMES HUMPHREY    Poem Source                
First Line: Since I was 8, all I wanted in life
Last Line: A lost tribe, confined to isolate areas %speaking entirely to itself
Subject(s): Baseball; Sports


BACK AGAIN, by WILLIAM A. PHELON    Poem Text                
First Line: The scribe returns from training camp,
Last Line: "comes that one chant, ""how do they look?"
Subject(s): Athletes; Baseball; Sports


BALL GAME, by RICHARD GHORMLEY EBERHART    Poem Source                 Poet's Biography
First Line: Caught off first, he leaped to run to second, but
Subject(s): Baseball; Sports


BALLAD OF DEAD YANKEES, by DONALD PETERSEN    Poem Source                
First Line: Where's babe ruth, the king of swat
Last Line: For all of these, the early dead, %who've gone where no ovations are
Subject(s): Baseball; Sports


BASE STEALER, by ROBERT FRANCIS    Poem Source                 Poet's Biography
First Line: Poised between going on and back, pulled
Last Line: He's only flirting, crowd him, crowd him %delicate, delicate, delicate, delicate - now!
Subject(s): Baseball; Sports


BASEBALL, by THOMAS WILLARD CLARK    Poem Source                
First Line: One day when I was studying with stan musial, he pointed out
Last Line: That is, one may choose the kind of pitch one wants. There %is no ball
Alternate Author Name(s): Clark, Tom
Subject(s): Baseball; Sports


BASEBALL, by DAVE ETTER    Poem Source                
First Line: We stand for 'the star-spangled banner.' the home-plate umpire
Last Line: Third-base foul line
Subject(s): Baseball; Flags - United States; Sports


BASEBALL, by ROBERT GIBB    Poem Source                
First Line: Vivaldi would have loved it
Last Line: Violin and violin echo, %across the outside of the plate
Subject(s): Baseball; Sports


BASEBALL, by PAUL HOOVER    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: When the world finally ends
Subject(s): Baseball; Sports


BASEBALL, by PAUL HOOVER    Poem Source                 Poet's Biography
First Line: When the world finally ends
Last Line: Love's green mounument still, %at two in the afternoon
Subject(s): Baseball; Sports


BASEBALL, by GAIL MAZUR    Poem Source                 Poet's Biography
First Line: The game of baseball is not a metaphor
Subject(s): Baseball; Sports


BASEBALL, by WYATT PRUNTY    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: About the time I got my first baseman's mitt
Subject(s): Baseball; Wit & Humor; Dean, Dizzy (1910-1974); Kisses


BASEBALL, by JOHN UPDIKE    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: It looks easy from a distance,
Subject(s): Baseball


BASEBALL AND CLASSICISM, by THOMAS WILLARD CLARK    Poem Source                
First Line: Every day I peruse the box scores for hours
Last Line: The day she went 5 for 5 against vic raschi
Alternate Author Name(s): Clark, Tom
Subject(s): Baseball; Sports


BASEBALL AS A FACT OF LIFE, by CHARLES LAURENCE NORTH    Poem Source                
First Line: A simulated pie crust of poured concrete, with pitchfork marks
Last Line: #name?
Subject(s): Baseball; Sports


BASEBALL BY THE OLD, by ANONYMOUS    Poem Text                
First Line: "this is the time of the year, my boys"
Last Line: The gray - head who would play baseball!
Subject(s): Baseball;games;play;spectator (periodical);sports; Recreation;pastimes;amusements


BASEBALL CANTO, by LAWRENCE FERLINGHETTI    Poem Text             Recitation by Author     Poet's Biography
First Line: Watching baseball
Subject(s): Baseball; Sports


BASEBALL CANTO, by LAWRENCE FERLINGHETTI    Poem Source                 Poet's Biography
First Line: Watching baseball
Last Line: In the territorio libre of baseball
Subject(s): Baseball; Sports


BASEBALL CARDS, by DAN QUISENBERRY    Poem Source                
First Line: That first baseball card I saw myself
Last Line: I say %I was
Subject(s): Baseball; Baseball Cards; Sports


BASEBALL PLAYERS, by DONALD HALL    Poem Source                 Poet's Biography
First Line: Against the bright
Last Line: Waits %under the footbridge
Subject(s): Baseball; Sports


BASEBALL PLAYERS WAIT, by BOBBY BYRD    Poem Source                
First Line: In the dudley dome
Subject(s): Baseball; Sports


BASEBALL'S SAD LEXICON, by FRANKLIN PIERCE ADAMS    Poem Source                 Poet's Biography
First Line: These are the saddest of possible words
Alternate Author Name(s): F. P. A.
Subject(s): Baseball; Sports


BASEBALL: DIVING COMEDY, by ROBERT A. FINK    Poem Source                
First Line: You count on it [baseball]
Last Line: He charts, with glee, %the multifoliate levels of the wind
Subject(s): Baseball; Sports


BASEBALL: THE SEVENTH INNING: 1, by DONALD HALL    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: Baseball, I warrant, is not the whole
Subject(s): Baseball; Sports


BASEBALL: THE SEVENTH INNING: 1, by DONALD HALL    Poem Source                 Poet's Biography
First Line: Baseball, I warrant, is not the whole
Last Line: Her cheekbones cool water; water flows %in her rapid hair. I drink water
Subject(s): Baseball; Sports


BASEBALL: THE SEVENTH INNING: 7, by DONALD HALL    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: Quickly exhaust this night of farewell
Subject(s): Baseball; Sports


BASEBALL: THE SEVENTH INNING: 7, by DONALD HALL    Poem Source                 Poet's Biography
First Line: Quickly exhaust this night of farewell
Last Line: To add two teams. Therefore minor league %playerrs will advance all too quickly
Subject(s): Baseball; Sports


BASEBALL: THE SEVENTH INNING: 8, by DONALD HALL    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: With boys in the bigs who wouldn't have
Subject(s): Baseball; Sports


BASEBALL: THE SEVENTH INNING: 8, by DONALD HALL    Poem Source                 Poet's Biography
First Line: With boys in the bigs who wouldn't have
Last Line: Kurt, I get the notion that you were %another who never discarded
Subject(s): Baseball; Sports


BASEBALL: THE SEVENTH INNING: 9, by DONALD HALL    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: Anything, a keeper from way back
Subject(s): Baseball; Sports


BASEBALL: THE SEVENTH INNING: 9, by DONALD HALL    Poem Source                 Poet's Biography
First Line: Anything, a keeper from way back
Last Line: A collage. Ongoing life became %material for kurtschwitters ball
Subject(s): Baseball; Sports


BASEBALL?«÷S SAD LEXICON, by FRANKLIN PIERCE ADAMS    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: Hese are the saddest of possible words
Alternate Author Name(s): F. P. A.
Subject(s): Baseball; Wit & Humor


BEAN TOWN SAGAS: 14. IN COLD FIELDS, by THOMAS SHEEHAN    Poem Source                
First Line: They left us then
Last Line: We long ball hitters
Subject(s): Baseball; Sports


BECAUSE DUST DELIVERS EACH DROP OF RAIN, by RODNEY TORRESON    Poem Source                
First Line: Billy knows %there's a point in ricky's steal
Last Line: Cold headfirst slide
Subject(s): Baseball; New York Yankees (baseball Team); Sports


BIG SIX, by THOM ROSS    Poem Source                
First Line: Christy mathewson stepped out of the centerfield clubhouse
Subject(s): Baseball; Sports


BILLY MARTIN, by RODNEY TORRESON    Poem Source                
First Line: Haggard but anchored by a scowl
Last Line: To cover up %the places you've been
Subject(s): Baseball; New York Yankees (baseball Team); Sports


BOMB, by DAN QUISENBERRY    Poem Source                
First Line: Time slows %one frame at a time
Last Line: Cleated black nike paws dirt %like a bull's challenge
Subject(s): Baseball; Sports


BOTTOM OF THE NINTH, by PATTY SEYBURN    Poem Source                
First Line: Stan drove a fly ball to deep centerfield
Last Line: To see the ball committing its inexorable arc
Subject(s): Baseball; Sports


BOY IS KNOCKING, by RODNEY TORRESON    Poem Source                
Last Line: Of babe's black, shiny hair
Subject(s): Baseball; New York Yankees (baseball Team); Sports


BREAKFAST OF CHAMPIONS, by DAN QUISENBERRY    Poem Source                
First Line: Sat down with the old-timers
Last Line: And ordered some more decaf %told no stories
Subject(s): Baseball; Sports


BRIGGS STADIUM, by LAWRENCE PIKE    Poem Source                
First Line: While hank greenberg was out fighting japs
Subject(s): Baseball; Sports


BUDDHISTS HAVE THE BALL FIELD, by JAMES TATE    Poem Source                 Poet's Biography
Last Line: Begins. It would have been called anyway, they %think suddenly
Subject(s): Baseball; Sports


BYRON VS. DIMAGGIO, by PETER MEINKE    Poem Source                 Poet's Biography
First Line: Yesterday I was told
Last Line: Have to admit that dimag played %sweet music %out there in the magic grass %of center field
Subject(s): Baseball; Byron, George Gordon, Lord (1788-1824); Dimaggio, Joseph ("joe"); Poetry And Poets; Sports


CALLED SHOT HOME RUN, by RODNEY TORRESON    Poem Source                
First Line: The cubs leading by a sneer
Last Line: Breathing forever and ever %into box scores
Subject(s): Baseball; New York Yankees (baseball Team); Sports


CALLING, by JUDY KATZ-LEVINE    Poem Source                
First Line: Falling asleep in the aftenoon
Subject(s): Baseball; Sports


CAREER, by DAN QUISENBERRY    Poem Source                
First Line: It seems like yesterday %it seems like never
Last Line: It seems like yesterday %it seems like never
Subject(s): Baseball; Sports


CASEY - TWENTY YEARS LATER, by S. P. MCDONALD    Poem Text                
First Line: The bugville team was surely up against a rocky game
Last Line: "I'm mighty casey who struck out just twenty years ago."
Subject(s): Baseball; Sports


CASEY AT THE BAT (1), by ERNEST LAWRENCE THAYER    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: It looked extremely rocky for the mudville nine that day
Last Line: But there is no joy in mudville -- mighty casey has struck out.
Subject(s): Baseball; Sports


CASEY AT THE BAT (2), by ERNEST LAWRENCE THAYER    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: The outlook wasn't brilliant for the mudville nine that day
Last Line: But there is no joy in mudville -- mighty casey has struck out.
Subject(s): Baseball; Sports


CASEY'S REVENGE; A REPLY TO 'CASEY AT THE BAT', by JAMES WILSON (19TH CENTURY)    Poem Text                
First Line: There were saddened hearts in mudville
Last Line: But mudville hearts are happy now -- for casey hit the ball!
Subject(s): Baseball; Sports


CATCHER AND SON AT GROSSINGER HOTEL AND COUNTRY CLUB, by RODNEY TORRESON    Poem Source                
First Line: The flurries against the hotel
Last Line: His catcher's mitt
Subject(s): Baseball; New York Yankees (baseball Team); Sports


CENTER FIELD, by RICHARD JACKSON    Poem Source                 Poet's Biography
First Line: I don't think it will ever come down
Last Line: To turn towards home as the night falls, as the ball, %as the loves, the deaths we grab for our own
Subject(s): Baseball; Sports


CLASS OF '80, by JAY ROGOFF    Poem Source                
First Line: Don't have to read the alumni news to know
Last Line: The goddamn alumni news %takes note
Subject(s): Baseball; Sports


COBB WOULD HAVE CAUGHT IT, by ROBERT STUART FITZGERALD    Poem Source                 Poet's Biography
First Line: In sunburnt parks where sundays lie
Last Line: Cool reek of the field. Reek of companions
Subject(s): Baseball; Cobb, Ty (1886-1961); Sports


COBB'S MEMORIES, by WILLIAM A. PHELON    Poem Text                
First Line: A few more weeks, and tyrus cobb will be
Last Line: Supreme—awhile—then dropped beside the road?
Subject(s): Athletes; Baseball; Cobb, Ty (1886-1961); Middle Age; Sports


COEFFICIENTS OF EXPANSION (A GUIDE TO THE INFANT SEASON), by OGDEN NASH    Poem Source                 Poet's Biography
First Line: What happened in the hot stove league last winter?
Last Line: Not intended .. To express for aforementioned expansion said lifelong fan's enthusiasm, approval, or
Subject(s): Baseball; Sports


COLONEL TIL, by WILLIAM A. PHELON    Poem Text                
First Line: We have seen scores of magnates come
Last Line: Colonel til!
Subject(s): Baseball; Farewell; Praise; Sports; Sportsmanship; War; Parting


COMPARATIVE THEOLOGY, by LARRY MOFFI    Poem Source                
First Line: He is a lesson in theology
Subject(s): Baseball; Sports


CONNOISSEUR'S GUIDE TO THE BAY AREA: 9. TRAFFIC HEAVY AND VERY SLOW, by GILBERT SORRENTINO    Poem Source                
First Line: The stars are being pitched into
Last Line: Of vast machines always alert
Subject(s): Automobile Drivers; Baseball; Games; Sports; Traffic


COUPLET, by DONALD HALL    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: When the tall puffy
Variant Title(s): Old Timers' Day
Subject(s): Aging; Baseball; Sports


COUPLET, by DONALD HALL    Poem Source                 Poet's Biography
First Line: When the tall puffy
Last Line: Among shades the shadow %of achilles
Variant Title(s): Old Timers' Da
Subject(s): Aging; Baseball; Sports


COVERING FIRST, by DAN QUISENBERRY    Poem Source                
First Line: After you've thrown your pitch
Last Line: And throw the ball further outside %next time
Subject(s): Baseball; Sports


CURT FLOOD, by TIM PEELER    Poem Source                
First Line: Try to tell 'em curt
Last Line: Your smokey gray eyes %are two extra zeroes %on every contract
Subject(s): Baseball; Sports


DA GREATA BASEBALL, by THOMAS AUGUSTINE DALY    Poem Source                
First Line: Oh! Great game ees baseball
Alternate Author Name(s): Daly, T. A.
Subject(s): Baseball; Sports


DAY AT THE PARK, by DAN QUISENBERRY    Poem Source                
First Line: Good to see you again %you are right
Last Line: Full %of the mind of god
Subject(s): Baseball; Nostalgia; Sports


DAY I MEET BILLY MARTIN, by RODNEY TORRESON    Poem Source                
First Line: In an aisle this colorman tries
Last Line: As his black hair slicks back %toward his yankee world
Subject(s): Baseball; New York Yankees (baseball Team); Sports


DAYS OF SUCCESS, by WILLIAM A. PHELON    Poem Text                
First Line: The sun shines with a brighter beam,
Last Line: "the club ""is going good!"
Subject(s): Baseball; Happiness; Sports; Success; Joy; Delight


DEATH OF RAY CHAPMAN; HE WAS THE BEST FRIEND I HAD - TRIS SPEAKER, by DAVID CITINO    Poem Source                 Poet's Biography
First Line: Carl mays had hit five batters
Last Line: That fall chicago went to hell in dark socks %and cleveland ruled the world
Subject(s): Baseball; Sports


DELIVERY, by JAY ROGOFF    Poem Source                
First Line: Oriole is whistling, blue jay brays
Last Line: Choiring with a manager's lungs
Subject(s): Baseball; Sports


DEREK JETER, by ROBERT MYLES HERSHON    Poem Source                
First Line: From under the stands, looking out at the brilliant green
Last Line: Williams-dimaggio, a touch of clemens and wells %and on to jeter jr. For ken griffey iii
Subject(s): Baseball; Jeter, Derek; Sports


DON LARSEN'S PERFECT GAME, by PAUL GOODMAN    Poem Source                
First Line: Everybody went to bat three times
Subject(s): Baseball; Larsen, Don; Sports


DON LARSEN'S PERFECT WORLD SERIES GAME, by RODNEY TORRESON    Poem Source                
First Line: Despite the fall, eden buzzed
Subject(s): Baseball; Larsen, Don; New York Yankees (baseball Team); Sports


DOUBLE PLAY, by DAN QUISENBERRY    Poem Source                
First Line: I come into a one out, one on jam
Last Line: I panicked in the right direction %is what I think
Subject(s): Baseball; Sports


DOUBLE PLAY, by ROBERT WALLACE    Poem Source                
First Line: In his sea-lit
Last Line: (the pitcher walks), casual %in the space where the poem has happened
Subject(s): Baseball; Sports


DREAM OF A BASEBALL STAR, by GREGORY NUNZIO CORSO    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: I dreamed ted williams
Alternate Author Name(s): Corso, Gregory
Subject(s): Baseball; Sports; Williams, Theodore (ted)


DREAM OF A BASEBALL STAR, by GREGORY NUNZIO CORSO    Poem Source                 Poet's Biography
First Line: I dreamed ted williams
Last Line: Hosannah the home run! D sun
Alternate Author Name(s): Corso, Gregory
Subject(s): Baseball; Sports; Williams, Theodore (ted)


DREAMS SHOULD NOT DOG GREAT CENTERFIELDERS, by RODNEY TORRESON    Poem Source                
First Line: Who come in from the pasture
Subject(s): Baseball; New York Yankees (baseball Team); Sports


DRINKING ALONE, by KENT FIELDING    Poem Text                
First Line: These were the first years of an old life
Subject(s): Alcoholism & Alcoholics; Baseball; Sports; Drunkards; Alcohol Abuse


ELEGY FOR RICHARD HUGO FROM GAINESVILLE, by RICK CAMPBELL    Poem Source                
First Line: I will not say there is anything good in this
Last Line: Leap high and backhand one going over. %for you friend, for you
Variant Title(s): Well Don
Subject(s): Baseball; Pennsylvania; Sports; Travel


ENDING THE ONE-GAME CATACLYSM, by RODNEY TORRESON    Poem Source                
First Line: Yastrzemski pops to nettles at third
Last Line: That runs deep into the heart of all things
Subject(s): Baseball; New York Yankees (baseball Team); Sports


ENOS SLAUGHTER, by JIM LAVELLA HAVELIN    Poem Source                
First Line: My friend's father, I love this story
Subject(s): Baseball; Slaughter, Enos (1916-2002); Sports


ENTERING THE LOST COUNTRY OF DAVE WINFIELD, by RODNEY TORRESON    Poem Source                
First Line: The sun, oppresive %as a rest stop view
Last Line: It could eat a leaf
Subject(s): Baseball; New York Yankees (baseball Team); Sports


EVERYTHING BUT EVERYTHING, by JAY ROGOFF    Poem Source                
First Line: When elizabeth at last accepts darcy
Last Line: We watch the coastline and assume we know %everything but [or, about] everything
Subject(s): Baseball; Sports


EXTRA INNINGS, by WILLIAM A. PHELON    Poem Text                
First Line: Oh father, dear father, come home with me
Last Line: Ere she bounces an iron off your brow!
Subject(s): Baseball; Fathers; Sports


EXTRA INNINGS, by JAY ROGOFF    Poem Source                
First Line: Playing since two, I look up
Last Line: Diving for a liner in the top of the hundred %thousandth, spearing it to keep us tied
Subject(s): Baseball; Sports


EXTRA INNINGS, by ARTHUR SMITH    Poem Source                
First Line: Back then the ballpark grass was so overgrown
Subject(s): Baseball; Sports


EXTRA INNINGS: THE TWELFTH INNING: 1., by DONALD HALL    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: Before lights, kurt, baseball games were sometimes delayed
Subject(s): Baseball; Sports


EXTRA INNINGS: THE TWELFTH INNING: 1., by DONALD HALL    Poem Source                 Poet's Biography
First Line: Before lights, kurt, baseball games were sometimes delayed
Last Line: The dogers beat the yankees in the world series %for the first time, as johnny podres won three game
Subject(s): Baseball; Sports


FALL, by JAY ROGOFF    Poem Source                
First Line: Across the infield grass
Last Line: We all need a home. Free agency. %choose
Subject(s): Baseball; Sports


FANS VERSUS ED WHISTON, by RODNEY TORRESON    Poem Source                
First Line: Their world in his hand
Last Line: Their children, any great blind face
Subject(s): Baseball; New York Yankees (baseball Team); Sports


FLY BALL, by CAROL MASTERS    Poem Source                
First Line: A fly ball
Subject(s): Baseball; Sports


FOR JOHN, WHO DID NOT CHOOSE BASEBALL, by JR. ORVAL A. LUND    Poem Source                
First Line: Because I loved the bone-white hardness of the ball
Last Line: I smile and open my hands to you
Subject(s): Baseball; Boys; Sports; Sports - Arenas And Stadia; Teenagers


FOR WILLIE STILL IN CENTER, by DAVE SMITH    Poem Source                 Poet's Biography
First Line: The walls of southern pine or northern brick
Last Line: Their children are not on their toes, whose cleats %dig in like bombs, whose eyes are something to s
Subject(s): Baseball; Sports


FROM ALTITUDE, THE DIAMONDS, by RICHARD HUGO    Poem Source                 Poet's Biography
First Line: You can always spot them, even from high up
Last Line: He has loved forever, on his magnificent tiny way %to an easy stand-up three
Subject(s): Baseball; Sports


FULL COUNT, by DABNEY STUART    Poem Source                
First Line: The umpire's blind %and the pitcher's throwing tin cups
Last Line: Wheneve the end comes-- %we will still be here, settled %into the voice of our calling
Subject(s): Baseball; Sports


FUTURE, by JAY ROGOFF    Poem Source                
First Line: Remember that mountain? %at season's end we chose one known
Last Line: Hand in hand, shades wed, %rehearsing for the journeying ahead
Subject(s): Baseball; Sports


GAME, by JOHN OLIVER SIMON    Poem Source                
First Line: Indise my heart the page of pentacles
Subject(s): Baseball; Sports


GHOSTS OF STEELTOWN, by PETER F. VAIRA    Poem Source                
First Line: At night mr. Frick and mr. Carnegie walk their mill in swallow tail coats
Last Line: Stand quiet men, %who talk of baseball scores
Subject(s): Baseball; Sports


GIL MCDOUGALD, YANKEE INFIELDER, by RODNEY TORRESON    Poem Source                
First Line: Your luck too, religious boy
Last Line: Strange offerings %to the lord
Subject(s): Baseball; New York Yankees (baseball Team); Sports


GILIAD, by PHIL RIZZUTO    Poem Source                
First Line: I was with gil mcdougald the other day
Last Line: I said, thanks gil
Subject(s): Baseball; Sports


GIVE ME A GIRL, by WILLIAM A. PHELON    Poem Text                
First Line: Give me a girl who understands the game
Last Line: "give me a girl—who understands the game!"
Subject(s): Baseball; Ignorance; Sports; Women; Dullness; Stupdity


GIVE PRAISE FOR BASES, by RODNEY TORRESON    Poem Source                
Last Line: As he crosses home plate
Subject(s): Baseball; New York Yankees (baseball Team); Sports


GOING TO THE BALLGAME, by CHARLES B. WHEELER    Poem Source                
First Line: Peenuts, pop-corn, crackerjax!
Last Line: Over the sink, said to me %'well, what are you going to do today?'
Subject(s): Baseball; Sports


GOOD TRAINING FOR POETRY, by JACK ROGERS RIDL    Poem Source                
First Line: Thanks,' my father said, and slapped
Last Line: On the bench, a daughter %dashing home from first, %a father dropping out of sight
Subject(s): Baseball; Sports


GREATEST OF WEAPONS, by WILLIAM A. PHELON    Poem Text                
First Line: The jawbone samson swung was great--it served its purpose well
Last Line: As that large bat, the monster bat, the warclub of babe ruth!
Subject(s): Arms & Armor; Baseball; Sports


GREEN DIAMONDS OF SUMMER, by JOE BOLTON    Poem Source                
First Line: What I love in this isn't what you might think
Last Line: And then I make dale throw me one more pitch, which I usually miss
Subject(s): Baseball; Family Life; Sports


HALL OF FAME, by BRUCE GUERNSEY    Poem Source                
First Line: So mantle made it, pop
Subject(s): Baseball; Mantle, Mickey (1931-1995); Sports


HAMLET AGAIN, by BARRY SILESKY    Poem Source                
First Line: Tis bitter cold and I am sick at heart
Last Line: Country they say crazy horse's nostril is the size of a house as he grows %over the plains
Subject(s): Baseball; Sports


HARDBALL, by RANDY BLASING    Poem Source                 Poet's Biography
First Line: After barrel-chested earl torgeson
Last Line: Freed me to play the game I'd choose
Subject(s): Baseball; Sports


HARPER TO MIFFLIN TO CHANCE, by ELWYN BROOKS WHITE    Poem Source                 Poet's Biography
First Line: Come harper, come schuster, come appleton all
Last Line: They'll kiss you goodbye for the first pretty royalty. %comeon, pater
Alternate Author Name(s): White, E. B.
Subject(s): Baseball; Publishing; Sports


HARVEST MOONRISE, by JAY ROGOFF    Poem Source                
First Line: The moon rose out of a cloud in centerfield, gold
Last Line: Moon climbing against the quickening %dark
Subject(s): Baseball; Sports


HITS AND RUNS, by CARL SANDBURG    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: I remember the chillicothe ball players grappling the rock
Last Line: And the umpire's throat fought in the dust for a song.
Subject(s): Baseball; Sports


HITTERS, by CHARLES LAURENCE NORTH    Poem Source                
First Line: Williams ss
Last Line: Cobb p
Subject(s): Baseball; Sports


HITTING AGAINST MIKE CUTLER, by JONATHAN HOLDEN    Poem Source                 Poet's Biography
First Line: One down. I step into the narrow
Last Line: The hornet hisses, vanishes with a bang. Stee-rike! %the catcher grins. Good chuck, good chuck, he c
Subject(s): Baseball; Sports


HITTING THE CUTOFF, by JAY ROGOFF    Poem Source                
First Line: Into the corner after an extra-base
Last Line: As angels fly: %a straight line
Subject(s): Baseball; Sports


HOME GAME, by DON ALLEN JOHNSON    Poem Source                
First Line: Heat lightning silhouettes the hills
Last Line: His silver adirondack %stuck into the storm, daring the lightning down
Subject(s): Baseball; Sports


HOMETOWN, by STUART JOHN DYBEK    Poem Source                
First Line: Not everyone still has a place from where they've come, so you try to de
Last Line: Look at him
Subject(s): Baseball; Games; Sports


HOMETOWN PIECE FOR MESSRS. ALSTON AND REESE, by MARIANNE MOORE    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: Millennium,' yes; 'pandemonium!' / roy campanella leaps high. Dodgerdom
Subject(s): Baseball; Brooklyn Dodgers (baseball Team); Sports


HOMETOWN PIECE FOR MESSRS. ALSTON AND REESE, by MARIANNE MOORE    Poem Source                 Poet's Biography
First Line: Millennium,' yes; 'pandemonium!' %roy campanella leaps high. Dodgerdom
Last Line: Watching everything you do. You won last year. Come on
Subject(s): Baseball; Brooklyn Dodgers (baseball Team); Sports


HOW I LEARNED ENGLISH, by GREGORY DJANIKIAN    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: It was in an empty lot
Subject(s): Baseball; Ethnic Groups - United States; Minorities - United States; Sports; United States - Race Relations


HOW I LEARNED ENGLISH, by GREGORY DJANIKIAN    Poem Source                 Poet's Biography
First Line: It was in an empty lot
Last Line: Hum baby' sweetly on my lips
Subject(s): Baseball; Ethnic Groups - United States; Minorities - United States; Sports; U.s. - Race Relations


HOW TO PLAY NIGHT BASEBALL, by JONATHAN HOLDEN    Poem Source                 Poet's Biography
First Line: A pasture is best, freshly
Last Line: And routine grounders get lost in %the sweet grass for extra bases
Subject(s): Baseball; Sports


HUMMER, by WILLIAM MATTHEWS    Poem Source                 Poet's Biography
First Line: First he drew a strike zone
Last Line: As if he'd tried to hold it %back, but it escaped. Thwap
Alternate Author Name(s): Matthews, William Procter
Subject(s): Baseball; Sports


IDEA OF FLORIDA DURING A WINTER THAW, by GAIL MAZUR    Poem Source                 Poet's Biography
First Line: Late february and the air's so balmy
Last Line: She stretches a hand toward the toothy sleeper %then takes a step back, to be safe as she reaches
Subject(s): Baseball; Sports


IF A BASEBALL PLAYER DOES HIS JOB CORRECTLY 30 PERCENT OF THE TIME ..., by BOB KING    Poem Source                
First Line: I once heard the best place to sit
Last Line: Like children who need their parents to believe for them
Subject(s): Baseball; Motion Pictures; Sports


IF A.E. HOUSMAN HAD TRIED TO HIT BIG LEAGUE PITCHING, by GENE FEHLER    Poem Source                
First Line: When I was one-and-twenty
Subject(s): Baseball; Sports


IN ANSON'S TIME, by WILLIAM A. PHELON    Poem Text                
First Line: They may have been crude men, and sadly dense,
Last Line: In anson's time.
Subject(s): Anson, Adrian (cap) (1852-1922); Baseball; Honesty; Ignorance; Sports; Dullness; Stupdity


IN CASE YOU THOUGHT THEY PLAYED FOR MONEY, by ROBERT A. FINK    Poem Source                
First Line: Next saturday catch baseball's game of the week
Last Line: An apple pie is cooking on the sill, %she's set an extra plate for dinner
Subject(s): Baseball; Sports


IN MY MEANEST DAYDREAM, by GARY GILDNER    Poem Source                
First Line: I am throwing hard again
Subject(s): Baseball; Sports


IN PERFECT HARMONY, by WILLIAM A. PHELON    Poem Text                
First Line: The pitcher knows that he could play the field
Last Line: And fairly aches to run that baseball club!
Subject(s): Athletes; Baseball; Leadership; Sports


IN THE BOX, by JAY ROGOFF    Poem Source                
First Line: A baseball knows %its calculus
Last Line: Invisible %and always in the way
Subject(s): Baseball; Sports


IN THE MIDST OF A LONG BASEBALL STRIKE, G. MCDOUGALD'S DEAFNESS IS LIF, by RODNEY TORRESON    Poem Source                
First Line: After twenty years his hearing paints
Last Line: In the body of the first man
Subject(s): Baseball; New York Yankees (baseball Team); Sports


IN THE SERIES' SIXTH GAME, REGGIE COURTS THE MOON, by RODNEY TORRESON    Poem Source                
First Line: Across his chest %reggie felt a ripening of pinstripes
Last Line: By self-induced lighting %in a nearby grove
Subject(s): Baseball; New York Yankees (baseball Team); Sports


INDEPENDENCE, by JAY ROGOFF    Poem Source                
First Line: Without %america's %invention there's no baseball, no paychecks
Last Line: As if I could catch cancer, %jerked away
Subject(s): Baseball; Sports


INROAD, by DAVID RIVARD    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: The radiance that is always around us is incited
Subject(s): Baseball


INSIDE (9), by ARNOLD ADOFF    Poem Source                
First Line: I am standing at home plate watching that fast ball
Last Line: Strike three %three %out
Subject(s): Baseball; Sports


INSTRUCTION, by CONRAD HILLBERRY    Poem Source                
First Line: The coach has taught; her how to swing
Last Line: Her fist into her cathcer's mitt, %and stare incredulously at the ump
Subject(s): Baseball; Sports


JACK CHESBRO, by WILLIAM A. PHELON    Poem Text                
First Line: Jack chesbro, good old hurler, you were a
Last Line: It's hard to say it, jack, old friend, but you will get the hook!
Subject(s): Aging; Athletes; Baseball; Chesbro, Jack (1874-1931); Sports


JACKIE ROBINSON, by LUCILLE CLIFTON    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: Ran against walls / without breaking
Last Line: Entered the conquering dark
Subject(s): Baseball; Robinson, Jackie (1919-1972); Sports


JACKIE ROBINSON, by LUCILLE CLIFTON    Poem Source                 Poet's Biography
First Line: Ran against walls %without breaking
Last Line: Over whitestone fences, %entered the conquering dark
Subject(s): Baseball; Robinson, Jackie (1919-1972); Sports


JACKIE ROBINSON, by SAM CORNISH    Poem Source                
First Line: The uniform and ball
Last Line: And jackie robinson negro
Subject(s): Baseball; Robinson, Jackie (1919-1972); Sports


JAKE DAUBERT, by WILLIAM A. PHELON    Poem Text                
First Line: No finer player ever flashed the spikes
Last Line: And waved him outward through the unknown gate!
Subject(s): Athletes; Baseball; Daubert, Jake (1884-1924); Death; Sports; Dead, The


JIM BOUTON: UNWRITING, by RODNEY TORRESON    Poem Source                
First Line: The gall it took %to drill that peephole you called ball four
Last Line: Are again model prisoners
Subject(s): Baseball; New York Yankees (baseball Team); Sports


JIMMY ALLEN AT THE LIBRARY OF CONGRESS, by PAUL MARION    Poem Source                
First Line: The folklore researchers, all ph.D.'s
Last Line: Throwing a strike for american folklife
Subject(s): Baseball; Scholarship And Scholars; Sports


JINX, by JONATHAN HOLDEN    Poem Source                 Poet's Biography
First Line: After the fifth inning
Last Line: By accident %almost
Subject(s): Baseball; Sports; Superstition


JOE DIMAGGIO NEVER SWINGS A BAT AT OLD TIMERS' GAMES, by RODNEY TORRESON    Poem Source                
Last Line: Staring back from the scoreboard
Subject(s): Baseball; Dimaggio, Joseph ("joe"); New York Yankees (baseball Team); Sports


JOE PASS GUITAR SOLO, by ROBERT ALEXANDER    Poem Source                
First Line: I've fallen asleep in the afternoon. It's november and the radio is playing
Last Line: Wheeling into fenway park. My father and I look up amazed at the bird-filled june sky
Subject(s): Baseball; Sports; Williams, Theodore (ted)


JOHN MCGRAW, by WILLIAM A. PHELON    Poem Text                
First Line: I'd like to play in old new york,
Last Line: "and that's his only law!"
Subject(s): Athletes; Baseball; Mcgraw, John (1873-1934); New York City; Sports; Manhattan; New York, New York; The Big Apple


JOSHING, by ALFRED L. WOODS    Poem Source                
First Line: When joe louis knocked out schmeling
Last Line: Jackie robinson %can you hit another ball
Subject(s): African Americans; Baseball; Boxing And Boxers; Louis, Joe (1914-1981); Robinson, Jackie (1919-1972); Sports; Stock Exchange


JUNK BALL, by FRED CHAPPELL    Poem Source                 Poet's Biography
First Line: By the time it gets to the plate
Subject(s): Baseball; Sports


LAST STANDS, by THOM ROSS    Poem Source                
First Line: Eddie and I took our
Subject(s): Baseball; Sports


LATE INNINGS, by NEAL BOWERS    Poem Source                
First Line: Bucking and bolting before the hurrying dark
Last Line: And the last boy digs in at home with the crickets, %the gathering dew, waiting for the long, dark c
Subject(s): Baseball; Moore, Marianne (1887-1972); Sports


LETTER TO MANTSCH FROM HAVRE, by RICHARD HUGO    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: Dear mike: we didn't have a chance. Our starter had no change
Subject(s): Baseball; Sports


LETTER TO MANTSCH FROM HAVRE, by RICHARD HUGO    Poem Source                 Poet's Biography
First Line: Dear mike: we didn't have a chance. Our starter had no change
Last Line: I cannot shout loud as this local truth: well done, mike. Dick
Subject(s): Baseball; Sports


LIMBO, by JAY ROGOFF    Poem Source                
First Line: Flying %east years ago to my
Last Line: Each player, each lover %safe, %home
Subject(s): Baseball; Sports


LISTENING TO BASEBALL IN THE CAR, by GAIL MAZUR    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: This morning I argued with a friend
Last Line: The white ball in the glare.
Subject(s): Baseball; Sports


LONELINESS OF THE OUTFIELD, by MICHAEL CULROSS    Poem Source                
First Line: They never liked me
Last Line: To finish: their team %somehow managed to %lose it without me
Subject(s): Baseball; Sports


LONG DISTANCE, by JAY ROGOFF    Poem Source                
First Line: Sound %of her voice -- huge, as if I'd put my ear
Last Line: Trying to fix on her %and our rookie of the year
Subject(s): Baseball; Sports


LOOSE LUNATICS, by WILLIAM A. PHELON    Poem Text                
First Line: The baseball fan gets up and loudly yowls--
Last Line: He's dippy!
Subject(s): Adventure And Adventurers; Baseball; Football; Horse Racing; Sports


LOST HEROES, by MICHAEL CULROSS    Poem Source                
First Line: The exhibition at pocatello
Last Line: The front office continues to hope %signed contracts for next year will turn up
Subject(s): Baseball; Sports


LOU, HERE'S TO YOUR JOYRIDE TO THE STADIUM, by RODNEY TORRESON    Poem Source                
Last Line: The sunlight heightens %to its own awareness
Subject(s): Baseball; New York Yankees (baseball Team); Sports


LOVE SONNET OF A PLAYER, by WILLIAM A. PHELON    Poem Text                
First Line: Say, kid, d'you know, I just can't understand
Last Line: I'll kill three baseball scribes by monday night!
Subject(s): Athletes; Baseball; Language; Sports; Words; Vocabulary


MANTLE, by WILLIAM HEYEN    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: Mantle ran so hard, they said
Subject(s): Baseball; Mantle, Mickey (1931-1995); Popular Culture - United States; Sports


MANTLE, by WILLIAM HEYEN    Poem Source                 Poet's Biography
First Line: Mantle ran so hard, they said
Last Line: Now a fastball, now a slow %curve hanging %like a model's smile
Subject(s): Baseball; Mantle, Mickey (1931-1995); Popular Culture - United States; Sports


MARIS AND DYLAN CAME SCOWLING OUT OF HIBBING, MINNESOTA, by RODNEY TORRESON    Poem Source                
First Line: This town boasts the world's largest hole
Last Line: In a place just the other side of music
Subject(s): Baseball; New York Yankees (baseball Team); Sports


MARIS OF THE CARDS, by RODNEY TORRESON    Poem Source                
First Line: At thirty-three, singles lined his forehead
Last Line: And his swing slung the hash of happenstance
Subject(s): Baseball; Maris, Roger (1934-1985); New York Yankees (baseball Team); Sports


MAY, by JOHN UPDIKE    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: Now children may
Last Line: Look at some baseball / on tv
Subject(s): Spring; Baseball


MEAN RUFUS THROWN DOWN, by DAVE SMITH    Poem Source                 Poet's Biography
First Line: He waits perpetually crouched, teeth
Last Line: Swiftly out to second eating the silky %air of the proudest runner, ending the game
Subject(s): Baseball; Sports


MEANING OF BASEBALL, by MAX GARLAND    Poem Source                
First Line: We sit on the bench like shy freight
Last Line: Our couch, as lie on our gurney %counting backwards from ten
Subject(s): Baseball; Sports


MICKEY, ONCE OUR DAYS MADE THEIR FACE IN YOU, by RODNEY TORRESON    Poem Source                
Last Line: The blue veins feeding %us in secret
Subject(s): Baseball; Mantle, Mickey (1931-1995); New York Yankees (baseball Team); Sports


MINOR LEAGUE BUS RIDE TO DUBUQUE, CHATTANOOGA, BLUEFIELD, AMARILLO..., by DAN QUISENBERRY    Poem Source                
First Line: Rubber spins on white-lined asphalt
Last Line: On a divided highway of youth %and america rolls by
Subject(s): Baseball; Sports


MISSED INDICATORS, by BOB STANLEY    Poem Source                
First Line: Somewhere in that last season
Subject(s): Baseball; Sports


MOUSE, by GARY GILDNER    Poem Source                
First Line: Yesterday at batting practice
Last Line: And other things to teach - %but not on any fields that I knew of
Subject(s): Baseball; Mice; Sports; Warsaw, Poland


MUSCLES' HOUGEN COMES OUT OF SOFTBALL RETIREMENT, by JUDITH HOUGEN    Poem Source                
First Line: Years ago, I was so lovely
Last Line: Leather hand to reach into that much beauty
Subject(s): Baseball; Memory; Sports


MY FATHER DREAMS OF BASEBALL, by LAURENCE LIEBERMAN    Poem Source                
First Line: On hot september nights, when sleep is scarce
Last Line: The features are fixed with the dull metallic glow %of an ancient face, cast in bronze or brass
Subject(s): Baseball; Sports


MYSTERY BASEBALL, by PHILIP DACEY    Poem Source                
First Line: No one knows the man who throws out the season's first ball
Subject(s): Baseball; Sports


NEW WORDS, by JIM DANIELS    Poem Source                 Poet's Biography
First Line: Saturday afternoon, alone in the living room
Last Line: To my dartboard and took my pleasure. %pimp, I whispered, pimp
Subject(s): Baseball; Sports


NIGHT GAME, by ROLFE HUMPHRIES    Poem Source                 Poet's Biography
First Line: Only bores are bored, --wrote william saroyan
Last Line: Alike and different, after the game is over, %streaming away to the exit, and underground
Subject(s): Baseball; Sports


NIGHT GAME, by ROBERT PINSKY    Poem Source                 Poet's Biography
First Line: Some of us believe
Last Line: He refused to pitch on yom kippur
Subject(s): Baseball; Fasts And Feasts; Ford, Edward ("whitey"); Jews; Koufax, Sandy; Sports; Worship; Yom Kippur


NIGHT GAME IN MENOMONIE PARK, by SUSAN FIRER    Poem Source                
Last Line: Saint mary of czestochowa throws a small festival, but %oshkosh women's softball - that's a whole ot
Subject(s): Baseball; Sports


NIGHT GAMES, by JAY ROGOFF    Poem Source                
First Line: It's hard %to come
Last Line: Taking my place in the order
Subject(s): Baseball; Sports


NIGHT IN CLEVELAND, by DAN QUISENBERRY    Poem Source                
First Line: Late innings, we're winning %cleveland indians surround
Last Line: As voices and syllables %blend in a chorus of boooooos
Subject(s): Baseball; Sports


NO SECOND PLACE, by BOB STANLEY    Poem Source                
First Line: Just as you remember
Subject(s): Baseball; Sports


NOBODY'S FAN, by RODNEY TORRESON    Poem Source                
First Line: Buck paulson, you were big
Last Line: We wouldn't know for years %what you had done
Subject(s): Baseball; New York Yankees (baseball Team); Sports


NORTH, by JAY ROGOFF    Poem Source                
First Line: Calgary's a jewel %and an appalling place for baseball
Last Line: Enough %baseball for one night
Subject(s): Baseball; Sports


OCTOBER CLASSIC, by DAVID LEHMAN    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: If only there were a way of knowing
Subject(s): World Series (baseball)


ODE TO BEN OGILVIE, by DAN QUISENBERRY    Poem Source                
First Line: Spied you %in batting practice
Last Line: That lethal swing %out of overconfidence
Subject(s): Baseball; Ogilvie, Ben; Sports


ODE TO DICK HOWSER, by DAN QUISENBERRY    Poem Source                
First Line: He wore highway patrol sunglasses
Last Line: And always saved %that pat on the back
Subject(s): Baseball; Howser, Dick (1937-1987); Sports


OF KINGS AND THINGS, by LILLIAN MORRISON    Poem Source                
First Line: What happened to joey on our block
Last Line: Disappearing down the street %skinny and shining in the nightfall light
Subject(s): Baseball; Sports


OKLAHOMA YANKEE, by LOUIS DOMINICK SCALZETTO    Poem Source                
First Line: A budding ballplayer named mickey mantle
Last Line: Mickey mantle, the oklahoma yankee %will forever be the american inspiration
Subject(s): Baseball; Mantle, Mickey (1931-1995); Sports


OLD (G)LOVE, by DAN QUISENBERRY    Poem Source                
First Line: Mushy leather %burnt brown
Last Line: And holding you %feels so right
Subject(s): Baseball; Sports


OLD TIMER'S DAY, by DONALD HALL    Poem Text             Recitation     Poet's Biography
First Line: When the tall puffy
Subject(s): Baseball; Old Age


OLD WARHORSE PITCHING COACH TO YOUNG COLT, by DAN QUISENBERRY    Poem Source                
First Line: He said %ya gotta strap it on
Last Line: That's what I thought %as I nodded my head
Subject(s): Baseball; Sports


ON AN EARLY EVENING IN LATE JUNE, ALMOST ANYWHERE, by JONATHAN HOLDEN    Poem Source                 Poet's Biography
First Line: Rock an' fire! Be a hitter! Way to be!
Last Line: Haranguing them, driving them into the dust, singing %the only song they know: be. Be
Subject(s): Baseball; Sports


ON DECK, by DAN QUISENBERRY    Poem Source                
First Line: I'm 'in the hole' %as they call it
Last Line: The voice of god %bellows my name
Subject(s): Baseball; Sports


ONE TO NOTHING, by CAROLYN KIZER    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: The bibulous eagle behind me at the ball game:
Last Line: Shucks a'mighty. If you're an eagle, you just go.
Subject(s): Baseball; Birds; Eagles; Sports; Women; Women's Rights; Feminism


OPENING DAY, by WILLIAM A. PHELON    Poem Text                
First Line: Every fan is packed as closely as a neatly packed
Last Line: Baseball has been duly started—it's the close of opening day!
Subject(s): Baseball; Sports


OPENING DAY, by DAN QUISENBERRY    Poem Source                
First Line: The event %like the playoffs, all-star game, world series
Last Line: In a world of war %between white lines
Subject(s): Baseball; Sports


ORIGIN OF BASEBALL, by KENNETH PATCHEN    Poem Source                 Poet's Biography
First Line: Someone had been walking in and out
Last Line: So he wanted to throw something %and he picked up a baseball
Subject(s): Anger; Baseball; Sports


OUR HARDY DADS, by WILLIAM A. PHELON    Poem Text                
First Line: Our daddies sat upon unpainted planks
Last Line: Our daddies must have been the all-wool stuff!
Subject(s): Baseball; Fathers; Past; Sports


OUT IN LEFT FIELD, by JAY ROGOFF    Poem Source                
First Line: Crack! %the world contracts: a spot of white
Last Line: With stitches %to earth, to the raised mound
Subject(s): Baseball; Sports


OVER THE FENCE IS OUT, by JAY ROGOFF    Poem Source                
First Line: In home-away- %from-home green
Last Line: Three %machine guns trained on me
Subject(s): Baseball; Sports


PARADISE, by MICHAEL ALAN MCFEE    Poem Source                
First Line: We arrive by shuttle bus, precious tickets
Last Line: Into the dry moat behind the outfield wall %that we fill with our cries of joyful disbelief
Subject(s): Baseball; Games; Sports


PARENTHETICAL STATEMENT FOR THE SEVENTH GAME, by BOBBY BYRD    Poem Source                
First Line: (there is very little poetry ...)
Subject(s): Baseball; Sports


PAT MORAN, by WILLIAM A. PHELON    Poem Text                
First Line: He lived the game-to him 'twas all; yet he
Last Line: The game is better for the part he bore.
Subject(s): Baseball; Leadership; Moran, Pat (1876-1924); Sports


PAUL O'NEILL, DESCENDANT OF MARK TWAIN, STARTS US DOWN THE WIDE RIVER, by RODNEY TORRESON    Poem Source                
First Line: With that whimsical lift of his right foot
Last Line: Five daggers of an unleashed star
Subject(s): Baseball; New York Yankees (baseball Team); Sports


PERSONAL HISTORY OF THE CURVEBALL, by JONATHAN HOLDEN    Poem Source                 Poet's Biography
First Line: It came to us like sex
Last Line: Or the strikeout victim have %to mean what cannot be and means what is?
Subject(s): Baseball; Sports


PHARAOH, by JANE KENYON    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: The future ainít what it used to be
Last Line: Water, a book and a pen
Subject(s): Baseball


PIONEER LEAGUE, BUTTE V. POCATELLO, by FORD SWETNAM    Poem Source                
First Line: Fertilizer plants in their summer layoff
Last Line: We have another chance to catch the runner
Subject(s): Baseball; Sports


PITCHER, by ROBERT FRANCIS    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: His art is eccentricity, his aim
Subject(s): Baseball; Language; Men; Sports; Words; Vocabulary


PITCHER, by ROBERT FRANCIS    Poem Source                 Poet's Biography
First Line: His art is eccentricity, his aim
Last Line: Not to, yet still, still to communicate %making the batter understand too late
Subject(s): Baseball; Language; Men; Sports


PITCHER IS A BEAUTIFUL WOMAN IN AN OLD MOVIE, by RODNEY TORRESON    Poem Source                
Last Line: Who batting could not hit their own weight
Subject(s): Baseball; New York Yankees (baseball Team); Sports


PITCHER'S JUICE, by DAN QUISENBERRY    Poem Source                
First Line: Adrenaline and blood flow, mix
Last Line: Frustrated %frozen in his work
Subject(s): Baseball; Sports


PITCHING COUPS, by RON WELBURN    Poem Source                
First Line: The arc of the pitching arm %unwinds a circle of dreams
Last Line: Pitchers all. %coyotes too. %'skins
Subject(s): Baseball; Sports


PITTSBURGH, by WILLIAM A. PHELON    Poem Text                
First Line: It's fifteen years since pittsburgh town
Last Line: They'll realize their dream!
Subject(s): Baseball; Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania; Sports; Victory


PITTSYLVANIA COUNTY, by ELLEN BRYANT VOIGT    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: In the front yard, my father and his son
Subject(s): Fathers & Sons; Baseball


PLAY BALL!, by WILLIAM A. PHELON    Poem Text                
First Line: Flags dance, bands bray, the gates are thrown ajar;
Last Line: "to that one crashing chorus of ""play ball!"
Subject(s): Athletes; Baseball; Sports


PLAYERS, by E. ETHELBERT MILLER    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: When mickey mantle died
Subject(s): Baseball; Mantle, Mickey (1931-1995); Sports


PLAYERS, by E. ETHELBERT MILLER    Poem Source                 Poet's Biography
First Line: When mickey mantle died
Last Line: Projects so many could %not escape
Subject(s): Baseball; Mantle, Mickey (1931-1995); Sports


POEM FOR ED WHITEY FORD, by JONATHAN HOLDEN    Poem Source                 Poet's Biography
First Line: I wanted my name %curt: ed %ford: a name that gave away
Last Line: Empty, cruel, accurate. %our beauty pure expertise
Subject(s): Baseball; Ford, Edward ("whitey"); Sports


POEM FOR MY FATHER, by QUINCY TROUPE    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: Father, it was an honor to be there, in the dugout
Last Line: Father, a harbinger, of shock waves, soon come
Subject(s): African Americans; Baseball; Fathers & Sons; Sports; Negroes; American Blacks


POEM FOR THE 1985 SEASON OF DOUBLE A BALL ..., by BOBBY BYRD    Poem Source                
First Line: Last night I saw mike cuellar
Subject(s): Baseball; Sports


POETS' CORNER, by WILLIAM TROWBRIDGE    Poem Source                
First Line: They put me in right field
Last Line: Little priss, some kind %of percy bitch shelby
Subject(s): Baseball; Memory; Sports


POLO GROUNDS, by ROLFE HUMPHRIES    Poem Source                 Poet's Biography
First Line: Time is of the essence. This is a highly skilled
Subject(s): Baseball; Sports


POP, by JAY ROGOFF    Poem Source                
First Line: Issue of my miraculous news
Last Line: You're never %too young, either
Subject(s): Baseball; Sports


POP, POP, POP!, by WILLIAM A. PHELON    Poem Text                
First Line: Pop goes the pop fly
Last Line: Pop, pop, pop!
Subject(s): Baseball; Drinks & Drinking; Sound; Sports; Wine


POST CARD OUT OF PANAMA, by WILLIAM D. BARNEY    Poem Source                
First Line: The young man at the plate, bat bristling
Last Line: With every sinew, bone and cell alive-- %my father was exceedingly rich
Subject(s): Baseball; Sports


PROMETHEUS AT FENWAY, by CHARLES LAURENCE NORTH    Poem Source                
First Line: Carl yastrzemski, the boston red sox outfielder/first
Last Line: Running the turf of our years
Subject(s): Baseball; Fenway Park, Boston; Mythology - Classical; Sports


Q&A, by DAN QUISENBERRY    Poem Source                
First Line: He asked %microphone in hand
Last Line: I realized %my daddy said a lot of things
Subject(s): Baseball; Sports


QUITE FREQUENTLY, by WILLIAM A. PHELON    Poem Text                
First Line: The manager, with stony glare,
Last Line: The ozone green and blue!
Subject(s): Baseball; Leadership; Sports


RADIO WONDERS, by WILLIAM A. PHELON    Poem Text                
First Line: The sacks were full, the babe was up--
Last Line: Be planted out in mars!
Subject(s): Baseball; Ruth, George Herman (babe) (1895-1948); Sports


RAIN DELAY, by RODNEY TORRESON    Poem Source                
First Line: In the box seats %the bright, laughing umbrellas are smug
Last Line: Decks of cards with rainy %bad-weather hearts
Subject(s): Baseball; New York Yankees (baseball Team); Sports


RAVENS, by GARY GILDNER    Poem Source                
First Line: We do wind sprints, we play catch
Last Line: All right, all the way to moscow boom boom %and landing on lenin's tomb
Subject(s): Baseball; Sports; Warsaw, Poland


RELIEF PITCHING, by TED FLOREA    Poem Source                
First Line: Because his dad was coach
Last Line: My dreams too wild %to say out loud
Subject(s): Baseball; Fathers And Sons; Sports


REVISITING THE FIELD (2), by WALTER DAVID PAVLICH    Poem Source                
First Line: I come back to cold lights
Last Line: Didn't we all block big as trees?
Subject(s): Baseball; Fields; Memory; Sports


RING LARDNER WATCHES THE BABE TAKE BATTING PRACTICE, by RODNEY TORRESON    Poem Source                
First Line: Oh how his flesh of plenty
Last Line: The envious hearts of angels
Subject(s): Baseball; New York Yankees (baseball Team); Sports


RIVALS, by RODNEY TORRESON    Poem Source                
First Line: In scattered dodger neats
Last Line: More so than when they played
Subject(s): Baseball; New York Yankees (baseball Team); Sports


ROGER MARIS, by RODNEY TORRESON    Poem Source                
First Line: In 1961, when j.F.K. Brought his dazzling wife
Last Line: And tried with their might to hold him up
Subject(s): Baseball; Maris, Roger (1934-1985); New York Yankees (baseball Team); Sports


ROUNDHOUSE VOICES, by DAVE SMITH    Poem Source                 Poet's Biography
First Line: In full glare of sunlight I came here, man-tall but thin
Last Line: On my knees to cry, who the hell are you, kid
Subject(s): Baseball; Railroads; Sports


RUSS JOY LITTLE LEAGUE, by DOUGLAS CARLSON    Poem Source                
First Line: God help me, liberal mothers
Last Line: To a jetty where we sit growing older, %not competing with fish we never catch
Subject(s): Baseball; Sports


RYNE DUREN, YANKEE RELIEVER, by RODNEY TORRESON    Poem Source                
First Line: As a nation sleeping under ike
Last Line: A whole decade nobody saw
Subject(s): Baseball; New York Yankees (baseball Team); Sports


S.E., by CELIA LEIGHTON THAXTER    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: She passes up and down life's various ways
Last Line: Makes her more precious and more wise and dear.
Subject(s): Baseball; Mothers; Sports


SACRIFICE, by JAY ROGOFF    Poem Source                
First Line: It was like a kamikaze
Last Line: I ain't that stupid
Subject(s): Baseball; Sports


SAL MAGLIE, by DAVID HENDERSON    Poem Source                
First Line: Time grew upon his beard
Subject(s): Baseball; Sports


SANDLOT BASEBALL, by WILLIAM MATTHEWS    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: My eye is fine: halfway through they're double-teaming me
Alternate Author Name(s): Matthews, William Procter
Subject(s): Baseball


SATAN VOWS TO MAKE A COMEBACK, by PHILIP WEDGE    Poem Source                
First Line: Yeah, they're sending me down to the lowest
Last Line: The union won't stand for less than equal %shares all round.Man, I'm talking equity
Subject(s): Baseball; Sports


SEASON WISH, by LINDA MIZEJEWSKI    Poem Source                
First Line: In turns of season
Last Line: Built for me stone bases %on his knees there in the dirt
Subject(s): Baseball; Sports


SELF-PORTRAIT WITH 1911 NY YANKEES CAP, by FLOYD SKLOOT    Poem Source                
First Line: The subtlest approach would be to ignore
Last Line: I was wearing gives me a new idea %which, as I turn to note it, I forget.
Subject(s): Baseball; Physical Disabilities; Sports


SEPTEMBER IN THE BLEACHERS, by THOMAS WILLARD CLARK    Poem Source                
First Line: In the bathroom the bad dudes
Last Line: He goes right ahead & does it before my eyes
Alternate Author Name(s): Clark, Tom
Subject(s): Baseball; Sports


SHERWOOD MCGEE, by WILLIAM A. PHELON    Poem Text                
First Line: Dusk was approaching, when the lengthy game
Last Line: Such matchless doings by one s. Magee!
Subject(s): Athletes; Baseball; Sports


SIGN FOR MY FATHER, WHO STRESSED THE BUNT, by DAVID BOTTOMS    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: On the rough diamond
Last Line: I'm getting a grip on the sacrifice.
Subject(s): Baseball; Fathers; Selflessness; Sports


SLIDE, by JAY ROGOFF    Poem Source                
First Line: Level %as the field
Last Line: By blood, relieved by dirt
Subject(s): Baseball; Sports


SOMETIMES THE YANKEES LOVE US BACK, by RODNEY TORRESON    Poem Source                
Last Line: All the world's %pain with him
Subject(s): Baseball; New York Yankees (baseball Team); Sports


SONG BIRD OF THE SPRING, by WILLIAM A. PHELON    Poem Text                
First Line: You make talk about your bobolinks, and the
Last Line: But the umpire is the bird of birds, the song-bird of the spring!
Subject(s): Baseball; Birds; Sports; Spring


SPEAKING IN TONGUES, by GARY GILDNER    Poem Source                
First Line: In a light just right
Last Line: And my guys are trying hard to catch %the lingo and the rhythm
Subject(s): Baseball; Sports


SPITBALLER, by FRED CHAPPELL    Poem Source                 Poet's Biography
First Line: A poet because his hand goes first
Last Line: He draws a second salary as maintenance man. %since while he pitches he waters the lawn
Subject(s): Baseball; Sports


SPRING, by JAY ROGOFF    Poem Source                
First Line: Even the grass is yearning
Last Line: Where birds don't sing
Subject(s): Baseball; Sports


SPRING FEVER, by JR. ORVAL A. LUND    Poem Source                
First Line: My right shoulder aches when snow melts, %air softens, and baseballs
Last Line: Citizen, old ballplayer that I am, I walk %my aching shoulder home
Subject(s): Balls; Baseball; Boys; Sports; Youth


SPRING PLOWING, 1965, by RODNEY TORRESON    Poem Source                
First Line: The game of the week calls
Last Line: His voice crackling %among the ruins
Subject(s): Baseball; New York Yankees (baseball Team); Sports


SPRING TRAINING DREAM, by DAN QUISENBERRY    Poem Source                
First Line: Under the gray blanket of cold
Last Line: Spinning with raised seams cutting through air
Subject(s): Baseball; Sports


SQUIRE EBBETS, by WILLIAM A. PHELON    Poem Text                
First Line: He gave the game all that he had--the game
Last Line: "when will we see one like ""the squire"" again?"
Subject(s): Baseball; Sports


STADIUM, by WILLIAM HEYEN    Poem Source                 Poet's Biography
First Line: The stadium is filled, %for this is the third night the moon
Last Line: Would weep softly in the dark aisles, %catching their difficult breath
Subject(s): Baseball; Sports


STELAE, by JOHN OLIVER SIMON    Poem Source                
First Line: There are stelae from palenque
Subject(s): Baseball; Sports


STEPPING DOWN, by WILLIAM A. PHELON    Poem Text                
First Line: Going out of the big league
Last Line: I am not yet thirty-three!
Subject(s): Athletes; Baseball; Sports; Success


STICKBALL AT CHARLESTOWN HIGH, by CHARLES FANNING    Poem Source                
First Line: The scoring is easy
Last Line: There is no traffic %and the kids are safe. %today is sunday
Subject(s): Baseball; Sports


STOLEN BASES, by JR. ORVAL A. LUND    Poem Source                
First Line: I run the northern-prairie, small-town blocks
Last Line: The half hour after I run, coming down, coming down
Subject(s): Balls; Baseball; Boys; Sports


STRIKE ZONE, by FRED CHAPPELL    Poem Source                 Poet's Biography
First Line: Like the presidency its size
Last Line: But gives no sign. %ball 3
Subject(s): Baseball; Sports


STRIKING OUT MY SON IN THE FATHER-SON GAME, by RON SMITH    Poem Source                
First Line: Caught in the open in broad daylight
Subject(s): Baseball; Sports


STUTTERING UMPIRE, by ROBERT KIRKLAND KERNINGHAM    Poem Source                
First Line: Oh, we had our share of trouble
Subject(s): Baseball; Sports


SUICIDE, by JUDY GOLDMAN    Poem Source                
First Line: The newspaper lied. %they did not find you
Last Line: As if there were nothing at all %left to explain
Subject(s): Baseball; Sports


SWINGING ON THE FIRST PITCH, by DABNEY STUART    Poem Source                
First Line: You go up there cocked
Last Line: Delivers. It's a fast ball, %big as a globe, 110 %miles an hour, coming %right at your head
Subject(s): Baseball; Sports


SWITCH HITTER, by DAN QUISENBERRY    Poem Source                
First Line: I miss pitching so much %don't miss it at all, sick of it
Last Line: I've seen enough, heard enough %wonder who they're playing tonight?
Subject(s): Baseball; Sports


TAKE ME OUT TO THE BALL GAME, by JACK NORWOOD    Poem Source                
First Line: Nelly kelly loved baseball games
Last Line: At the old ball game
Subject(s): Baseball; Sports


TAO IN THE YANKEE STADIUM BLEACHERS, by JOHN UPDIKE    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: Distance brings proportion. From here
Last Line: Hold motionless while berra flies to left
Subject(s): Baseball; Chinese Literature; Sports


TAO IN THE YANKEE STADIUM BLEACHERS, by JOHN UPDIKE    Poem Source                 Poet's Biography
First Line: Distance brings proportion. From here
Last Line: And, distant as a paradise, experts, passionate and deft, %wait while berra flies to left
Subject(s): Baseball; Chinese Literature; Sports


TEACHING THE SLIDER, by J.T. BARBARESE    Poem Text             Recitation by Author     Poet's Biography
First Line: In the middle of life's road, which I notice
Subject(s): Baseball


TELEPATHY, by DAN QUISENBERRY    Poem Source                
First Line: Skip scampers out %reaches me at the hill
Last Line: To his pillbox %safe from the line of fire
Subject(s): Baseball; Sports


THE AMATEUR, by WILLIAM A. PHELON    Poem Text                
First Line: He doesn't play the game for glory
Last Line: Won't even know what it is all about!
Subject(s): Baseball; Games; Ignorance; Man-woman Relationships; Sports; Recreation; Pastimes; Amusements; Dullness; Stupdity; Male-female Relations


THE BALL GAME, by ROBERT CREELEY    Poem Text             Recitation by Author     Poet's Biography
First Line: The one damn time (7th inning)
Subject(s): Baseball


THE BASE STEALER, by ROBERT FRANCIS    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: Poised between going on and back, pulled
Subject(s): Baseball; Sports


THE BASEBALL PLAYERS, by DONALD HALL    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: Against the bright
Subject(s): Baseball; Sports


THE BIG GAME--HERE AND OVER THERE, by WILLIAM A. PHELON    Poem Text                
First Line: Stands are packed and bleachers crowded
Last Line: "shall call ""safe"" ere evening falls!"
Variant Title(s): The Big Game-here And Over There
Subject(s): Baseball; Soldiers; Sports; War; World War I; First World War


THE BOY ON FIRST, by DOUGLAS MALLOCH    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: Forgive me, folks, if I am proud
Last Line: Your dad is proud of every day.
Subject(s): Baseball; Sports


THE BOYS OF SUMMER, by E. ETHELBERT MILLER    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: Carlton, patrick and I
Subject(s): Baseball


THE BULLPEN PITCHER, by WILLIAM A. PHELON    Poem Text                
First Line: The beaver and the busy bee
Last Line: A bullpen pitcher—that is all!
Subject(s): Baseball; Labor & Laborers; Sports; Work; Workers


THE CATCHER, by WILLIAM A. PHELON    Poem Text                
First Line: Like a rhinoceros, in style and grace
Last Line: And he holds on—the mainstay of the team!
Variant Title(s): The Old Catcher
Subject(s): Aging; Athletes; Baseball; Sports


THE CHAMPION'S BAT, by WILLIAM A. PHELON    Poem Text                
First Line: Heavy and thick and long
Last Line: Where is the champion now?
Subject(s): Athletes; Baseball; Sports


THE COMEBACK, by WILLIAM A. PHELON    Poem Text                
First Line: He made a rep in the minors, and he thought
Last Line: "(and it's cost you a lot of money) that at last you are wanting me!"
Subject(s): Athletes; Baseball; Conceit; Money; Sports


THE DEACON, by WILLIAM A. PHELON    Poem Text                
First Line: The deacon wandered forth one day and saw a
Last Line: He now stands for good, clean ball games, even on the sabbath day!
Subject(s): Baseball; Clergy; Sabbath; Sports; Temptation; Priests; Rabbis; Ministers; Bishops; Sunday


THE DUMB BELLE, by WILLIAM A. PHELON    Poem Text                
First Line: What cares the dumb belle for the baseball game?
Last Line: And yet, you simp, you'll take her there again!
Subject(s): Baseball; Ignorance; Sports; Women; Dullness; Stupdity


THE FAN, by WILLIAM A. PHELON    Poem Text                
First Line: He's out there, freezing on the chilly bleachers
Last Line: Where would be this good old game of ball?
Subject(s): Baseball; Sports; Sports - Arenas And Stadia


THE FAN BLUES, by WILLIAM A. PHELON    Poem Text                
First Line: They say that the winter is gentle and mild
Last Line: Oh, misery!
Subject(s): Baseball; Grief; Sports; Sorrow; Sadness


THE HUMMER, by WILLIAM MATTHEWS    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: First he drew a strike zone
Alternate Author Name(s): Matthews, William Procter
Subject(s): Baseball; Sports


THE LOSING HABIT, by WILLIAM A. PHELON    Poem Text                
First Line: When you get the losing habit, it is hard, so
Last Line: When that losing habit lingers grimly by your side!
Subject(s): Baseball; Habits; Sports


THE MANAGER, by WILLIAM A. PHELON    Poem Text                
First Line: When all goes wrong, and when your dear old club
Last Line: To give the manager your loud applause?
Subject(s): Baseball; Leadership; Sports


THE NIGHT GAME, by ROBERT PINSKY    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: Some of us believe
Subject(s): Baseball; Fasts & Feasts; Ford, Edward ('whitey'); Jews; Koufax, Sandy; Sports; Worship; Yom Kippur; Judaism


THE NO-HIT GAME, by WILLIAM A. PHELON    Poem Text                
First Line: Round after round they were falling, nobody
Last Line: "yet they kept on repeating, ""that bird ain't got a darned thing!"
Subject(s): Athletes; Baseball; Sports


THE OFFICIAL SCORER, by WILLIAM A. PHELON    Poem Text                
First Line: He sits down in the press-box, knowing well
Last Line: Is general derision and the razz!
Subject(s): Anger; Baseball; Labor & Laborers; Sports; Work; Workers


THE OLD CATCHER, by WILLIAM A. PHELON    Poem Text                
First Line: The aged catcher dons his mask-
Last Line: The backbone of the team!
Subject(s): Athletes; Baseball; Old Age; Sports


THE OLD PITCHER, by WILLIAM A. PHELON    Poem Text                
First Line: He hobbles lamely from the bench
Last Line: Those boys with iron hand!
Subject(s): Athletes; Baseball; Knowledge; Old Age; Sports


THE OLD-TIMER, by WILLIAM A. PHELON    Poem Text                
First Line: Show me a catcher like ewing--
Last Line: "about ""the advance of the game""!"
Subject(s): Athletes; Baseball; Sports; Success


THE ORIGIN OF BASEBALL, by KENNETH PATCHEN    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: Someone had been walking in and out
Subject(s): Anger; Baseball; Sports


THE PITCHER, by WILLIAM A. PHELON    Poem Text                
First Line: The pitcher stands upon the hill, his pose is won-
Last Line: "aw take him out! For mikes' sake, take him out!"
Subject(s): Athletes; Baseball; Failure; Sports


THE ROUNDHOUSE VOICES, by DAVE SMITH    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: In full glare of sunlight I came here, man-tall but thin
Subject(s): Baseball; Railroads; Sports; Railways; Trains


THE RUBAIYAT OF BASEBALL, by WILLIAM A. PHELON    Poem Text                
First Line: The spring approaches, and each eager fan
Last Line: "the season's coming—""and the game's still there!"
Variant Title(s): The Rubaiyat Of Battle
Subject(s): Baseball; Sports


THE SCOUT, by WILLIAM A. PHELON    Poem Text                
First Line: He ranges in the little, scrubby circuits
Last Line: And he does that—he fires the luckless scout!
Subject(s): Baseball; Scouting & Scouts; Sports


THE SOUTHPAW, by WILLIAM A. PHELON    Poem Text                
First Line: They kid him and they razz him, and the fans
Last Line: And yet—somehow—the southpaws often win!
Subject(s): Athletes; Baseball; Sports


THE STADIUM, by WILLIAM HEYEN    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: The stadium is filled, / for this is the third night the moon
Subject(s): Baseball; Sports


THIRTEEN-YEAR-OLD GIRLS AND HANDSOME KEVIN MAAS, by RODNEY TORRESON    Poem Source                
First Line: Before he drives the ball
Last Line: When he turns on a pitch
Subject(s): Baseball; New York Yankees (baseball Team); Sports


THIS MIGHT BE HITTING THE BASEBALL, by STEVEN REESE    Poem Source                
First Line: Of course there's the brain's play-by-play
Last Line: Spending the night - some twist or turn %that meant everything
Subject(s): Baseball; Sports


THURMAN DREAMING IN RIGHT FIELD, by PAUL ZIMMER    Poem Source                 Poet's Biography
First Line: In right field I am so far out
Last Line: In that far field where %I am dreaaming once again
Subject(s): Baseball; Sports


THURMAN MUNSON, by RODNEY TORRESON    Poem Source                
First Line: Get me out of here, you said
Last Line: Get me out of here, please
Subject(s): Baseball; New York Yankees (baseball Team); Sports


THURMAN'S SLUMPING BLUES, by PAUL ZIMMER    Poem Source                 Poet's Biography
First Line: One day out in right field
Last Line: The paper tells me that %this is last place
Subject(s): Baseball; Sports


TIME TO QUIT, by DAN QUISENBERRY    Poem Source                
First Line: I'm warmin up in san francisco
Last Line: A shower %and a quick flight home
Subject(s): Baseball; Sports


TO ALEXANDER THE GREAT, by WILLIAM A. PHELON    Poem Text                
First Line: No more he walks across the field
Last Line: When he comes home again!
Subject(s): Alexander, Grover Cleveland (1887-1950); Athletes; Baseball; Soldiers; Sports; World War I; First World War


TO BERT CAMPANERIS, by THOMAS WILLARD CLARK    Poem Source                
First Line: You've had your problems
Last Line: How good you know english %fon't count for everything
Alternate Author Name(s): Clark, Tom
Subject(s): Baseball; Sports


TO COMFORT CATCHERS OF THE KNUCKLEBALL, by RODNEY TORRESON    Poem Source                
First Line: Yes, there's a moment before the knuckler
Last Line: And the mind itself floats and twists
Subject(s): Baseball; New York Yankees (baseball Team); Sports


TO MATTINGLY IN THE SHADOW OF HIS AILING BACK, by RODNEY TORRESON    Poem Source                
First Line: Dark notes in the cheering now
Last Line: Leading fans through the deep, rich woods of your bat
Subject(s): Baseball; New York Yankees (baseball Team); Sports


TO OUR CAPTAIN (ON THE DEATH OF CAPTAIN ANSON), by WILLIAM A. PHELON    Poem Text                
First Line: They have waited--waited yonder for their captain of the past
Last Line: Such was the towering commander—such was the captain we knew!
Subject(s): Anson, Adrian (cap) (1852-1922); Baseball; Leadership; Past; Sports


TO SATCH, by SAMUEL ALLEN    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: Sometimes I feel like I will never stop
Alternate Author Name(s): Vesey, Paul
Subject(s): Paige, Stachel (1906-1982); Baseball


TOO MUCH COUE, by WILLIAM A. PHELON    Poem Text                
First Line: The pitcher stood upon the mound
Last Line: And then the maddened umpire spoke—and gave them both the gate!
Subject(s): Athletes; Baseball; Failure; Sports


TOOLS OF A SCHOLAR, by LOUIS DOMINICK SCALZETTO    Poem Source                
First Line: Bronx bomber bill dickey
Last Line: You can vision bill dickey and his tools of a scholar
Subject(s): Baseball; Sports


TOOLS OF CONTENTION, by RODNEY TORRESON    Poem Source                
First Line: In winter I'd find whitey ford's curve
Last Line: With my finger traced their very backbones
Subject(s): Baseball; New York Yankees (baseball Team); Sports


TRYING TO CATCH UP, by GARY GILDNER    Poem Source                
First Line: I'm coaching the warsaw baseball team
Last Line: And throwing - ok, strong as bulls - %but looking as if they're about to fall over
Subject(s): Baseball; Sports; Warsaw, Poland


TWO YEARS RETIRED, BOBBY MURCER MAKES A COMEBACK BID, 1985, by RODNEY TORRESON    Poem Source                
First Line: After your ascent into the
Last Line: As you dream back your speed, %run faster then you can run
Subject(s): Baseball; New York Yankees (baseball Team); Sports


TYRONE (3), by LUCILLE CLIFTON    Poem Source                 Poet's Biography
First Line: The governor has sent out
Last Line: And if we buffalo soldiers was sports fans %we sure would cheer
Subject(s): Baseball; Robinson, Jackie (1919-1972); Sports


UMPIRE, by WALKER GIBSON    Poem Source                
First Line: Everyone knows he's blind as a bat
Last Line: People like to watch baseball games, %where things are not to be confused with names
Subject(s): Baseball; Sports


VERS LIBRE OF BASEBALL, by WILLIAM A. PHELON    Poem Text                
First Line: The veteran stands forth and swings a bat
Last Line: "get outa here!"
Subject(s): Athletes; Baseball; Competition; Sports


VOCATIONS, by DAN QUISENBERRY    Poem Source                
First Line: My attorney said %'we've gotta get you a job'
Last Line: I don't think well with a suit on
Subject(s): Baseball; Retirement; Sports


WALTER JOHNSON, by WILLIAM A. PHELON    Poem Text                
First Line: He may not have the arm of old--
Last Line: It's still darned hard to hit him!
Subject(s): Athletes; Baseball; Johnson, Walter (1887-1946); Sports


WAR AGAINST BABE RUTH, by STEVEN GOLDLEAF    Poem Source                
First Line: The elegant japanese general listens to his infantry
Subject(s): Baseball; Sports


WASTED ENERGY, by WILLIAM A. PHELON    Poem Text                
First Line: The new-come pitcher, tall and strong
Last Line: That he was deaf and dumb!
Subject(s): Athletes; Baseball; Deafness; Sports


WATCH ME SWING, by MARTIN ESPADA    Poem Source                 Poet's Biography
First Line: I was the fifth man hired
Last Line: Yelling, 'watch me swing, boss, %watch me swing'
Subject(s): Baseball; Hispanic Americans; Sports; Welfare


WATCHFUL WAITING, by WILLIAM A. PHELON    Poem Text                
First Line: Nothing to do but sit around--
Last Line: Muster their clans in the south!
Subject(s): Baseball; Longing; Sports; Waiting; Winter


WE MILDLY WONDER, by WILLIAM A. PHELON    Poem Text                
First Line: Sometimes we wonder why the timely hit
Last Line: —omar kayenne.
Subject(s): Baseball; Sports


WHEN FATHER PLAYED BASEBALL, by EDGAR ALBERT GUEST    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: The smell of arnica is strong
Last Line: The day he played baseball.
Alternate Author Name(s): Guest, Eddie
Subject(s): Baseball; Fathers & Sons; Sports


WHEN I WAS A KID, by LILLIAN MORRISON    Poem Source                
First Line: I played outfield %in the stickball games
Last Line: No smiling white mustaches, %no happy red face
Subject(s): Baseball; Sports


WHEN IT IS OVER GOD SLIPS A FINGER INTO THE MIDDLE OF YANKEE ST., by RODNEY TORRESON    Poem Source                
Last Line: We become %heartbeats in god
Subject(s): Baseball; New York Yankees (baseball Team); Sports


WHEN THAT SPIRAL AT THE FINISH, by RODNEY TORRESON    Poem Source                
Last Line: Off the ladder of his bones
Subject(s): Baseball; New York Yankees (baseball Team); Sports


WHEN THE BABE STORMED NEW YORK, by RODNEY TORRESON    Poem Source                
First Line: The snows burned brighter
Last Line: In a hundred years
Subject(s): Baseball; New York Yankees (baseball Team); Ruth, George Herman (babe) (1895-1948); Sports


WHICH ONE ARE YOU?, by WILLIAM A. PHELON    Poem Text                
First Line: The pessimist sits glumly in the stand
Last Line: And, if we don't—we'll surely win to-morrow!
Subject(s): Baseball; Hope; Pain; Pessimism; Sports; Optimism; Suffering; Misery


WHO'S ON FIRST, by RODNEY TORRESON    Poem Source                
Last Line: In the web of his mitt
Subject(s): Baseball; New York Yankees (baseball Team); Sports


WHY BALLPLAYERS SPIT SO MUCH, by JAY ROGOFF    Poem Source                
First Line: On the close-up instant
Last Line: To land %hard %in dust
Subject(s): Baseball; Sports


WILL YOU SIGN MY BRAND-NEW BASEBALL, LOUIE?, by DAVID ALLAN EVANS    Poem Source                
First Line: The best thing in my head
Last Line: Fans cheer and cheer and %cheer for both of their heroes
Subject(s): Baseball; Sports


WILLY SMITH AT THE BALL GAME, by GEORGE STERLING    Poem Source                 Poet's Biography
First Line: Happy, he heard the crass brass band
Subject(s): Baseball; Sports


WITCH BASEBALL, by STEVEN KROLL    Poem Source                
First Line: The game's the same
Last Line: After each inning %the witches go swimming
Subject(s): Baseball; Sports; Witchcraft And Witches


WITHOUT YOU, LOVE, by WILLIAM A. PHELON    Poem Text                
First Line: Without you, love, my life is but a void--
Last Line: Since I broke you in two, my favorite bat!
Subject(s): Baseball; Love - Materialism; Sports


WOMEN, by WILLIAM A. PHELON    Poem Text                
First Line: If you take them to the ball game
Last Line: The contradictory fish!
Subject(s): Baseball; Contrariness; Man-woman Relationships; Sports; Women; Male-female Relations


WORLD SERIES, by EILEEN B. HENNESSY    Poem Source                
First Line: By then the war had been over for three years, and the men were
Last Line: Got free of its skin. Then I heard the fans on the radio roar. I heard the %announcer say, 'that's I
Subject(s): Baseball; Memory; Sports


WORLD SERIES BLUES, by NEAL BOWERS    Poem Source                
First Line: Summer always looks good in spring training
Last Line: In crisp, white uniforms to take the field, %ready to play hardball
Subject(s): Baseball; Sports


WORLD SERIES, 1968, by JIM DANIELS    Poem Source                 Poet's Biography
First Line: My mother's friend angie from work
Last Line: The world series, the world series ... %but I was still cold
Subject(s): Baseball; Sports


YANKEES BEND TO THE COOL, CLEAR WATER OF MIRRORS, by RODNEY TORRESON    Poem Source                
First Line: In the old days mirrors were wild
Last Line: They are calling it mother
Subject(s): Baseball; New York Yankees (baseball Team); Sports


YOGI, THOUGH YOU'RE NO ONE-EYED HUNCHBACK, by RODNEY TORRESON    Poem Source                
First Line: At the plate sometimes, your pendulum, a club
Last Line: Dressed in the dust of this world
Subject(s): Baseball; Berra, Laurence (yogi); New York Yankees (baseball Team); Sports


YOUR STREAK'S GENEROUS NATURE, by RODNEY TORRESON    Poem Source                
First Line: How it keeps the foul lines crying
Last Line: And perching at our door
Subject(s): Baseball; New York Yankees (baseball Team); Sports