Ernest Thayer's "Casey at the Bat" was first published in the San Francisco Daily Examiner in 1888. Thayer's background is examined here as the basis for determining the origins of the colorful characters behind his "Ballad of the Republic"--men who may have been "Casey, " "Flynn, " "Cooney" and other members of the Mudville Nine.Moore, Jim is the author of 'Ernest Thayer's "Casey at the Bat": Background and Characters of Baseball's Most Famous Poem' with ISBN 9780899509976 and ISBN 0899509975.
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