Classical Kids Storytime: 'Casey at the Bat'

Classical Kids Storytime: Casey at the Bat Nancy Carlson for MPR
7min 41sec : Classical Kids Storytime: Casey at the Bat

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Casey steps up to the plate for the Mudville Nine, but can he save the day for the woeful baseball team? Find out what happens in Casey at the Bat, the latest episode of Classical Kids Storytime, featuring Americana classical music and original illustrations by Nancy Carlson.

(See more of Carlson's illustrations in the gallery.)

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Our telling of Casey at the Bat includes excerpts from the following works:

John Philip Sousa: The Thunderer
United States Air Force Band of the Golden Gate, Philip C. Chevallard
Altissimi 270532

Sousa: The Gladiator
Dallas Wind Symphony, Frederick Fennell
Reference 85

Sousa: Lily Bells (from "Our Flirtations");
Songs of Grace and Glory;
Last Days of Pompeii: 1. In the House of Burbo and Stratonice Nymphalin
The President's Own United States Marine Band, Jack T. Kline
Altissimi 205042

George Whitefield Chadwick: Tam o'Shanter
Filharmonie Brno, Jose Serebrier
Reference 2104

Victor Herbert: Hang March (from "Babes in Toyland")
Razumovsky Symphony Orchestra, Keith Brion
Marco Polo 223843

Courtesy of Naxos of America Inc.

Credits

Storyteller: Brian Newhouse
Story: Adapted from Casey at the Bat, by Ernest Lawrence Thayer
Illustrations: Nancy Carlson
Producer: Valerie Kahler
Digital producer: Seiji Cataldo
Senior digital producer: Randy Salas
Program director: Julie Amacher

Classical Kids Storytime: Casey at the Bat Nancy Carlson for MPR
The outlook wasn't brilliant for the Mudville nine that day. Nancy Carlson for MPR
And then when Cooney died at first -- Nancy Carlson for MPR
-- and Barrows did the same Nancy Carlson for MPR
A sickly silence fell upon the patrons of the game. Nancy Carlson for MPR
For there seemed but little chance of Casey's getting to the bat. Nancy Carlson for MPR
For Casey, mighty Casey, was advancing to the bat. Nancy Carlson for MPR
Then while the writhing pitcher ground the ball into his hip, Nancy Carlson for MPR
Defiance gleamed in Casey's eye -- Nancy Carlson for MPR
-- a sneer curled Casey's lip. Nancy Carlson for MPR
They saw his face grow stern and cold, they saw his muscles strain, and they knew that Casey wouldn't let that ball go by again. Nancy Carlson for MPR
And now the air is shattered by the force of Casey's blow. Nancy Carlson for MPR
Oh, somewhere in this favored land the sun is shining bright. Nancy Carlson for MPR
But there is no joy in Mudville -- mighty Casey has struck out. Nancy Carlson for MPR