Grand Slam Poetry

Light_90.jpgBy Steve Light

One-Hundred years after Baseball’s Sad Lexicon (“Tinkers, to Evers, to Chance”), baseball remains a sport that lends itself to poetic musings. With this in mind, the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum celebrated National Poetry Month last week by asking our visitors to express their love of baseball in poetic form.

04-28-10-Light_TinkersEversChance.jpgVisitors to the Museum were greeted with signs that asked, “What is Baseball to You?” After completing their tour through the Museum, many no doubt reliving and sharing their own baseball memories along the way, visitors could stop in the Education Gallery and record their own thoughts in special poetry journals set out for the week, or simply flip through and read what others had to say.

In all, we collected over 80 entries of poems and prose during the week, from young and old, Red Sox fans to Yankee fans. Taken in whole, our visitor entries get at the heart of what it means to be a baseball fan, and why it’s more than just a sport for many. As a Sox fan from Worcester wrote:

Baseball is History.
Common stories,
celebration, and disappointment,
always with the promise
of next year’s resurrection.

We thought we would share some of the collected poems here on our blog. Read them.

So, what is baseball to you?

Stephen Light is manager of museum programs at the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum.

2 Comments

Because I’m able to definitely relate to the issues of the baseball industry, I actually have noticed it to be even more tedious than expected to find non-repetitive and informative articles.Baseball Shirt

Baseball has changed. I use the phrase “When baseball was real.” Maybe there should be a poem about that, but for right now, I am searching forr a poem which a teacher gave to me in the 1950′s. The title is “April and Baseball Are Here.” If you are familiar with it, please send me a copy.

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