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Kaleid1891_97_baseballpoem1

Kaleid1891_97_baseballpoem1
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“Baseball hath charms no pastime can surpass; / It hath the power to make a man an ass.” So begins and ends this mocking poem, published in the 1891 Kaleidescope. The verse reflects late-19th-century Middlebury students’ enthusiasm for baseball, regardless of the weather: “Although the sun may scorch creation brown, / Man’s passion for baseball will never down. / The rain descends, in torrents though it fall, / It cannot daunt the devotees of ball.”

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