Baseball and Poetry Have Gone Steady for Years

Poetry has existed since man has recorded their activities. Poetry and Baseball have hooked up since Abner Doubleday got this invention thing right. Let’s examine some of my personal baseball poetry and then I will share a link for an extensive list of poems related to baseball.

Being a Cardinals fan I suppose it is only fitting that a few of my favorite poems were written by the last Jack Buck. This one sums up my feeling about baseball very succinctly. It is called 365.

 

 

When someone asks you your favorite sport
And you answer Baseball in a blink
There are certain qualities you must possess
And you’re more attached than you think.
In the frozen grip of winter
I’m sure you’ll agree with me
Not a day goes by without someone
Talking baseball to some degree.
The calendar flips on New Year’s Day
The Super Bowl comes and it goes
Get the other sports out of the way
The green grass and the fever grows.
It’s time to pack a bag and take a trip
To Arizona or the Sunshine State
Perhaps you can’t go, but there’s the radio
So you listen-you root-you wait.
They start the campaign, pomp and pageantry reign
You claim the pennant on Opening Day

From April till fall
You follow the bouncing white ball
Your team is set to go all the way.
They fall short of the series
You have a case of the “wearies”
And need as break from the game
But when Christmas bells jingle
You feel that old tingle
And you’re ready for more of the same.
It will be hot dogs for dinner
Six months of heaven, a winner
Yes, Baseball has always been it.
You would amaze all your friends
If they knew to what ends
You’d go for a little old hit.
The best times you’re had
Have been with your Mom and your Dad
And a bat and a ball and a glove.

From the first time you played
Till the last time you prayed
It’s been a simple matter of love.

365 by Jack Buck

 

… and who can forget Jack Buck being the voice of calmness after the Tragedy of September 11th with this rendition….

Since this nation was founded under
God, more than 200 years ago,

We’ve been the bastion of
Freedom…

The light which keeps the free world
Aglow.

We do not covet the possessions of
Others, we are blessed with the
Bounty we share.

We have rushed to help other
Nations…anything…anytime…
Anywhere.

War is just not our nature…we
Won’t start, but we will end the fight.

If we are involved we shall be
Resolved to protect what we know is
Right.

We’ve been challenged by a
Cowardly foe who strikes and then
Hides from our view.

With one voice we say there’s no
Choice today, there is only one
Thing to do.

Everyone is saying the same thing
And praying that we end these
Senseless moments we are living.

As our fathers did before, we shall
Win this unwanted war.

As our children will enjoy the
Future, we’ll be giving.

We Shall Overcome by Jack Buck

There are tons of baseball poems. Why not take some time today and look them over. I would almost guarantee a smile will come over you face as you read some of them. Here is a good list to use.

Enjoy the day and why not hook up with MLB for some radio listening of Spring Training.

Member: United Cardinals Blogger

TWITTER