A hundred and twenty-eight years ago today, Mudville began its long, long years of mourning, thanks to Ernest Lawrence Thayer's poem published in the The San Francisco Examiner.
It was the last thing Thayer ever wrote for the Examiner, and one of the last pieces he ever wrote professionally. He moved back east, published a few pieces in the New York Journal and then turned to running his family's mills in Worcester, Mass. In 1912 he retired from mill management, got married and moved to Santa Barbara. Thayer died in 1940 at 77 years of age.
Casey -- and the tragedy of his overconfidence -- remain immortal.