remained a pillar of popular journalism, and The National Police Gazette
prospered until 1977. Fox's mix of sex, sport and crime serves many well even
today, especially if you add weather.
Nuf Ced McGreevey
continued to preside over his sports saloon until Prohibition. To this day, no
Boston baseball team has won the championship of the world without Nuf Ced
being present at all home games.
invented basketball in 1891.
Drinkwater became one of the richest men in America, gaining his fortune
building ball yards and amusement parks outside the city, running streetcar
lines to them and selling real estate all along the way. The only locale where
this scheme did not work was Mudville, where, at considerable loss, Drink-water
let many land options lapse. Returning on the Titanic from his honeymoon with
his fourth wife, the Countess Nina von Munschauer, 23, Drinkwater went to a
Grumpy old Cyrus
Weatherly, the town miser, refurbished Mudville Grounds after the exciting '88
season, and for decades it was known as the Jewel of the Bushes. Taking this
cue, Alfred L. Evans Jr. urged his bank to support the redevelopment of the
entire East Side, and the area became a national model for downtown revival.
Only after World War I, when the East Side population had become largely
Italian, Lithuanian and Pole, were the old Mudville Grounds razed. In 1976 a
real estate developer put up middle-class housing for blacks. The area is now
known as Covent Gardens Estates, and on the actual site of the diamond where
Casey struck out is a 24-hour convenience store.
Timothy EX. Casey
finished the '88 season with Mudville, but though he continued to have a fine
year, the events of those days in late May and early June seemed to have
extracted some spirit from him that he never regained. He and Flossie became
engaged, and on the day after the season ended in September, they eloped.
The Caseys spent
the next couple of years traveling in America, investing their fortune in prime
real estate, buying downtown tracts in such promising minor league towns as
Dallas, Seattle and Los Angeles. However, Casey had never stopped thinking
about what Mr. Evans had once said to him in Mudville. So when Flossie became
pregnant, he went back to school, enrolling, in the autumn of 1891, in the very
first freshman class at a small new institution that was known as Leland
Stanford Jr. University. He graduated with high honors in 1895.
settled in Stockton, Calif., where he quickly made his mark in trolleys.
Flossie bore him four daughters, and Casey became a pillar of the
community—daily communicant, councilman and, finally, philanthropist.
became more and more famous, spawning vaudeville skits, books, paintings,
songs, movies, even a whole opera. The supposedly fictional Casey became
something of an American Dauphin, because for years all sorts of washed-up
ballplayers maintained that they had been the model for the Mighty One. But
after that famous day in Mudville, the real Casey only told one person who he
That was his
nephew George, son of Casey's lefthanded twin sister, Kate. Once in 1909, when
he had to travel East on trolley business, Casey visited Kate in Baltimore, and
the young lad seemed so keen on baseball that Casey took him over to a corner
table in the family saloon on Conway Street and told him the tale of '88.
"But Uncle Timothy, why did Mr. Thayer end his poem the way he did?"
young George asked.