End of ADS-L Digest - 12 Dec 1997 to 13 Dec 1997 ************************************************ Subject: ADS-L Digest - 13 Dec 1997 to 14 Dec 1997 There are 3 messages totalling 105 lines in this issue. Topics of the day: 1. 'Mudville" (3) ---------------------------------------------------------------------- Date: Sun, 14 Dec 1997 11:07:38 -0500 From: Gerald Cohen Subject: 'Mudville" I recently received a request from _Boston Globe_ writer Robert Smith for help in locating the original town Mudville (assuming it existed) that inspired E.L. Thayer in his poem "Casey at the Bat." I replied that the town is almost certainly mythical, like "Dogpatch" of the Li'l Abner comic strip. I quoted from Paul Dickson's baseball dictionary and also referred Mr. Smith to onomastics scholar Leonard Ashley. Mr. Smith replied: "I still hold hope of finding the mythical Mudville, so I would appreciate you querying your learned friends [at ads-l]. E.L. Thayer never pinpointed the place, but he grew up in central Massachusetts and some in these parts are convinced it is here." A definitive answer might be available from the Massachusetts Historical Society (I'll check the address tomorrow). Meanwhile, are any ads-l subscribers able to help out Mr. Smith by shedding any light at all on "Mudville?" --Gerald Cohen gcohen[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]umr.edu