Date: Mon, 15 Dec 1997 20:06:49 -0500 From: Gerald Cohen Subject: Re: 'Mudville" I have a sportswriter friend who swears that Mudville is actually Stockton, California. I tend to trust him becuase he's one of those guys who knows EVERYTHING about baseball, but he also suffer's from sportswriter's disease (a.k.a. alcoholism). --Dan Marcus -----Original Message----- From: Gerald Cohen To: ADS-L[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]UGA.CC.UGA.EDU Date: Sunday, December 14, 1997 12:00 PM 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] > > gcohen[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]