Mudville Nine at Paradise Pisces

March 8, 1997

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A special CBA exhibition game featuring CBA's flagship team and the famed Mudville Nine team. Mudville achieved fame when Ernest Thayer wrote his enduring baseball poem "Casey at the Bat".

CBA invites you to visit the Casey at the Bat Special Plate.


Inning 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 Runs Hits Errors
Mudville 1 0 3 0 3 1 0 0 0 8 13 1
Pisces 3 0 0 0 0 0 3 0 0 6 7 0


Mudville-8 at Pisces-6

DP-Double Play; E-Error; FO-Fly Out; GO-Ground Out; HR-Homerun
K-Strikeout; LO-Lineout; T-Triple; W-Walk; - Single; = Double


Mudville-8 at Pisces-6

AB-At Bats; H-Hits; HR-Homeruns
RBI-Runs Batted In; B AVE-Batting Average

Pitching Details

W-Won; L-Lost; IP-Innings Pitched; H-Hits
R-Runs ER-Earned Runs; W-Walks; K-Strikeouts

Game Notes & Comments

Homeruns Cooney
Triples Rabensky
Doubles Cooney, Farrakhan, Flynn, Perrone
Errors Barrows
Doubleplays Mudville-2

Stolen Bases Jones-1
Caught Stealing
Umpires Shakespeare, Gingrich, Rodman
Game Time 3 hours, 12 minutes
Attendance 31,003


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First of all, it's amazing that this game ever took place. The Mudville Nine are not an official cosmic team. And while this isn't the first time a cosmic team has played a non-cosmic team, the last time it happened was way back in 1981 when the Pisces played the 1980 Philadelphia Phillies. (Parenthetically, that 1981 game was the last time CBA formally recognized Major League Baseball as a valid and moral entity.)

The details of how this game came about will have to be transcribed and studied at another later time, because our purpose here is to review the game's details. What happened inside Paradise Park when the players took the field concerns us now.

Mudville shortstop Scooter Cooney whacked Socrates' first pitch over the right field wall to start the game with a homer. Never laconic, Socrates uttered some sharp words as Cooney rounded third and headed for home. The Pisces pitcher must have pumped himself up because he retired the next three batters in order.

The Pisces sent three players around the circuit in their portion of the first inning thanks to some quite wild pitching by the Mudville starter, Pete Jones. Three walks and two singles later, the home team was up 3-1. There was joy in the air in Paradise.

Socrates put the other side down in order as Casey led off the Mudville second with a swinging strikeout. Casey's .504 batting average did not intimidate the Athenian sage. And Jones kept up his wildness but no damage occurred as the Pisces stranded two. At the end of two, the Pisces still had the lead, 3-1.

In the top of the third, Mudville sent nine batters to the plate. Two walks, three singles and a double netted three Mudville runs. The Pisces went down in order. So after three innings, the men of Mudville led 4-3. There was now more than a hint of trouble in Paradise.

The fourth was quiet, except for Cooney's two-out single that went for naught. The score stayed the same as Mudville led, 4-3.

In the fifth inning Mudville's batsmen opened up another barrage, shelling poor Socrates with a single, two doubles and Rabensky's triple, all together posting another three runs. Despite a lead-off throwing error by Cooney allowing the poet Corso to reach first, the Pisces laid a goose egg and by the end of the fifth inning they fell behind 7-3.

In the sixth, Mudville added another run when Casey hit an RBI single to score Flynn. The Pisces were quiet at the plate and the score now stood at 8-3 after six innings of play. Paradise Park was quiet.

In the Mudville seventh centerfielder Rabensky got aboard with a sharp line drive that whizzed by Socrates' head. But Rabensky was stranded as neither Jones nor Cooney could advance him. After the seventh inning stretch the Pisces came to bat with a ferocity that got the crowd quickly back into the game. Sage Socrates led off with a sound single knocked into leftfield and then secondbaseman Louis Farrakhan blasted a ball that a fan grabbed on a bounce, a ground-rule double. With runners at second and third, Corso knocked an RBI single into leftfield scoring Socrates while Farrakhan advanced to third. The next batter, Mick Jagger, walked and the bases were loaded. Capone and Goddard, are both nightmare batters for pitchers but Jones was sly and got both out using a tricky screwball on Capone and a dropout curver on rocket-man Goddard. With two out and the bases loaded Allen Ginsberg came up to bat. Now the beat poet has struggled at the plate during the pre-season and manager Henry Miller most certainly would have sent in a pinch hitter had this been a regular season contest, but it wasn't and Miller let Ginsberg get his licks. After a working the count full, Ginsberg slapped a single to right centerfield scoring Farrakhan and Jagger. Now the Pisces were down by only two runs, and the go ahead run in the person of Ms. Virginia Woolf came to the plate. But she quickly grounded out to end the inning. At the end of seven, the Pisces narrowed Mudville's edge, the score stood 8-6.

And that was all the scoring for the day. The last two innings were offensively quiet as the pitchers on both sides got in a groove. Socrates retired six straight and Jones gave up a single to Jagger in the bottom of the ninth when the whiff of another rally was extinguished with a fine Mudville 6-4-3 doubleplay off the sharply hit grounder by Capone to end the game. The game was done. Mudville had beaten Paradise, 8-6.

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Published: March 8, 1997

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