Penned by Ernest Thayer in 1888, [[ "Casey at the Bat"]] is a longform poem describing a typical baseball game, wherein the fans of the "Mudville Nine" are rooting for their beloved hitter Casey to win the game for them. An iconic poem in the annals of baseball history, it is possibly the UrExample of DownToTheLastPlay.
!! Tropes found in "Casey at the Bat":

* AnimatedAdaptation: Creator/WaltDisney has two of them: one in 1946 (recited by [[Disney/AliceInWonderland Jerry Colonna]] and set in 1902) as part of ''Disney/MakeMineMusic'', later released as an individual short in 1954; and a sequel, ''Casey Bats Again'', also released in 1954.
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* DownerEnding: ''"But there is no joy in Mudville -- mighty Casey has struck out."''
* DownToTheLastPlay: Casey invokes this trope by deliberately allowing the first two to pass. He did not win the game for Mudville.
* FanWorks: A section of [[ this collection of baseball poetry]] is devoted to "Casey at the Bat" and the many fan works it has inspired.
* {{Foreshadowing}}: The two lesser players up to bat before Casey both defy expectations by playing well. This sets us up for the ending.
* HopeSpot: The MiracleRally makes it look as if Mudville might win after all. Then Casey blows it.
* LastSecondShowoff: Casey deliberately lets himself get 2 strikes because hitting a game-winning home run on the last chance seems more dramatic, however he makes an ass of himself when it causes him to strike out and lose the game.
* MiracleRally: Subverted. Two despised lousy batters make it to base, and it looks like Mudville will come back at the last moment. Then their team hero, Casey, strikes out, losing the game.
* MundaneMadeAwesome: The poem treats its subject matter as though it is the most important thing ever, when it's really just a local game of baseball.
* NoCommunitiesWereHarmed: Some contended that Mudville was based on an actual location. One possibility is Holliston, Massachussetts; others say that Mudville was based on Stockton, California.
* RealityEnsues: If Casey hadn't stacked the deck against himself by deliberately taking the first two pitches for strikes, he might have batted in the tying run at least.
* ShaggyDogStory: The poem sure seems to build up Casey making the winning score for his team. Too bad it doesn't happen.
* TitleDrop:
--> ... if only Casey could get but a whack at that -\\
they'd put up even money, now, with ''Casey at the bat''.
* UnbuiltTrope: Being one of the first works to use the DownToTheLastPlay trope, it counts as unbuilt because it shows how stupid it is to invoke this trope. In fact, the trope was once ''named'' for Casey.
* WellThisIsNotThatTrope: PlayedForDrama in the last stanza. The last line of the next-to-last stanza misdirects the reader to think that Casey slammed the ball hard. Unfortunately, he hit nothing but air.
--> and now the air is shattered by the force of Casey's blow.
* WhamLine: ''"But there is no joy in Mudville -- mighty Casey has struck out."''