Posted by League Commissioner on May 31, 2012 0 Comments
Walt "Wally" Whitman, the erstwhile center fielder for the American Canons and pitcher for the Cosmic All-Stars, turns 193 today.
While very much the crafty veteran, the joy and exuberance with which Whitman takes the field while platooning with R.W. Emerson is evidenced in every bare-footed step he takes in the outfield grass.
In celebration of his birthday, we're presenting an excerpt from his little-known poetic homage to his American Canons teammate and captain, Ahab.
from "O Captain! My Captain!"
O CAPTAIN! my Captain! our fearful season's done; The team has weatherd every series, the penant we sought is won; The trophy's near, the fans I hear, the scoreboard us exulting, While follow eyes the final strike, the bleachers are rejoicing: But O heart! heart! heart! I think my eyes do fail, Where on the mound my Captain stands, He's pitching to a whale.
O Captain! my Captain! rise up and hear the cheers; Rise up–for you the crowd goes mad–for you they chug their beers; For you they clap and chant your name–for you bleachers are a-crowding; For you they call, the waving mass, their eager faces turning; Here Captain! dear pitcher! With an arm as if a wish It is some dream that on the mound, Youre throwing to a fish.
My Captain does not answer, he thinks only of the hitter; My pitcher does not hear my voice, he sends forth his final splitter; The season's ended safe and sound, the final road-trip done; The last game, then on a plane, come in with penant won; Exult, O fans, and blare, PA system! But I, surprised and sick, Watch my Captain dragged from the field, Attached to Moby-Dick.
Posted by League Commissioner on November 12, 2011 0 Comments
Novel-T is crazy about Walt Whitman. We're so crazy for Whitman, in fact, that we offer two Walt Whitman t-shirts: our standard Walt Whitman jersey and our Walt's With Me special edition tee shirt.
Whitman is taught less and less in high schools, so fewer readers are encountering him these days. If you don't know where to start, consider "Crossing Brooklyn Ferry" and "Song of Myself." No matter how many times we've done it, reading those poems always puts us in a good mood.
We're also put in a good mood when we discover other folks that are ecstatic about Walt Whitman. Memorably, about a year ago we were tuned in to the first episode of the Discovery Channel's "Brewmasters" show and were delighted to see Dogfish Head's Sam Calagione sporting a Whitman jersey. Cheers, Sam. And cheers to you, too, Walt!
Posted by League Commissioner on September 22, 2011 0 Comments
Novel-T is proud to announce that to celebrate our second birthday, our special edition "Walt's With Me" Walt Whitman t-shirt is now on sale.
Printed on an American Apparel tri-blend jersey, our Walt's With Me shirt is so comfortable you won't want to take it off at the end of the day. And we think Walt, of all people, would be cool with the idea of dancing the night away with you in your dreams.