On June 3, 1888, the San Francisco Examiner published Ernest Thayer's poem "Casey at the Bat: A Ballad of the Republic Sung in the Year 1988." It is a poem about baseball that ends with the home team hero striking out. It ends as follows:
Oh, somewhere in this favored land the sun is shining bright;
The band is playing somewhere, and somewhere hearts are light,
And somewhere men are laughing, and somewhere children shout;
But there is no joy in Mudville — mighty Casey has struck out.