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1 presented by our friends at baseball is EducationA TEACHER’S GUIDE TO THE 2nd ANNUAL EDUCATION DAY10:30 a.m. • WEDNESDAY, APRIL 28th, 2010presented by our friends at
2 Aerial view of Joe Davis Stadium, Huntsville, AL. TABLE OF CONTENTSINTRODUCTION PAGE 2MATHEMATICS PAGESSCIENCE PAGESSOCIAL STUDIES PAGESLANGUAGE ARTS PAGESAerial view of Joe Davis Stadium, Huntsville, AL.1Baseball is Education is presented by Mathnasium, The Little Gym and NAECU.
3 INTRODUCTION FOR EDUCATORS This Teacher’s Guide was designed and created to provide you with a training aid that takes education outside the classroom and onto the baseball diamond. The ideas, lesson plans and instruction provided in this booklet are a guide for you, the frontline educator, to assist you in creating interesting, educationally appropriate ideas to assist in our 2nd Annual Education Day scheduled for Wednesday, April 28th, at Joe Davis Stadium at 10:30 a.m.Educators have provided ideas and suggestions for this booklet. You responded with your expertise, time and enthusiasm. You represent what’s right in our schools today - educators that care about making learning innovative and exciting for their students! We are proud to announce that Mathnasium The Math Learning Center, The Little Gym and the North Alabama Educators Credit Union (NAECU) have partnered with the Stars as the official sponsors of this unique program.This guidebook has been designed by educators for educators. Although, it’s geared towards grades K – 8, it can be tailored to meet the needs of any classroom.This booklet has been organized with the following concerns:Educators customize their lesson plans to meet the needs of their students.Educators may use parts of a lesson plan to create or customize their own plan.Educators have the flexibility to use this plan to integrate ideas into their current studies.Educators can use baseball as a daily example of why education is important.This curriculum has been divided into four basic areas of study: MATHEMATICS, SCIENCE, SOCIAL STUDIES AND LANGUAGE ARTS. The provided lesson plans have been designed as complete, top-to-bottom lesson plans. Each focused lesson plan contains exercises to be dealt with in the classroom, at our Education Day game at Joe Davis Stadium, and after the game has been completed as follow-up or additional learning.We sincerely appreciate your school’s or classroom’s participation, and we truly hope that you’ll find this event worthwhile, educational and enjoyable. Additionally, we welcome any specific ideas or comments that would improve Education Day or this booklet for future Education Days.Was the guide easy to use?Were there errors, typos, etc.? Please let us know so we can make the appropriate corrections.Was there an activity that stood out from the rest or one your students enjoyed more than others?Did you enhance or customize any of the lesson plans? Please share your ideas.Were there any plans or ideas that ‘struck out swinging?’ If there was something inappropriate or something that should have been left out, please let us know.As in the game of baseball, this guide will only get better with practice. On that note, we’d like your ideas for future booklets. Please send your ideas, comments, lesson plans and other feedback to us at2Baseball is Education is presented by Mathnasium, The Little Gym and NAECU.
4 MATHEMATICS • LESSON PLAN #1 Baseball is EducationMATHEMATICS • LESSON PLAN #1THE SHAPE OF THE GAMEChildren will be able to:Sort or identify objects based on multiple attributesObjectives:The child will identify common shapes in the environment; to combine shapes to make a new whole, to develop concepts of properties of shapes, especially the consistency of the properties regardless of orientation of the shape.Materials:Pictures of baseball fields/stadiums, in lieu of or in addition to experience with a real field; pattern blocks, building blocks, or parquetry blocks; paper versions of those blocks (commercial or child-made).Before the Game:Practice identifying shapes in the environment by noting those in the classroom, the playground, and at home (homework assignment?). Look for what might be found at the game by looking at pictures of baseball fields or talking about children’s previous experience with baseball fields from playing, watching TV or seeing games before.At the Game:Examine the baseball field to find shapes such as circles, squares, triangles, rectangles, ovals and other shapes. Record by drawing on a pad, listing, reporting to a recorder (adult), or by reporting back after the game. Be sure to draw attention to the baseball diamond…it is a square! Have children stand at various places when taking their seats to see the game from a variety of perspectives.Beyond the Game:Children can work in teams to make a drawing or model of a baseball field, stadium, scoreboard or portion of any of those using a combination of simple shapes. These can be made using pattern blocks, building blocks, tan grams, parquetry blocks or any combination of those. Paper versions or photographs can record the work. Children should be able to name the shapes they used and what they represented.3Baseball is Education is presented by Mathnasium, The Little Gym and NAECU.
5 BASEBALL DIAMOND DIMENSIONS 4Baseball is Education is presented by Mathnasium, The Little Gym and NAECU.
6 MATHEMATICS • LESSON PLAN #2 Baseball is EducationMATHEMATICS • LESSON PLAN #2DOUBLE PLAYChildren combine two (or three or four) numbers taken from players’ jerseys to make a target total (100, 50, 25, etc…).Students will be able to:• Add or subtract whole numbers and explain, illustrate or select thinking strategies for making computations.Objectives:The child will use a variety of strategies to determine a variety of number combinations that would meet a target number such as 100.Materials:Stars Game Day Roster Insert or listing of players by jersey number, paper, pencil and calculator.Before the Game:Practice combining numbers to make target numbers…especially combinations which equal ten or one hundred. Use ten charts, hundred charts, two-color chips, unifix cubes, place value blocks and more to explore combinations. Explore using a calculator, too.At the Game:Informally use mental computations to add pairs of numbers such as the total of the value of the jersey numbers of the pitcher and the catcher, or the pitcher and the current batter; the total of the jerseys of two (or more) players making a double play (or of those caught in a double play), etc.Beyond the Game:Set a target number (such as 100) and have the children work in teams using copies of the player roster to find as many combinations of player numbers to equal that target. How many can you find using just two numbers? What is the highest number of player numbers to total 100?Other variations: Play with other ways to reach a target number: Can you find two people in class whose weight is equal to 100 (or another target number)? Can you research the building population to find two (or three or more) classrooms whose total number of children is 100 (or other target number)?5Baseball is Education is presented by Mathnasium, The Little Gym and NAECU.
7 HUNTSVILLE STARS ROSTER 6Baseball is Education is presented by Mathnasium, The Little Gym and NAECU.
8 MATHEMATICS • LESSON PLAN #3 Baseball is EducationMATHEMATICS • LESSON PLAN #3ROAD TRIPStudents will be able to:• Add or subtract whole numbers and explain, illustrate or select thinking strategies for making computations.Objectives:The child will use a variety of strategies to calculate the time involved for determined distances with varied speeds.Materials:Southern League Road Map with mileage and time charts.Before the Game:Practice calculating the time needed to travel between Southern League cities. Add variations of bus speed, timed lunch breaks and other trip interruptions. Compute miles per gallon and expected fuel costs based on current gas prices.At the Game:Determine what amount of time is needed for the Chattanooga Lookouts to return home to Chattanooga, Tennessee from Huntsville at an average speed of 60 mph (or other variations).Beyond the Game:Have students calculate estimated arrival times for local road trips between school and various points of interest in Madison County using speed and distance. As a class project, using the Stars 2010 schedule, determine how many miles the Stars will travel during the 2010 baseball season.Other variations:Have students plan a family vacation with a limited amount of funds available for travel and entertainment. Set fuel costs. Where will the student’s family travel? Have students calculate mileage and fuel consumption based on their family car.7Baseball is Education is presented by Mathnasium, The Little Gym and NAECU.
9 Stadium-to-Stadium Driving Distances & Times ROAD TRIP91023416875##TeamParent ClubStadium1Birmingham Barons (Birmingham, AL)Chicago White SoxRegions Park2Carolina Mudcats (Zebulon, NC)Cincinnati RedsFive County Stadium3Chattanooga Lookouts (Chattanooga, TN)Los Angeles DodgersBellSouth Park4Huntsville Stars (Huntsville, AL)Milwaukee BrewersJoe W Davis Stadium5Jacksonville Suns (Jacksonville, FL)Florida MarlinsBaseball Grounds of Jacksonville6Mississippi Braves (Pearl, MS)Atlanta BravesTrustmark Park7Mobile BayBears (Mobile, AL)Arizona DiamondbacksHank Aaron Stadium8Montgomery Biscuits (Montgomery, AL)Tampa Bay RaysMontgomery Riverwalk Park9Tennessee Smokies (Kodak, TN)Chicago CubsSmokies Park10West Tenn Diamond Jaxx (Jackson, TN)Seattle MarinersPringles ParkStadium-to-Stadium Driving Distances & TimesTeamBIRCARCHAHSVJAXMISMBLMONTENWTNMilesTime1Birmingham Barons598.09:10160.52:24119.01:53460.07:28226.03:22256.03:4985.61:20288.64:25241.34:332Carolina Mudcats496.97:55600.19:41461.77:01820.712:24769.411:40599.09:11365.65:50689.410:433Chattanooga Lookouts105.11:50465.27:08383.05:39403.45:56233.03:27132.32:08259.23:564Huntsville Stars566.68:52334.35:00362.45:26192.32:57233.63:51183.93:295Jacksonville Suns597.29:25411.26:08376.86:14529.18:04720.611:006Mississippi Braves185.5243.64:13511.57:40295.54:297Mobile BayBears171.92:35532.07:58388.26:518Montgomery Biscuits361.65:29314.35:369Tennessee Smokies324.64:5510West Tenn Diamond JaxxMileage and travel times listed above were obtained from Yahoo Maps® and determined by using stadium address-to-address calculations. Your actual distances and travel times may vary depending on weather conditions, road construction, traffic and speed. Please use this mileage guide only as an estimate. Don’t drink and drive, drive safely, respect the laws of the road, drop some classic R\rock into your car’s sound system, kick it up a few notches, rock on and we’ll see you down the road!8Baseball is Education is presented by Mathnasium, The Little Gym and NAECU.
10 2010 HUNTSVILLE STARS SCHEDULE APRMAYJUNSUNMONTUEWEDSATFRITHUSUNMONTUEWEDSATFRITHUSUNMONTUEWEDSATFRITHU1231BIR1MOB7:002MOB7:003MOB7:004MOB7:005TEN45678CHA9CHA10CHA2BIR3BIR4WTN7:005WTN7:006WTN7:007WTN7:008WTN6:006TEN7TEN8TEN9TEN10CAR11CAR12CAR11CHA12CHA1314JAX7:0015JAX7:0016JAX7:0017JAX6:00910MTG11MTG12MTG13MTG14MTG15TEN6:0013CAR14CAR1516MTG7:0017MTG7:0018MTG7:0019MTG6:0018JAX1:0019WTN20WTN21WTN22WTN23WTN24CHA6:0016TEN1:0017TEN7:0018TEN7:0019TEN1:0020MIS21MIS22MIS20MTG1:002122JAX23JAX24JAX25JAX26JAX25CHA1:0026CHA7:0027CHA7:0028CHA10:3029BIR30BIR23MIS24MIS2526BIR7:0027BIR7:0028BIR7:0029BIR6:0027JAX2829CHA7:0030CHA 5:00DH30BIR1:0031MOB4:00JULAUGSEPSUNMONTUEWEDSATFRITHUSUNMONTUEWEDSATFRITHUSATSUNMONTUEWEDSATFRITHU1CHA7:002CHA7:003CHA6:001MIS1:002CAR7:003CAR7:004CAR7:005CAR7:006CAR7:007TEN1MTG2MTG3MOB7:004MOB6:004TEN5TEN6TEN7CHA8CHA9CHA10CHA8TEN9TEN10TEN11TEN12WTN7:0013WTN7:0014WTN6:005MOB1:006MOB1:00111314MIS7:0015MIS7:0016MIS7:0017WTN6:0015WTN1:0016WTN1:001718BIR19BIR20BIR21BIRAWAYOPPTIMEHOME18WTN1:0019WTN7:0020WTN1:002122JAX23JAX24JAX22BIR23MTG7:0024MTG7:0025MTG1:0026MOB27MOB28MOBSouthern League All-Star Game7:30 pm, July 12th, 2010Joe Davis Stadium, Huntsville25JAX26JAX2728MIS7:0029MIS7:0030MIS7:0031MIS6:0029MOB3031MTGSOUTHERN LEAGUE TEAMSTICKET PRICES & PACKAGESNORTHERN DIVISIONCAR Carolina Mudcats (Cincinnati Reds)CHA Chattanooga Lookouts (Los Angeles Dodgers)HSV Huntsville Stars (Milwaukee Brewers)TEN Tennessee Smokies (Chicago Cubs)WTN West Tenn Diamond Jaxx (Seattle Mariners)SOUTHERN DIVISIONBIR Birmingham Barons (Chicago White Sox)JAX Jacksonville Suns (Florida Marlins)MIS Mississippi Braves (Atlanta Braves)MOB Mobile BayBears (Arizona Diamondbacks)MTG Montgomery Biscuits (Tampa Bay Rays)SKYBOX SUITE RATES (FOOD & DRINK EXTRA)10-person: $225 • 15-person: $300 • 25-person: $500GROUP TICKETSSave money by purchasing group tickets to enjoy a game with your family and friends. Your group will receive a PA Announcement welcome to the game and have your group’s name printed in our Game Day Roster Insert. The cost per ticket for groups is: $6 (20-49), $5 (50-99) and $4 (100+).PICNIC AREAAll-You-Can-Eat Picnic and game ticket: $18 per person. Picnic begins when the gates open and lasts three hours. A minimum of 50 people is required to reserve a picnic. For exclusivity of the picnic area a minimum group size of 100 is required for Sundays - Wednesdays and 150 for Thursdays - Saturdays.SEASON TICKETSEasily the most economical way to watch the Huntsville Stars, season tickets also offer the most benefits. Season Ticket Holders will receive blank-date tickets that can be used for any 2010 home game. This package also includes a ticket for the 2010 Southern League All-Star Game and free home playoff tickets, if applicable…$385 per seat.All scheduled games, times, locations, promotions, giveaways and events are subject to change without notice. For the latest game or team information, call (256) , or log onto the team’s official website atSouthern League rules prohibits bringing outside food and beverage into Joe Davis Stadium. All Bags are subject to search.Please drink responsibly and use a designated driver!E-NEWSLETTERIf you’re a hard-core fan and want to receive updates and discount offers that are not advertised anywhere else, log on to our website at and look for the team newsletter sign-up box near the bottom of the home page. No personal information is required to receive this free e-newsletter except for your address. Sign up today!9Baseball is Education is presented by Mathnasium, The Little Gym and NAECU.
11 MATHEMATICS • LESSON PLAN #4 Baseball is EducationMATHEMATICS • LESSON PLAN #4NINETY FEETChildren explore the magical distance of 90’ (the distance between bases) through movement, estimation, measurement, counting and the use of a variety of measurement units.Students will be able to:Apply the use of tools to measure length.Use mental, paper-and-pencil and physical strategies to determine time elapsed.Objectives:The students will use a variety of materials and strategies to analyze a specific distance, concentrating on estimation strategies.Materials:A variety of materials to use for measuring units (unifix cubes, large paper clips, pencils, books, toothpicks, etc.), stopwatches, paper and a pencil.Before the Game:Measure and mark off 90’ in the hallway or outside on the playground. Determine how many X (hands, feet, cubes, blocks, books, pencils, baby steps, giant steps, scissors steps, etc.) would equal the 90’.At the Game:Give groups of three-to-five children a stopwatch, pencil and paper to record. Periodically, children may time the speed of a player’s run from one base to another and record the number of seconds.Beyond the Game:Using the 90’ distance you marked off at school and the timed runs as recorded at the game as baselines, estimate how quickly you could run it, walk it, skip it, hop on one foot or walk backwards. Ask students to compare the distance of running the bases in baseball (a home run) to a football player running 100 yards for a touchdown. Which player ran farther?10Baseball is Education is presented by Mathnasium, The Little Gym and NAECU.
12 MATHEMATICS • LESSON PLAN #5 Baseball is EducationMATHEMATICS • LESSON PLAN #5CALCULATINGChildren use calculators to experiment with a variety of number computations.Students will be able to:• Add and subtract whole numbers and explain, illustrate or select thinking strategies for making computations.Objectives:The child will use a variety of strategies (and a calculator) to solve mathematical problems.Materials:Calculators, newspaper sports pages (especially the box scores from the game the children just attended).Before the Game:List all of the things a person can quantify (use numbers to talk about) related to a baseball game. These can include all the statistics the newspapers include about the game as well as fan attendance, food sales, money taken in through ticket sales, number of non-players in uniform, number of times your row had to stand up to let someone in or out, number of water fountains or restrooms, and as many as the children can think of.At the Game:Children choose some events or items they would like to count and record and maintain their count(s).Beyond the Game:Children can use the information from the game, from newspapers and from team stats on the next page to determine the following using their calculators:The number of hits by outfielders for a season…if for the whole season the three outfield positions hit, on average, the same as they did the day of the game.The number of females attending the game if each section had the same number as their own section.The number of inches of mustard, if spread from one end of a hot dog to the other on every hot dog, if each person who bought a ticket that day averaged one hot dog each.The number of times people in a row would stand if every person in it got up two times each during the game…for one game, and then for the season and more.The children will be able to think of MANY things!11Baseball is Education is presented by Mathnasium, The Little Gym and NAECU.
13 STARS 2008 FINAL TEAM STATS12Baseball is Education is presented by Mathnasium, The Little Gym and NAECU.
14 Baseball is Education SCIENCE • LESSON PLAN #1 13 RAIN DELAY The children will describe the weather on the day of the game and apply their understanding of weather to other game conditions.Students will be able to:• Make predictions about the weather from observed conditions and weather maps.Objectives:The child will create a simple weather report.Materials:Thermometers, weather sections of newspapers, video of weather portions of news, paper and pencil.Before the Game:As a class, children will make observations of weather on a daily basis and devise means to record their weather observations. These should include notations of temperature, precipitation and sky conditions. Periodically, watch on television or on videotape some weather reports and discuss what is included in these reports and how they are expressed and explained. How do the weather reporters use maps, tables, charts and graphic displays to communicate and explain the weather to their viewers?At the Game:Make careful observations of the weather conditions on game day. Note the temperature in the Huntsville Times or on before you leave your school.Beyond the Game:Children make a full weather report of the game day conditions. This project provides them an opportunity to combine their experiences with television weather casting and the weather conditions they experienced at game day. These may be videotaped, recorded or simply enjoyed by their classmates.Other Variations:Discuss why baseball games are canceled or postponed due to certain weather conditions. Have children research the relationship between other sports and weather conditions. Are football games canceled when it rains or when it is cold? Why or why not? What about soccer, hockey, basketball, horse racing, auto racing, fishing or other sports?13Baseball is Education is presented by Mathnasium, The Little Gym and NAECU.
15 COMPETITION IS THE MOTHER OF INVENTION Baseball is EducationSCIENCE • LESSON PLAN #2COMPETITION IS THE MOTHER OF INVENTIONChildren conceptualize an invention that would improve the performance of a particular position player on a baseball team or an invention that would make the job of a stadium worker a little bit easier.Students will be able to:• Explain the operation of a simple mechanical device.Objectives:The child will observe events and explain how to affect a change in that event for a specific purpose.Materials:Paper and pencilBefore the Game:List the people who they will likely be able to observe at the ballgame. What are their roles and functions? Children choose which roles they would like to analyze in order to invent for them. Teams of children can decide to work for the pitcher, the batter, a fielder, the catcher, the ticket taker, the food vendor, the usher or the fan.At the Game:As the children enjoy the game, they also should make careful observation of their ‘client’ and of their movements and of the tools they use. Also, make note of the inventions already in place: bills on the players’ caps, change dispensers for the vendors, the weight rings (doughnuts) on the batters’ bats before batting, rosin (talc) for the pitcher, binoculars and a big scoreboard for the fans and more.Beyond the Game:Teams discuss the observations they made of their ‘client’ at the ballgame. Choose one component of that person’s actions or an attribute of the tools they use or of the stadium/environment itself and invent a way to improve or simplify their performance. His or her improvements might consist of a more efficient way of moving, an improvement on a tool, a new tool to use, an adjustment made to the working environment, or something the ‘client’ might wear. Diagrams and descriptions of these inventions can be shared with the other teams of inventors and the best ones may be sent to the Stars.14Baseball is Education is presented by Mathnasium, The Little Gym and NAECU.
16 THE GREATEST DISTANCE IS SOUND Baseball is EducationSCIENCE • LESSON PLAN #3THE GREATEST DISTANCE IS SOUNDStudents will be able to:• Make inferences from observations of phenomena• Predict the inferences of the motion of some objects on other objects• Evaluate a simple procedure to carry out an explorationMaterials:Hammer or piece of wood the size of a hammer, baseball bat (aluminum and/or wooden bat), rulerBefore the Game:Hold the bat horizontally with one hand. With your other hand, pick up a hammer or piece of wood. Strike the bat at points that are one inch (2.5 cm) apart. Start at the heavier end of the bat. Listen to the sound the bat makes each time you hit it (note all changes of sound as you move from one end to the other).1. What did you notice about the sound of the bat each time you hit it?2. Where is the spot that makes the clearest, most solid sound?3. Measure how far this spot is from the thick end of the bat (inches or cm).4. Why do you think this spot is called the “center of percussion”? (Hint: Which band instruments are called percussion instruments?)At the Game:Observe the sound that the Stars players’ bats make. Are these sounds different from the sounds of your bat? Do ground balls sound differently than fly balls? Have various students close their eyes for one half inning of the game. Have these students attempt to determine the distance that the ball traveled based on the sound of the bat. Have your students track the difference between their “guess” and the actual distance of the ball.Beyond the Game:Experiment with other sports equipment (tennis racket, racquetball racket, hockey stick, etc.) to find the “center of percussion.” Graph your findings. Why do professional players use wooden bats whereas collegiate players down through Little League use aluminum bats? Note that collegiate baseball players are now slowly being required to switch from aluminum bats to wooden bats. Why?15Baseball is Education is presented by Mathnasium, The Little Gym and NAECU.
17 Baseball is Education SCIENCE • LESSON PLAN #4 16 THE CENTER OF GRAVITYStudents will be able to:• Make predictions then inferences from observations of phenomena• Evaluate a simple procedure to carry out an exploration• Evaluate conclusions based on scientific dataMaterials:Variety of baseball bats, two feet of stringBefore the Game:On every bat, there is a spot where the weight is concentrated. This spot is called the center of gravity. The students can find the spot by following the directions.1. Instruct the student to predict where they think the center of gravity may be located.2. Take the string and tie it to the bat somewhere around the middle. Make the knot loose becauseyou may need to slide the knot up and down the bat.3. Let the bat hang horizontally from the string so that the bat becomes balanced. This is the time when the knot should be adjusted to enable the bat to hang balanced.4. When the bat becomes balanced, this spot is the center of gravity for the bat. Measure the distance from the thick end of the bat to the place at which the knot is balancing the bat.5. How far off were students from their predictions?At the Game:Observe players’ baseball bats as they step up to home plate. Which players appear to have the largest baseball bats? Does this players’ personal and baseball statistics justify him using this size bat?Beyond the Game:Ask students about other careers that require materials that are perfectly balanced? List those materials. Discuss reasons why different players use bats of different sizes.16Baseball is Education is presented by Mathnasium, The Little Gym and NAECU.
18 SOCIAL STUDIES • LESSON PLAN #1 Baseball is EducationSOCIAL STUDIES • LESSON PLAN #1INTERVIEW, INQUIRE, INVESTIGATE: WHAT CAN YOU FIND OUT AT THE BALLPARK?Children determine what they would like to know and how they can find it out when visiting Joe Davis Stadium.Students will be able to:Identify and describe the relationship between human activity and the environment.Objectives:The children will explore the richness of a particular environment and experience by anticipating, planning ahead and seeking out information and understanding through a variety of observations and discussions.Materials:Books about baseball, sporting events, occupations, different stadiums and cities; steno pads and pencils.Before the Game:Hold multiple discussions about what to expect to see and learn at the Education Day baseball game. After the discussion, each child should have several specific plans for observation and gathering information. Some methods might be questioning other fans, interviewing an employee, counting, estimating and sketching what they see, and thinking of specific questions for further research upon their return.At the Game:Children enjoy the game while actively observing and making mental notes of information the class has identified as being of interest. Interviews can be conducted as opportunity affords. Children may choose to sketch or make notes on their pads to record the information they are seeking.17Baseball is Education is presented by Mathnasium, The Little Gym and NAECU.
19 (INSERT YOUR NAME HERE) STADIUM Baseball is EducationSOCIAL STUDIESLESSON PLAN #2(INSERT YOUR NAME HERE) STADIUMChildren, to any level of complexity and with a variety of focuses, create their own version of a baseball stadium. This can be done on paper, as a classroom center, or in make-believe. It could also take over the classroom for a time.Students will be able to:Identify and/or describe the relationship between human activity and the environment.Objectives:Children will apply their understanding of economics, occupations and services in developing a model of a baseball stadium.Materials:Child-made props, books about baseball and stadiums, samples of “real” programs, tickets, job applications, paychecks, child-made signs and advertisements, child-made applications, tickets, money, and programs.Before the Game:As a class, plan a day at the ‘ballgame’ within the classroom. Discuss the roles that students can take on, the settings and props to be designed and made and the details to be developed.At the Game:Be very observant and gather examples of hard data (tickets, programs, even food wrappers) to assist in designing the class stadium.Beyond the Game:Open the ballpark in the classroom: offer applications and interviews for prospective employees, develop advertising, design and create the physical representation of the stadium itself, hold try-outs for players, make real or pretend (paper, clay, cardboard) food, develop roles (such as player, fan, ticket-taker, manager, vendor, announcer, etc.) and allow opportunities for children to take on multiple roles. Discuss what worked, what didn’t, and why!18Baseball is Education is presented by Mathnasium, The Little Gym and NAECU.
20 Baseball is Education SOCIAL STUDIES LESSON PLAN #3 19 CONCESSION STANDChildren gather information to develop and run their own version of a stadium concession stand.Students will be able to:Apply the counting and collection of coins and bills in a buying situation.Identify the factors of production needed to produce various goods and services.Classify various economic activities as examples of production and consumption.Objectives:Develop a menu for a classroom concession stand based on student preferences and feasibility, estimate costs of common items based on prior experiences and on remaining competitive prices design and make signage and advertisements, and apply knowledge of occupations involved through role-playing (Example: Concessions and Merchandise).Materials:Steno pads, paper, cardboard, clay, paint, markers and pencils.Before the Game:Predict what will be available at the game’s concession stand and the prices. Make a list of things to look for while at the game and prepare a few students with assignments to record information on steno pads.At the Game:Selected students can copy foods and prices from concession stands. All students should notice what the other fans are eating (especially non-student fans) and make mental notes of the ‘best’ foods and the ones not so appealing. Also, remind students to give attention to methods of sale and advertising.Beyond the Game:Students open a concession stand in the classroom. They can work in teams to make their own menus and prices (based on a surveyed interest of classmates) and set up a structure and roles for acting out the concession stand.Other Variations:Give various budgets to fans. Ask “What can you buy for $5?” and require students to think of three different meal combinations for one amount. Ask what they can buy with a specified amount to share among three people or what can they buy with a $5 bill and still have “folding money” left for their mom and/or dad. Workers in the concession stand should find ways to “push” items that are underselling.19Baseball is Education is presented by Mathnasium, The Little Gym and NAECU.
21 CONCESSION STAND PRICING HOT DOGS $3.00 SOFT DRINK (SMALL) $3.00HAMBURGER $5.00 SOFT DRINK (LARGE) $4.50CHEESEBURGER $5.00 BOTTLED WATER $2.50SAUSAGE $4.00POPCORN $3.00 PEANUTS $3.00ICE CREAM $3.00 NACHOS $5.0020Baseball is Education is presented by Mathnasium, The Little Gym and NAECU.
22 Baseball is Education SOCIAL STUDIES LESSON PLAN #4 21 DISTANCE LEARNINGChildren research the cities of the Stars opponents.Students will be able to:Demonstrate map skills by identifying selected major reference points on earth.Demonstrate map skills by using a map key to understand map symbols and a linear scale to measure distances on a map, and a direction indicator.Objectives:The child will use map skills to describe locations of places on a map and compare features of his/her local community with that of other communities.Materials:Southern League map (see page eight of this booklet)Before the Game or Beyond the Game:Children work in teams to research a city in the Southern League. At least one team of children should choose the team the Stars will face on the Education Day game (Chattanooga Lookouts). Some areas of research could include:1. Population of the city2. Products and occupations of the city3. Distance to the city from Joe Davis Stadium4. Other professional sports teams from the same city or area5. Historical facts of interest6. Famous people born in the cityEach team should determine and access sources for information (people, books, chambers of commerce, team front offices, internet, etc.) and then work together to decide how to share the information about their city with the rest of the class. Showcasing could include: posters, maps, tables and graphs, skits, drawings, etc.21Baseball is Education is presented by Mathnasium, The Little Gym and NAECU.
23 Huntsville Stars Timeline Baseball is EducationSOCIAL STUDIESLESSON PLAN #5HISTORYStudents will be able to:Demonstrate knowledge of and ability to think about, the relationship among events by grouping events on a timeline.Objectives:To develop a timeline of historical events in the history of the Huntsville Stars and Alabama.Materials:Reference materials, InternetBefore the Game:Create a list of at least three important dates and events to record on a timeline. Visit a library or the Internet to find three events in Alabama history that occurred between 1985 and Design a timeline to represent all your information.At the Game and Beyond the Game:Share your tidbits of Stars and Alabama history with others at the game. Return to your classroom and share the new information learned at the game.Huntsville Stars TimelineHuntsville Stars join Southern League as the AA affiliate of the Oakland A’s. The team wins its 1st of three Southern League championships.Stars & Lookouts play a tripleheader to end the 2008 regular season.Stars sign an agreement with the Milwaukee Brewers.Stars win SL Championship.Stars lose SL finals.Stars lose SL Finals.Stars win SL championship.8586878889909192939495969798990001020304050607080922Baseball is Education is presented by Mathnasium, The Little Gym and NAECU.
24 Baseball is Education SOCIAL STUDIES LESSON PLAN #6 23 IMPACTING A CITYStudents will be able to:Demonstrate knowledge of and ability to think about the relationship among events by recognizing that change occurs in history.Identify the factors of production needed to produce various goods and services.Identify the factors that influence consumer decisions to demand goods and services; producerdecisions to supply goods or services.Objectives:To determine the impact the Huntsville Stars baseball team has on the Huntsville area.Materials:Huntsville Stars website (www.huntsvillestars.com), newspaper articles, chart paper and markers.Before the Game:Divide the class into groups of 3-4 students. Ask students to use the Internet, newspapers and any other resources to find out as much as possible about the Huntsville Stars. Each small group will record on chart paper all the ways the Stars has impacted the area. Remind students to think about the factors of production (land, labor, capital and entrepreneurship). Students will bring responses back to the large group. Select a reporter from each group to share responses with the class. Group similar responses. Leave charts hanging in the classroom.At the Game and Beyond the Game:Interview as many people as possible to find out their views on how the Huntsville Stars and Joe Davis Stadium have impacted the Huntsville area. Discuss any additions to the classroom chart. Analyze the list to determine which changes are positive and which changes are negative and why. Discuss the economics of what professional baseball or other small businesses bring to the region (hotels and restaurants for visiting teams and fans, apartments for players, salaries for year-round staff spent locally, etc.).23Baseball is Education is presented by Mathnasium, The Little Gym and NAECU.
25 MY LIFE AS A BAT (BATTER, UMPIRE…) Baseball is EducationLANGUAGE ARTSLESSON PLAN #1MY LIFE AS A BAT (BATTER, UMPIRE…)The children will take on the perspective of people or objects related to baseball.Students will be able to:Elicit a long fictional narrative using the writing process to make the subject clear as evidenced by the use of a variety of words, a response that stays on topic and the use of detail to support the topic.Objectives:The child will write an essay from the perspective of an object or person related to baseball.Materials:Paper and pencilBefore the Game:After reading a variety of baseball oriented literature, children will choose to become a bat, ball, pitcher, umpire, hot dog, vendor, etc. and begin a preliminary draft of a composition written from the perspective of that object or person. Discuss an author’s need to research his/her topics and to take notes from authentic experiences. Then each student makes a list of what to look for and pay attention to at the game in order to contribute detail and interest to their composition.At the Game and Beyond the Game:Gather sensory experiences for the story. Think of descriptive words to represent the sights, sounds, smells, tastes and feelings surrounding your ‘character’ in the composition. Complete the composition incorporating the information, experiences and words learned from the game.24Baseball is Education is presented by Mathnasium, The Little Gym and NAECU.
26 Baseball is Education LANGUAGE ARTS LESSON PLAN #2 25 GRATITUDE EXPRESSEDChildren will compose a letter, note, or card of thanks.Students will be able to:Compose a short written piece (friendly letter, thank you note) using the writing process to make the intention clear as evidenced by a response that stays on topic, the use of detail to support the topic and the use of a variety of wordsObjectives:The child will produce a written product for a specific purpose.Materials:Paper and pencil, markers, card stock and other media as required by the children’s ideas.Beyond the Game:Discuss reactions to the game and the importance of expressing positive reactions to the appropriate audience. Students may decide to express their appreciation to those responsible for purchasing tickets, to a specific ball player for an entertaining game, to an employee of the Stars organization, an usher or ticket-taker, an umpire for a good call, or to their teachers or parents who served as chaperones.Other Variations:Encourage children to use their imaginations when formatting the communication. For instance, the card may take the structure of a scoreboard, be written in the language of a radio sportscaster giving play-by-plays or composed as a comic strip that represents a sequence of events in the game.25Baseball is Education is presented by Mathnasium, The Little Gym and NAECU.
27 Baseball is Education LANGUAGE ARTS LESSON PLAN #3 26 THE SPORTS REPORTERSChildren gather facts from a baseball game and use those facts to compose an article reporting on the game and/or act as a sportscaster describing the game.Students will be able to:Demonstrate an understanding of language and elements of nonfiction by responding to items in which they analyze the text, examine, compare and contrast, explore cause and effect, and/or give fact and opinion.Objectives:The child will express thoughts effectively through written word or drawing and will orally share experiences.Materials:Paper and pencil, steno pads, newspapers and magazines, video clipsBefore the Game:Read and discuss some published articles describing baseball games found in real newspapers and magazines. List how the reporters described who, when, where, what, and how in the articles. Discuss what kinds of things the reporter probably looked for, did and wrote down while at the event he/she wrote about. Assign teams of children to be responsible for reporting on one different inning at the game. Children could follow one player’s performance to report on. Decide what information is important to gather. Each team should plan how they will record or remember the information it needs.At the Game and Beyond the Game:The teams of children will implement the plans for observing and recalling information from the game. Teams work to compile their observations to share with an audience. Children may represent their news through a collaborative written paragraph, a list of information or through sequential drawings.Other Variations: If you wish your children to extend their work by giving an oral presentation (sportscast or sports reporting), bring in videos of televised sports reporting from ESPN, FOX or network TV to watch and discuss. Then, videotape the presentations to share with parents or other audiences.26Baseball is Education is presented by Mathnasium, The Little Gym and NAECU.
28 Baseball is Education LANGUAGE ARTS LESSON PLAN #4 27 ROVING REPORTERS Students will be able to:Given a nonfiction text to read, students will demonstrate an understanding of language and the elements of nonfiction by responding to items in which they summarize the text and use of graphic aids.Objectives:To write a news story related to a baseball game.Materials:Sports section of the newspaper, account of Education Day at Joe Davis Stadium, notebook.Before the Game:Read the sports section with the class. Analyze the components of a newspaper article. As a class, write a descriptive, yet fictional account of a sporting event. Include all necessary components.At the Game and Beyond the Game:Students will take notes to include in a news article. Students may choose to write about the game day (a player, Education Day at the Ballpark, the game crowd, etc.) or perhaps interview individuals at Joe Davis Stadium. Students write the news articles and put them together to create a class sports page. Share the sporting news with the rest of the school. PLEASE CONTACT THE STARS STAFF BEFORE APRIL 9TH IF YOU HAVE STUDENTS WHO WISH TO INTERVIEW PLAYERS/COACHES BEFORE THE START OF THE EDUCATION DAY GAME!27Baseball is Education is presented by Mathnasium, The Little Gym and NAECU.
29 MINOR LEAGUE BASEBALL TEAMS MINOR LEAGUE BASEBALL CLASSIFICATIONS 1. Aberdeen IronBirds (SS)2. Akron Aeros (AA)3. Albuquerque Isotopes (AAA)4. Altoona Curve (AA)5. Arkansas Travelers (AA)6. Asheville Tourists (A)7. Auburn Doubledays (SS)8. Augusta GreenJackets (A)9. Arizona League Angels (R)10. Arizona League Athletics (R)11. Arizona League Brewers (R)12. Arizona League Cubs (R)13. Arizona League Giants (R)14. Arizona League Mariners (R)15. Arizona League Padres (R)16. Arizona League Rangers (R)17. Arizona League Royals (R)18. Bakersfield Blaze (A+)19. Batavia Muckdogs (SS)20. Beloit Snappers (A)21. Billings Mustangs (R)22. Binghamton Mets (AA)23. Birmingham Barons (AA)24. Bluefield Orioles (R)25. Boise Hawks (SS)26. Bowie Baysox (AA)27. Bowling Green Hot Rods (A)28. Brevard County Manatees (A+)29. Bristol Sox (R)30. Brooklyn Cyclones (SS)31. Buffalo Bisons (AAA)32. Burlington Bees (A)33. Burlington Royals (R)34. Carolina Mudcats (AA)35. Casper Ghosts (R)36. Cedar Rapids Kernels (A)37. Charleston RiverDogs (A)38. Charlotte Stone Crabs (A+)39. Charlotte Knights (AAA)40. Chattanooga Lookouts (AA)41. Clearwater Threshers (A+)42. Clinton LumberKings (A)43. Colorado Springs Sky Sox (AAA)44. Columbus Catfish (A)45. Columbus Clippers (AAA)46. Connecticut Defenders (AA)47. Corpus Christi Hooks (AA)48. Danville Braves (R)49. Dayton Dragons (A)50. Daytona Cubs (A+)51. Delmarva Shorebirds (A)52. Dunedin Blue Jays (A+)53. Durham Bulls (AAA)54. Elizabethton Twins (R)55. Erie SeaWolves (AA)56. Eugene Emeralds (SS)57. Everett AquaSox (SS)58. Fort Myers Miracle (A+)59. Fort Wayne TinCaps (A)60. Frederick Keys (A+)61. Fresno Grizzlies (AAA)62. Frisco RoughRiders (AA)63. Gulf Coast League Blue Jays (R)64. Gulf Coast League Braves (R)65. Gulf Coast League Cardinals (R)66. Gulf Coast League Dodgers (R)67. Gulf Coast League Indians (R)68. Gulf Coast League Marlins (R)69. Gulf Coast League Mets (R)70. Gulf Coast League Nationals (R)71. Gulf Coast League Orioles (R)72. Gulf Coast League Phillies (R)73. Gulf Coast League Pirates (R)74. Gulf Coast League Red Sox (R)75. Gulf Coast League Reds ®76. Gulf Coast League Tigers (R)77. Gulf Coast League Twins (R)78. Gulf Coast League Yankees (R)79. Great Falls Voyagers (R)80. Great Lakes Loons (A)81. Greeneville Astros (R)82. Greensboro Grasshoppers (A)83. Greenville Drive (A)84. Gwinnett Braves (AAA)85. Hagerstown Suns (A)86. Harrisburg Senators (AA)87. Helena Brewers (R)88. Hickory Crawdads (A)89. High Desert Mavericks (A+)90. Hudson Valley Renegades (SS)91. Huntsville Stars (AA)92. Idaho Falls Chukars (R)93. Indianapolis Indians (AAA)94. Inland Empire 66ers (A+)95. Iowa Cubs (AAA)96. Jacksonville Suns (AA)97. Jamestown Jammers (SS)98. Johnson City Cardinals (R)99. Jupiter Hammerheads (A+)100. Kane County Cougars (A)101. Kannapolis Intimidators (A)102. Kingsport Mets (R)103. Kinston Indians (A+)104. Lake County Captains (A)105. Lake Elsinore Storm (A+)106. Lakeland Flying Tigers (A+)107. Lakewood BlueClaws (A)108. Lancaster JetHawks (A+)109. Lansing Lugnuts (A)110. Las Vegas 51s (AAA)111. Lehigh Valley IronPigs (AAA)112. Lexington Legends (A)113. Louisville Bats (AAA)114. Lowell Spinners (SS)115. Lynchburg Hillcats (A+)116. Mahoning Valley Scrappers (SS)117. Memphis Redbirds (AAA)118. Midland RockHounds (AA)119. Mississippi Braves (AA)120. Missoula Osprey (R)121. Mobile BayBears (AA)122. Modesto Nuts (A+)123. Montgomery Biscuits (AA)124. Myrtle Beach Pelicans (A+)125. Nashville Sounds (AAA)126. New Britain Rock Cats (AA)127. New Hampshire Fisher Cats (AA)128. New Orleans Zephyrs (AAA)129. Norfolk Tides (AAA)130. Northwest Arkansas Naturals (AA)131. Ogden Raptors (R)132. Oklahoma City RedHawks (AAA)133. Omaha Royals (AAA)134. Oneonta Tigers (SS)135. Orem Owlz (R)136. Palm Beach Cardinals (A+)137. Pawtucket Red Sox (AAA)138. Peoria Chiefs (A)139. Portland Beavers (AAA)140. Portland Sea Dogs (AA)141. Potomac Nationals (A+)142. Princeton Rays (R)143. Pulaski Mariners (R)144. Quad Cities River Bandits (A)145. Rancho Cucamonga Quakes (A+)146. Reading Phillies (AA)147. Reno Aces (AAA)148. Rochester Red Wings (AAA)149. Rome Braves (A)150. Round Rock Express (AAA)151. Sacramento River Cats (AAA)152. Salem Red Sox (A+)153. Salem-Keizer Volcanoes (SS)154. Salt Lake Bees (AAA)155. San Antonio Missions (AA)156. San Jose Giants (A+)157. Sarasota Reds (A+)158. Savannah Sand Gnats (A)159. Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Yankees (AAA)160. South Bend Silver Hawks (A)161. Spokane Indians (SS)162. Springfield Cardinals (AA)163. St. Lucie Mets (A+)164. State College Spikes (SS)165. Staten Island Yankees (SS)166. Stockton Ports (A+)167. Syracuse Chiefs (AAA)168. Tacoma Rainiers (AAA)169. Tampa Yankees (A+)170. Tennessee Smokies (AA)171. Toledo Mud Hens (AAA)172. Trenton Thunder (AA)173. Tri-City Dust Devils (SS)174. Tri-City ValleyCats (SS)175. Tulsa Drillers (AA)176. Vancouver Canadians (SS)177. Vermont Lake Monsters (SS)Visalia Rawhide (A+)179. West Michigan Whitecaps (A)180. West Tenn Diamond Jaxx (AA)181. West Virginia Power (A)182. Williamsport Crosscutters (SS)183. Wilmington Blue Rocks (A+)184. Winston-Salem Dash (A+)185. Wisconsin Timber Rattlers (A)186. Yakima Bears (SS)MINOR LEAGUE BASEBALL CLASSIFICATIONSMinor League Baseball is nicknamed the ‘Farm System.’ It’s where all of the future Major League superstars play today; to learn, improve and climb the ladder towards playing for a Major League team.There are six levels of Minor League Baseball.They are (from top to bottom):AAA Triple AAA Double AA+ A-AdvancedA ASS Short Season AR RookieThe Huntsville Stars are the AA Affiliate of the Milwaukee Brewers. Only four Stars players per year on average ultimately make it to the Major Leagues! All players realize that their odds are slim and that having an education is of utmost importance in assisting in with their goals. Being able to compute their batting averages, or calculate bat speed when swinging at pitches, or clocking themselves running 90 feet…knowing that an education is needed to play the game of baseball is paramount to a player’s success!The Stars players also realize that there is a life after baseball, nobody plays forever, and that an education is needed for every player’s future. Baseball is Education, a wonderful tool to motivate, educate and inspire the youth of today!28Baseball is Education is presented by Mathnasium, The Little Gym and NAECU.
30 MADISON COUNTY DEMOGRAPHICS BY SEX##Male185,930Female190,823BY AGEUnder Age 522,7415 - 924,77025,92727,90326,10847,16958,64956,78222,69618,66226,50914,68885 & Older4,149Median Age37.40BY ADULTS18 & Older286,66321 & Older267,57062 & Older56,81365 & Older45,346BY RACEWhite282,652Black82,542Hispanic9,961Asian8,650Native4,910Other4,054Island437ZIP CODE3567135739357413574835749Total Population2,1253,8912,6025,44713,186% White58.60%93.70%92.20%88.00%74.20%% Black34.90%2.80%5.00%8.80%21.80%% American Indian and Alaska Native1.10%1.00%0.90%1.20%0.80%% Asian0.30%0.50%0.20%% Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander0.00%% Other5.10%2.10%1.40%1.80%2.20%Total Households8141,5429602,0514,470Median household income in 1999$32,458$36,574$54,948$40,000$55,046Per capita income in 1999$15,080$16,470$27,940$18,530$21,148357503575635757357583575911,8904,2007,53330,4014,30593.50%57.10%80.40%79.80%88.10%2.90%39.90%15.60%13.40%8.20%1.30%0.60%0.40%0.70%3.40%1.90%1.70%2.70%4,2531,6062,65111,6421,572$40,508$41,151$56,971$62,550$59,556$16,966$17,409$24,086$27,249$25,61635760357613576335773357764,7878,2947,2049,5803,89695.80%86.80%84.30%95.00%7.70%3.60%12.20%2.40%0.10%2.30%3.20%1.50%1,9223,0952,5193,4871,534$35,000$36,520$62,114$38,894$34,710$19,158$17,392$28,414$16,422$15,912358013580235803358053580622,42520,44525,65121,09611,17387.00%87.50%90.40%58.10%71.80%9.70%7.00%34.30%21.70%4.10%2.50%3.00%4.20%2.60%10,3139,4319,8969,4814,941$44,539$55,364$61,776$22,370$56,184$32,843$34,125$26,802$14,447$28,21635808358103581135816358242,36928,23023,83315,4873,14656.90%26.00%70.80%32.30%68.40%31.70%70.30%26.20%61.70%22.40%2.00%5.50%8.10%3.30%49010,7958,6456,6821,508$35,435$37,351$46,328$23,540$52,049$14,860$17,453$19,831$15,156$32,229Madison CountyCity of HuntsvilleCity of MadisonHuntsville Metro Area 1POPULATION1980 Census196,966145,6046,081242,9711990 Census238,912159,78914,904293,0472000 Census276,700158,21629,329342,3762007 Estimate312,734171,32738,275386,632% Growth13.0%8.3%30.5%12.9%HOUSEHOLDS67,08251,1132,04082,44091,20863,0585,967110,893109,95566,74211,143134,643RACE (Census 2000)PopulationWhite72.1%64.5%80.1%74.3%Black22.8%30.2%21.0%Asian & Pacific Islander2.0%2.3%3.6%1.7%Other Races3.1%3.0%3.3%INCOME & AGE (Census 2000)Average Household Income$57,220$55,856$72,432$55,343Per Capita Income$23,091$24,015$27,821$22,073Median Age35.736.734.5Source: U.S. Census Bureau (www.census.gov)1 Includes Madison and Limestone counties.29Baseball is Education is presented by Mathnasium, The Little Gym and NAECU.
31 CASEY AT THE BAT by ERNEST L THAYER The outlook wasn't brilliant for the Mudville nine that day,The score stood four to two, with but one inning more to play.And then when Cooney died at first, and Barrows did the same,A pall-like silence fell upon the patrons of the game.A straggling few got up to go in deep despair. The restClung to that hope which springs eternal in the human breast.They thought, "if only Casey could but get a whack at that.We'd put up even money now, with Casey at the bat."But Flynn preceded Casey, as did also Jimmy Blake;And the former was a hoodoo, while the latter was a cake.So upon that stricken multitude, grim melancholy sat;For there seemed but little chance of Casey getting to the bat.But Flynn let drive a single, to the wonderment of all.And Blake, the much despised, tore the cover off the ball.And when the dust had lifted, and men saw what had occurred,There was Jimmy safe at second and Flynn a-hugging third.Then from five thousand throats and more there rose a lusty yell;It rumbled through the valley, it rattled in the dell;It pounded through on the mountain and recoiled upon the flat;For Casey, mighty Casey, was advancing to the bat.There was ease in Casey's manner as he stepped into his place,There was pride in Casey's bearing and a smile lit Casey's face.And when, responding to the cheers, he lightly doffed his hat,No stranger in the crowd could doubt t'was Casey at the bat.Ten thousand eyes were on him as he rubbed his hands with dirt.Five thousand tongues applauded when he wiped them on his shirt.Then, while the writhing pitcher ground the ball into his hip,Defiance flashed in Casey's eye, a sneer curled Casey's lip.And now the leather-covered sphere came hurtling through the air,And Casey stood a-watching it in haughty grandeur there.Close by the sturdy batsman the ball unheeded sped"That ain't my style," said Casey…"Strike one!" the umpire said.From the benches, black with people, there went up a muffled roar,Like the beating of the storm waves on a stern and distant shore."Kill him! Kill the umpire!" shouted someone on the stand,And it's likely they'd have killed him had not Casey raised his hand.With a smile of Christian charity, great Casey's visage shone,He stilled the rising tumult, he bade the game go on.He signaled to the pitcher, and once more the dun sphere flew,But Casey still ignored it, and the umpire said, "Strike two!""Fraud!" cried the maddened thousands, and echo answered "Fraud!"But one scornful look from Casey and the audience was awed.They saw his face grow stern and cold, they saw his muscles strain,And they knew that Casey wouldn't let that ball go by again.The sneer has fled from Casey's lip, the teeth are clenched in hate.He pounds, with cruel violence, his bat upon the plate.And now the pitcher holds the ball, and now he lets it go,And now the air is shattered by the force of Casey's blow.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 little children shout,But there is no joy in Mudville -- mighty Casey has struck out.This cast bronze statue depicts the immortal Mighty Casey, from the poem "Casey at the Bat." Standing tall at 14 ½ feet, Casey is an original statue which stands at Dolphins Stadium (Davie, FL), the home of the Florida Marlins. It is one of four Casey statues made by Colorado artist Mark Lundine. A miniature version of this statue is located in the ground floor lobby of Space Coast Stadium, the home of the Huntsville Stars sister team, the Brevard County Manatees, in Viera, FL. Stadium. A second full-sized statue is located outside Space Coast Stadium.30Baseball is Education is presented by Red Robin, NAECU & Off Campus College Bookstore
32 CASEY AT THE BAT by ERNEST L THAYER In 1858, the first known baseball song was written, The Base Ball Polka! It was not quite as famous as Jack Norworth's 1908 classic, Take Me Out to the Ball Game, which was written on some scrap paper on a train ride to Manhattan, New York. Norworth then provided those lyrics to Albert Von Tilzer who composed the music which in turn was published by the York Music Company and before the year was over, a hit song was born. Ironically, like a Paul Harvey story, Norworth never personally attended a baseball game until nearly 40 years after writing his famous song!Below are the complete original lyrics to the song, telling a story of young Katie Casey, the original baseball junkie, who shunned society and the theatre for the thrill of the ballpark and the game of ‘Base’ as it was called at the time. Today, as is customary in thousands of baseball stadiums worldwide, we sing only the chorus of the song during the 7th inning stretch (see bold print below), but it’s worth this space to tell the rest of the story behind the song we all have grown to love and enjoy.Katie Casey was base ball mad. She had the fever and had it bad;Just to root for the home town crew, Ev'ry sou (cent) Katie blew.On a Saturday, her young beau, Called to see if she'd like to go,To see a show, But Miss Kate said, "No,I'll tell you what you can do.“"Take me out to the ball game. Take me out with the crowd. Buy me some peanuts and cracker jack, I don't care if I never get back, let me root, root, root for the home team, If they don't win it's a shame. For it's one, two, three strikes, you're out, At the old ball game.“Katie Casey saw all the games, Knew the players by their first names;Told the umpire he was wrong, All along good and strong.When the score was just two to two, Katie Casey knew what to do,Just to cheer up the boys she knew,She made the gang sing this song:TAKE ME OUT TO THE BALL GAME31Baseball is Education is presented by Mathnasium, The Little Gym and NAECU.