DeWolf Hopper

Born Mar 30, 1858

William DeWolf Hopper was an American actor, singer, comedian, and theatrical producer. Although a star of the musical stage, he was best-known for performing the popular baseball poem Casey at the Bat.

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1858 Birth Born on March 30, 1858.


1878 20 Years Old He made his stage debut in New Haven, Connecticut, October 2, 1878. … Read More
1887 29 Years Old He achieved the status of leading man in The Black Hussar (1885) and appeared in the hit Erminie in 1887. … Read More


1888 30 Years Old A lifelong baseball enthusiast and New York Giants fan, he first performed Ernest Thayer's then-unknown poem Casey at the Bat to the Giants and Chicago Cubs the day his friend, Baseball Hall of Fame pitcher Tim Keefe had his record 19-game winning streak stopped, August 14, 1888. … Read More
1889 31 Years Old In 1889, Hopper became founding president of the Actors' Amateur Athletic Association of America. … Read More


1906 48 Years Old He released a recorded version on phonograph record in 1906, and recited the poem in a short film made in the Phonofilm sound-on-film process in 1923. … Read More


1917 59 Years Old The Passing Show of 1917 Musical, Revue … Read More


1921 63 Years Old Snapshots of 1921 Musical, Revue … Read More
1927 69 Years Old His autobiography, "Once a Clown, Always a Clown", written with the assistance of Wesley W. Stout, was published in 1927. … Read More
1935 78 Years Old Died on September 23, 1935.
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