DeWolf Hopper
American actor
DeWolf Hopper
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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Today In History - Sports Radio ESPN 1420
Google News - almost 6 years
In 1888, actor DeWolf Hopper recited Ernest Thayer's poem "Casey At The Bat" for the first time. He recited the legendary poem more than 15-thousand times during his career. In 1918, the first airmail stamps were issued in six, 16 and 24-cent
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Joy in Mudville, Wherever It May Be
NYTimes - over 6 years
STOCKTON, Calif. -- They stepped on the field dressed as ballplayers from a bygone era: the hats smaller, the pants baggier, the gloves tighter than those of today. The unlikely rivals shook hands and slapped backs, exchanging pleasantries and barbs as they warmed up for a game some had crossed the country to play. The Mudville Base Ball Club, from
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Critic's Choice: New DVD's
NYTimes - almost 10 years
Reel Baseball: 1899-1926 I know about as much about baseball as I do about quantum physics, but I found much of the material in this two disc-set, recently released by Kino, absolutely fascinating. Cinephiles who reflexively avoid sports movies (not the most distinguished of genres) will find ''Reel Baseball: 1899-1926'' a thinly disguised attempt
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Ground as Hallowed as Cooperstown; Green-Wood Cemetery, Home to 200 Baseball Pioneers
NYTimes - almost 13 years
Before A-Rod and Jeter, there were J-Creigh and Woodward. That would be James Creighton Jr., the world's first true baseball star, and John B. Woodward, an outfielder who became a Union general in the Civil War. Both played for the Excelsior Club -- sort of the Yankees of the early 1860's -- and now both reside in the Green-Wood Cemetery in
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Mudville Journal; In 'Casey' Rhubarb, 2 Cities Cry 'Foul!'
NYTimes - almost 13 years
Just past the center of town, beyond the whitewashed church and town green, a handpainted sign on a telephone pole points west toward Mudville. It is home, some residents say, to the field where, with two out and two on in the ninth inning of a 4-2 game, a native son plunged a hamlet into sorrow with one unsuccessful swing. Along with the mention
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50 Selections for Registry
NYTimes - about 14 years
These are the first 50 items in added to the National Recording Registry, listed in chronological order: 1. Edison Exhibition Recordings (group of three cylinders): ''Around the World on the Phonograph,'' ''The Pattison Waltz,'' ''Fifth Regiment March'' (1888-1889) 2. The Jesse Walter Fewkes field recordings of Passamaquoddy Indians (1890) 3.
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Streetscapes/The Lambs Club; It Was Built for Theater Folks, Gambolers All
NYTimes - about 17 years
WITH the theoretical right to sell a developer the ability to add 75,000 square feet of space to a newly constructed building, the Church of the Nazarene should be swimming in cash in the Times Square real estate market. But hindered by location and legal requirements, they'll be happy if they get permission from the New York City Landmarks
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WASHINGTON TALK; Guess Who's on Deck
NYTimes - over 30 years
The Library of Congress is putting Casey at the bat again. It has reached deep into its collection of Americana and produced for sale to the public a multimedia version of Ernest L. Thayer's saga of the star and goat of Mudville. A 1909 recording of Thayer's epic tale of ''Casey at the Bat,'' swaggering to the plate for the Mudville Nine in the
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Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of DeWolf Hopper
  • 1935
    Age 76
    Died on September 23, 1935.
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  • 1927
    Age 68
    His autobiography, "Once a Clown, Always a Clown", written with the assistance of Wesley W. Stout, was published in 1927.
    More Details Hide Details The Charlatan Musical, Comedy, Opera Mr. Pickwick Musical Lorraine Musical, Comedy, Opera The Begum Musical, Comedy, Opera Casey at the Bat Special, Poem, Solo The Charlatan Musical, Comedy, Opera Wang Musical, Comedy, Operetta Fiddle-dee-dee Musical, Burlesque, Extravaganza Hoity Toity Musical, Burlesque Mr. Pickwick Musical Wang Musical, Comedy, Operetta Happyland Musical, Comedy, Opera The Pied Piper Musical, Comedy A Matinee Idol Musical, Comedy H.M.S. Pinafore Musical, Operetta Patience Musical, Operetta The Pirates of Penzance Musical, Operetta H.M.S. Pinafore Musical, Operetta The Mikado Musical, Operetta The Beggar Student Musical, Comedy, Opera The Mikado Musical, Operetta H.M.S. Pinafore Musical, Operetta Iolanthe Musical, Comedy, Operetta Lieber Augustin Musical, Operetta
  • 1921
    Age 62
    Snapshots of 1921 Musical, Revue
    More Details Hide Details Some Party Musical, Revue White Lilacs Musical, Operetta, Romance Radio City Music Hall Inaugural Program Special The Monster Play, Drama
  • 1917
    Age 58
    The Passing Show of 1917 Musical, Revue
    More Details Hide Details Everything Musical, Revue, Spectacle Erminie Musical, Comedy, Opera
  • 1906
    Age 47
    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.
    More Details Hide Details It was in The Black Hussar that Hopper first incorporated a baseball theme that drew notice in the sporting press. To accompany a song with a baseball stanza, "Mr. Hopper enacts the pitcher, Mr. Digby Bell, with a bird cage on his head and boxing gloves on his hands, plays catcher, while Mme. Mathilde Cottrelly handles a diminutive bat as striker and endeavors to make a 'home run.'"
  • 1889
    Age 30
    In 1889, Hopper became founding president of the Actors' Amateur Athletic Association of America.
    More Details Hide Details Back in 1886, besides organizing a regular ball team among actors, he played in a benefit game for a demented playwright. The following year, he helped organize an actor's benefit for a sick young actress. In the first inning, someone presented him with an eight-inch sunflower. Also in 1889, Bell, Hopper and fellow McCaull Comic Opera Company actor Jefferson De Angelis were doing the following skit for their third encore in Boccaccio. Bell returns "with a bat in his hand, followed by De Wolf Hopper and De Angelis. The latter has a ball, and as Hopper takes the bat in hand and Bell acts as catcher the former goes through the customary contortion act in pitching, and as Hopper hits the ball he runs off the stage, as if running the bases, and presently returns chased by De Angelis, who passes the ball to Bell as catcher just as Hopper makes a big slide for home base. The slider tumbles Bell, and when he rises from the somersault all three yell out to the audience for judgment ruling, and go off kicking like Anson and York captain Buck Ewing. It is a rich gag and takes immediately", the Brooklyn Eagle said. That year, Bell called Hopper "the biggest baseball crank that ever lived. Physically, of course, he is a corker, but when I say big I mean big morally and intellectually.
  • 1888
    Age 29
    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.
    More Details Hide Details Hopper helped make the comic poem famous and was often called upon to give his colorful, melodramatic recitation, which he did about 10,000 times in his booming voice, reciting it during performances and as part of curtain calls, and on radio.
  • 1887
    Age 28
    He achieved the status of leading man in The Black Hussar (1885) and appeared in the hit Erminie in 1887.
    More Details Hide Details Eventually, he starred in more than thirty Broadway musicals, including Castles in the Air (1890), Wang (1891), Panjandrum (1893), and John Philip Sousa's El Capitan (1896). The role that he remembered with greatest pleasure was Old Bill in The Better 'Ole (1919). Known for his comic talents, Hopper popularized many comic songs and appeared in a number of Gilbert and Sullivan comic "patter" roles from 1911 to 1915, including The Mikado, Patience, and H.M.S. Pinafore.
  • 1878
    Age 19
    He made his stage debut in New Haven, Connecticut, October 2, 1878.
    More Details Hide Details Originally, he wanted to be a serious actor, but at 6' 5" (196 cm) and 230 pounds, he was too large for most dramatic roles. He had a loud bass singing voice, however, and made his mark in musicals, beginning in Harrigan and Hart's company.
  • 1858
    Born on March 30, 1858.
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