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101 Baseball Book Signing

by Bill Tobin
April 19, 2015

Author Josh Pahigian visited Mudville on Saturday and met with the Holliston Mudville Baseball team at Casey's and signed his book 101 Baseball  Places to See Before You Strike Out that includes a chapter acknowledging Holliston as the home of the Thayer's Casey at the Bat poem.

It was a fun day at Casey's as author Josh Pahigian signed copies of his book 101  Baseball Places to Visit Before you Strike Out. that includes a visit to Holliston as the home of  Eugene Thayer's poem, Casey at the Bat.

Members of the Hollison Mudville Baseball Team were on hand to welcome Josh to the original site of where mighty Casey struck out.

Mayor Bobby Blair was one of the first to have his book autographed by Josh, as he provides the garden setting for the Jesse Green statue of Casey at the Bat.

Josh Pahigian is the author of several baseball related books and has contributed articles to newspapers and other publications. He currently teaches undergraduate writing at the University of New England. A Massachusetts native now claiming Maine as his home is a graduate of the Holy Cross College in Worcester.

Mayor Blair told interesting stories about the many visitors to the Casey statue located in his garden, that included folks asking if his was the home to Mr. Casey. He also noted that many out of state vehicles came by to see Casey, making Holliston a great tourist attraction.

Selectmen Chair Kevin Conley who is also a member of the Mudville Baseball Team welcomed Josh Pahigian to Holliston and thanked him for honoring the original home of Casey.

Representative Carolyn Dykema presented the official House of Representatives congratulatory recognition to Josh for his committment in preserving the history of America's favorite pastime.

Josh shared the moment with Carolyn and John "Choo Choo" Shannahan, Captain  of  Mudville Baseball.

Mudville Baseball Team bat boy, "Diamond Jim"  Hunter gave Josh a Mudville bean pot to remember the day. Josh commented that he never had a bean pot.

Above is the original wooden School Street statue of Casey at Bat, that is now located appropriately at the Casey Tavern.


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