June 2017 Articles

The Poet and the Pitch

One of America’s foremost poets began her writing career as a contributor to Bryn Mawr’s literary magazine, Tipyn O’Bob. Marianne Moore, Class of 1909, was also 
a diehard sports fan who wrote the liner notes for I Am the Greatest, Muhammad Ali’s spoken word album 
and rooted for the Brooklyn Dodgers and, after their departure to Los Angeles, the New York Yankees.

She immortalized her love of the game in Baseball and Writing, and famously threw out the first ball of the Yankees’ season opener on April 10, 1968.

Moore got a November 15 birthday shout-out on Garrison Keillor’s The Writer’s Almanac.

From the blog: “She went to Bryn Mawr College, where she hoped to study English literature, but after 
a professor wrote a disparaging comment on one of 
her papers, she switched to biology. Working in a 
laboratory had a profound effect on her writing. 
She said, ‘Precision, economy of statement, logic […] drawing and identifying, liberated [my] imagination.’”

Fanaticism? No. 
Writing is exciting
and baseball is 
like writing.
You can never tell 
with either
how it will go
or what you will do….

Excerpt from 
Baseball and Writing, 1961

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