Carl Sandburg

(6 January 1878 – 22 July 1967 / Illinois)

Hits And Runs Poem by Carl Sandburg


I REMEMBER the Chillicothe ball players grappling the Rock Island ball players in a sixteen-inning game ended by darkness.
And the shoulders of the Chillicothe players were a red smoke against the sundown and the shoulders of the Rock Island players were a yellow smoke against the sundown.
And the umpire's voice was hoarse calling balls and strikes and outs and the umpire's throat fought in the dust for a song.

Submitted: Monday, January 27, 2014

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