New York: c. 1930.
1 p. on "Hotel Ansonia" letterhead. 8vio. Old folds, toned, else very good. Item #309374
A short response in scrawled hand from the actor who immortalized “Casey at the Bat.” reading in part: “I guess whatever success I’ve achieved was born of a sense of responsibility to do all I could in anything I undertook.”
American actor, singer, comedian, and theatrical producer, William DeWolf Hopper (1858-1935), was a lifelong baseball enthusiast whose popular and melodramatic, recitations of Ernest Thayer’s, “Casey at the Bat,” is credited for making the obscure comic poem famous, by his popular live performances, radio performances, and in recorded versions, including a short film.