Baseball and Spanish?

I was recently given a stash of antique books to aid my addiction research.

In the pile, I found an 1884 Spanish text book that was printed in New York City and sold for forty cents. It’s in pretty rough condition and from the cover and doodles; I’d say the students of the late 1800s were just as pained to sit and learn as they are in 2015.



Highly entertaining if you’re a Spanish teacher like me.

The book itself wasn’t the only interesting thing. See this faded cursive?

It’s a poem—a baseball poem—but only in part. It was so clever; I had to find the complete version.
Turns out it was written in 1906 and published anonymously. Here is how it goes:

Baseball in the Bible

My sermon today, said Reverend Jones,
is baseball and whence it came.
Now, if you take the Good Book and you take a good look,
you will find the first Baseball Game.

It says Eve stole first, Adam second;
Solomon umpired the game.
Rebecca went to the well with a pitcher,
And Ruth in the field made a name.
Goliath was struck out by David —
A base hit was made on Abel by Cain,
And the Prodigal Son made a great home-run.
Brother Noah gave checks out for rain.

Jonah wailed — went down swinging.
Later he popped up again.
A lion-drive by ole Nebuchadnezzar
Made Daniel warm-up in the pen.
Delilah was pitching to Samson,
When he brought down the house with a clout,
And the Angels that day made a double-play
That’s when Adam and Eve were thrown out.

Ole St. Pete was checking errors,
Also had charge of the gate.
Salome sacrificed Big John the Baptist
Who wound up ahead on the plate.
Satan was pitching that apple
And looked as though he might fan ’em all,
But then Joshua let go a mighty blow
And blasted one right at the wall.

And then the Lord wound up and took good aim,
And started the very First Baseball Game.
And, now we all know the way that the game was begun,
And to this very day — It’s still Number One!

Now isn’t that the cutest thing?
Have you ever heard this poem before?