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April 19, 1968
Glenway Wescott and Monroe Wheeler Collection of Marianne Moore

Marianne Moore enjoyed a fame and visibility rarely experienced by American poets. Her love of baseball and the poems she wrote about the sport brought her work to the attention of a public beyond the readers of literary magazines. Her baseball poems, including “Baseball and Writing,” were reprinted in newspapers all over the country. In 1968 Moore was invited by the New York Yankees to throw out the first pitch of the season. Photos of the “baseball poet” commemorated the event in newspapers and popular national news magazines.
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