By IABPD (Heritage Auction) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

The Butterfly Sting

This week in back in 1967, Muhammad Ali — a practicing Muslim — suffered a major blow in his battle to be recognized as a conscientious objector; a jury sentenced him to 5 years for draft-dodging.

By Petr Kratochvil [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

Casey’s Killjoy

On June 3rd, 1888, Ernest Thayer’s baseball rhyme “Casey At the Bat” was first published in the San Francisco Examiner. Popularized by vaudeville actor DeWolf Hopper, soon everyone in America was in love with the poem… except the author.