Ernest Thayer was born into a wealthy family in New England in 1863. He attended Harvard University, where he became editor of the Lampoon and met fellow student William Randolph Hearst. Years later, when Hearst helmed the San Francisco Examiner, he invited Thayer to write for the paper. Thayer wrote several humorous columns for the paper, but also contributed light verse to the Sunday editions. His most famous poem, “Casey at the Bat,” became an American classic.