Writer’s Almanac features a poem about the 1988 Birds
by Matthew Taylor
On Nov. 25, Garrison Keillor’s Writer’s Almanac featured Baron Wormser’s poem, “The O’s,” an ode to a dying father holding out for an Orioles win during the 1988 season. Much like Doris Kearns Goodwin’s classic memoir “Wait Till Next Year,” Wormser’s poem offers a literary take on family relationships as seen through a baseball lens.
“My grandfather is lying in the hospital bed
Listening to the radio every night.
It’s the second week of the season; he’s an Orioles fan
Ever since the O’s came to Baltimore
In 1954—but it’s 1988 and they lose game
After game after game after game after game ….”