The Bard, the Bible, and Baseball, Part 2

Bet you didn’t know that both the King James Version of the Bible and the Bard’s works mentioned baseball repeatedly, did you? It’s true.

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Last week, in honor of the start of Spring Training, this blog featured a listing of major league baseball teams that are mentioned in Shakespeare, the Bible, or both. This week, in anticipation of the Cincinnati Reds’s first Spring Training game (Friday at 3:05 pm), we offer an incomplete list of baseball references from both Shakespeare and the Bible:

The game

Now therefore make ye a league with us (Joshua 9:6).

Seek out a man, who is a cunning player (1 Samuel 16:16).

Let the young men now arise, and play before us (2 Samuel 2:14).

Come, my coach! (Hamlet).

Come, and be our Captain (Judges 11:6).

Pitchers

Look to the plate (Romeo and Juliet).

And they pitched one over against the other (1 Kings 20:29).

All men’s honours Lie like one lump before him, to be fashion’d Into what pitch he please (Henry VIII).

Thou hast a mighty arm: Strong is thy hand, and high is thy right hand (Psalm 89:13).

And what a pitch (1 Henry VI).

Thou hast scattered thine enemies with thy strong arm (Psalm 89:10).

For this relief much thanks (Hamlet).

And Miriam was shut out (Numbers 12:15).

Hitters

Aaron stretched out his hand with his rod, and smote the dust of the earth (Exodus 8:17).

A hit, a very palpable hit! (Hamlet).

Behold, I will send swarms of flies upon thee (Exodus 8:21).

And watched him how he singled (3 Henry VI).

Thou shalt fall upon the open field (Ezekiel 39:5).

You may go walk (The Taming of the Shrew).

O my offense is rank, it smells to heaven (Hamlet).

Sweet sacrifice (Henry VIII).

Fielders

Sir, your glove (The Two Gentlemen of Verona).

And so I shall catch the fly (Henry V)

O hateful error (Julius Caesar).

And have is have, however men do catch (King John).

And when he caught it, he let it go again (Coriolanus).

That one error fills him with faults (The Two Gentlemen of Verona).

Your play needs no excuse (A Midsummer Night’s Dream).

Baserunners

You have scarce time to steal (Henry VIII).

Get you early on your way, that thou mayest go home (Judges 19:9).

Run, run, O run! (King Lear).

I shall be safe (Psalm 119:117).

He was a thief, and had the bag (John 12:6).

The righteous runneth into it, and is safe (Proverbs 18:10).

Get you home (Julius Caesar).

He comes the third time home (Coriolanus).

Umpires

There is three umpires in this matter (The Merry Wives of Windsor).

Behold, thou art fair (Song of Songs 1:15).

When he speaketh fair, believe him not (Proverbs 26:25).

Fair is foul and foul is fair (Macbeth).

O, tis fair (Troilus and Cressida).

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About writerhoss

I am a writer from southwestern Ohio, and a frequent speaker at churches, conferences, and retreats. My books include The Bard and the Bible (A Shakespeare Devotional).
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