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March 12, 2008

Kerouac Memorial Game

The American writer Jack Kerouac was a great fan of baseball. As a child growing up in Lowell, Massachusetts he both played the real sport of baseball, and created his own imaginary (fantasy) baseball league.

Each year on Kerouac's birthday (he would have been 86 years old today; he died in 1969) the Cosmic Baseball Association plays a baseball game in memory of the author.

Kerouac has been a member of the Cosmic Baseball Association's Dharma Beats team since its creation in 1983.

This year the Jack Kerouac Memorial Game pitted Kerouac family members against a selection of Kerouac homes.


Do you know what this homestead, this ranch is? -- what my stature and responsibility in it is?: it's a footing from which I can be my childlike self forever. --Kerouac
ROSTERS
Kerouac Homes
9 Lupine St Catcher
34 Beaulieu St Secondbase
66 West St Shortstop
16 Phebe Ave Centerfield
240 Hildreth St Firstbase
271 Sanders Ave Thirdbase
34 Gilbert St Leftfield
5155 10th Ave Rightfield
5169 10th Ave Pitcher
Kerouac Family
Gabrielle (Mother) Catcher
Jan (Daughter) Shortstop
Joan (2nd Wife) Secondbase
Edie (1st Wife) Centerfield
Leo (Father) Firstbase
Gerard (Brother) Rightfield
Nin (Sister) Leftfield
Stella (3rd Wife) Thirdbase
Jack (Kerouac) Pitcher

Game Time 3 hours 12 minutes
Weather Cloudy 47o
Attendance Undisclosed
Umpires Deborah J. Palfrey
Eliot Spitzer
Tristessa
Official Scorer Douglas Brinkley
Game MCP
Most Cosmic Player


This game was primarily a pitching duel after the second inning squeeze play executed perfectly at the plate by Kerouac's third wife (and game MCP) Stella Sampas Kerouac. The pitching battle was between Kerouac and his last house.

The visiting team of homes included a pitching/catching battery consisting of Kerouac's first and last house.



In 1922, 9 Lupine Street in Lowell, Massachusetts was a simple, yellow-brown wooden two-family tenement house in the Centralville part of town. He was born in the Lupine house at approximately 5pm, the third child of Leo and Gabrielle. Kerouac's older brother and sister also lived in this house. His bedroom had lace curtains made by his mother.

In 1969, Kerouac was living in a house located at 5169 Tenth Avenue in St. Petersburg, Florida. It was his second St. Petersburg home having first lived there in 1964 in the house next door at 5155 Tenth Avenue. (Between life in the two residences, there was an April 1966 move to a house in Hyannis, Massachusetts and a move back to Lowell in 1967. Kerouac bought the second St. Petersburg house from the people who had built it, their name was, coincidentally, Burrows. Kerouac, his mother, who had suffered a stroke in 1966 and his third wife (he married Stella on November 19, 1966 inside his Hyannis home at 20 Bristol Avenue) all moved to the new home in St. Petersburg in November 1968.


9 Lupine Street, Lowell, Massachusetts
Kerouac's first home



Ann Charters, one of Kerouac's first biographers begins Chapter 1 of her 1973 biography with the following,
In 1954 when Jack Kerouac was thirty-two years old, he tried to define, for a friend, what it was he wanted out of life. The friend suggested that what he really wanted was a thatched hut, like Thoreau's, not at Walden Pond, but in Lowell..."
In 1972 Carolyn Cassady prepared "An Astrological Reading" that was included as Appendix Two in Ann Charters 1973 biography of Kerouac. Kerouac's natal horoscope (3/12/1922 @ 5:00pm, 43 North, 71 West) shows that the planet Mars at10 degrees Sagittarius is on the cusp of the Fourth House. In astrology, the Fourth House represents the home, the parents, and the early years of life. The planet Mars is adversely aspected by being square to planet Uranus. Further, Kerouac's Moon in Virgo was also square to Mars. Cassady concludes, "No doubt these squares contributed to his impulsive and risky moves his mother later had to undergo from home to home and state to sate. Much energy was expended in an external search for 'home'...A passionate early wish was for a home that would accommodate all his friends."

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Kerouac was born inside his parent's house on 9 Lupine Road in Lowell and his last corporeal moments were spent inside St. Anthony's Hospital in St. Petersburg. The resonance between the Catholic Kerouac and St. Anthony is apparent. Kerouac likely understood St. Anthony's attraction to the hermetic and ascetic lifestyle as a discipline for the spiritual life. Learn one's path and follow it, is a St. Anthony mantra. Kerouac found the path, it had by then become a paved roadway, but he was not always able to follow it.





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http://www.cosmicbaseball.com/08jkgame.html

Line Score




Box Score

Score Card

     Inn. 1: JKHOMES
[Starter] Jack
9Lupine           K          . . .
34Beaulieu        8          . . .
66West            1B         . . X
16Phebe           6          . . X
     Inn. 1: JKerouac
[Starter] 5169Tenth
Gabrielle         9          . . .
Jan               5-3        . . .
Joan              5-3        . . .
     Inn. 2: JKHOMES
240Hildreth       7          . . .
271Sanders        6-3        . . .
34Gilbert         4-3        . . .
     Inn. 2: JKerouac
Edie              8          . . .
Leo               BB         . . X
Gerard            1B         X . X
Nin               1B         X . X 1
Stella            5-3 SQZ    . X . 1
Jack              1B         . . X 1
Gabrielle         6-3        . X .
     Inn. 3: JKHOMES
5155Tenth         5-3        . . .
5169Tenth         5-3        . . .
9Lupine           8          . . .
     Inn. 3: JKerouac
Jan               4-3        . . .
Joan              7          . . .
Edie              5-3        . . .
     Inn. 4: JKHOMES
34Beaulieu        5-3        . . .
66West            4-3        . . .
16Phebe           6          . . .
     Inn. 4: JKerouac
Leo               K          . . .
Gerard            8          . . .
Nin               1B         . . X
Stella            K          . . X
     Inn. 5: JKHOMES
240Hildreth       6-3        . . .
271Sanders        7          . . .
34Gilbert         8          . . .
     Inn. 5: JKerouac
Jack              5-3        . . .
Gabrielle         3UN        . . .
Jan               6-3        . . .
     Inn. 6: JKHOMES
5155Tenth         7          . . .
5169Tenth         4-3        . . .
9Lupine           4-3        . . .
     Inn. 6: JKerouac
Joan              7          . . .
Edie              HBP        . . X
Leo               7          . . X
Gerard            5-4 F      . . X
     Inn. 7: JKHOMES
34Beaulieu        5-3        . . .
66West            1B         . . X
16Phebe           2 (Foul)   . . X
240Hildreth       K          . . X
     Inn. 7: JKerouac
Nin               E-3        . . X
Stella            5-4 F      . . X
Jack              5          . . X
*SB:Stella        SB/E-2     X . .
Gabrielle         3UN        X . .
     Inn. 8: JKHOMES
271Sanders        4-3        . . .
34Gilbert         3UN        . . .
5155Tenth         1B         . . X
5169Tenth         5-4 F      . . X
     Inn. 8: JKerouac
Jan               6-3        . . .
Joan              5-3        . . .
Edie              6-3        . . .
     Inn. 9: JKHOMES
9Lupine           9          . . .
34Beaulieu        7          . . .
66West            5-3        . . .

Link to Paul Verizzo Photo Gallery
5169 Tenth Avenue Street, Petersburg, Florida
Kerouac's last home

Jack Kerouac Address List
(incomplete)

9 Lupine Street, Lowell, Massachusetts 1922
35 Burnaby Street, Lowell 1925
34 Beaulieu Street, Lowell 1926
320 Hildreth Street, Lowell 1927
240 Hildreth Street, Lowell 1929
66 West Street, Lowell 1930
16 Phebe Avenue, Lowell 1932
271 Sanders Avenue, Lowell ????
## Gershom Avenue, Lowell, Massachusetts ????
## Sarah Avenue, Lowell 1935
763 Moody Street, Lowell, Massachusetts 1938
## Fulton Street, Brooklyn, New York (step-grandmother's house) 1939
Hartley Hall (Dormitory) Columbia University 1940
Livingstone Hall (Dormitory) Columbia University 1940
5 Bradley Point, West Haven, Connecticut 1941
106 Webster Street, Hartford, Connecticut 1941
Crawford Street, Lowell, Massachusetts 1941
133-01 Cross Bay Boulevard, Ozone Park, Queens, New York 1943
94-10 Cross Bay Blvd, Ozone Park, Queens, New York
420 West 119th Street, No. 28, New York City 1943
421 West 118th Street, No. 62, New York City 1944
419 West 115th Street, No. 35, New York City 1944
6100 West Center Avenue, Denver, Colorado 1949
94-21 134th Street, Richmond Hill, New York 1950
454 West 20th Street, New York City 1951
Third Street & Howard (flophouse), San Francisco, California 1952
210 Orizaba Street, Mexico City 1952
212 Orizaba Street, Mexico City 1955
1624 Milvia Street, Berkeley, California 1955
1311 Raleigh Road, Rocky Mount, North Carolina 1955
348 Montford Street, Mill Valley, California 1956
Desolation Peak, Cascade Mountains, Washington 1956
1219 Yates Street, Orlando, Florida 1956
The Marlton Hotel, New York City, 1957
1943 Berkeley Way, Berkeley, California 1957
34 Gilbert Street, Northport, Long Island, New York 1958
49 Earl Street, Northport, Long Island, New York 1959
Bixby Canyon Cabin, Bixby Canyon, California 1960
1309 Alfred Drive, Orlando, Florida 1961
1418 1/2 Clauser Avenue, Orlando, Florida ????
20 Bristol Avenue, Hyannis, Massachusetts 1966
5155 Tenth Avenue, St. Petersburg, Florida 1966
271 Sanders Avenue, Lowell, Massachusetts 1967
5169 Tenth Avenue, St. Petersburg, Florida 1968


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