Dharma Beats






1998 Dharma Beats Roster
Pitchers
Burroughs CCassady JCassady NCassady DiPrima Hansen Johnson
McClure Snyder Welch
Infielders/Outfielders
Asher Carr Corso Cowen Ferlinghetti Haverty Henderson
Huncke Kaufman Jack Kerouac Jan Kerouac Plymell Rexroth Whalen
Manager Coaches G.M. Owner Home Park
Kelly Charters Nicosia SSampas JSampas Memere DharmaDome
Italics indicates a rookie player



The DHARMA BEATS represent individuals who in some way are connected to the Beat Generation. This season there are two rookies. Charles Plymell and Bob Kaufman are both Beat-related poets. Both poets were involved in the San Francisco literary "renaissance" that began at the end of the 1950s. The Beats were the best team in the cosmic Overleague last season winning 86 games and losing 76. They ultimately lost to the Pranktown Busriders in the 16th Cosmic Universal Series. The Dharma Beats are trying to unseat the Paradise Pisces as CBA's flagship team. Another appearance and a victory in the Cosmic Universal Series would certainly help them achieve that goal.


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NOTES
  • Allen Ginsberg, one of the founders of the Beat Generation, is a firstbaseman for the Paradise Pisces.

  • The photograph used for the left border is from a picture of Jack Kerouac in 1940 playing baseball for the Horace Mann Prep School in New York.

















































































Secondbase

Levi Asher

*
Beat Website Curator

In the September 1996 issue of Internet Underground magazine, a reviewer writes that Levi Asher's Literary Kicks web site, online since 1994, is "the most thoughtful and detailed Beat site on the Web."

1998 Cosmic Player Plate
1996 Cosmic Player Plate








Pitcher

William Burroughs

1914-1997
Writer

One of the most intriguing writers of the 20th century. Start with Junkie and then try Naked Lunch.

1996 Cosmic Player Plate
1997 Cosmic Player Plate








Infield

Lucien Carr

*
Muse/Newspaper Editor

It was the Brahms music from Lucian Carr's college dormitory room that caught Allen Ginsberg's ear. Through Carr, Ginsberg met Kerouac. Lucian Carr became an early part of Beat mythology when he killed David Kammerer in what was described as a murder of "passion."

1997 Cosmic Player Plate








Pitcher

Carolyn Cassady

born 1923
Writer
Neal Cassady's 2nd Wife

Her memoir Off the Road is the story of her marriage to Neal Cassady. Cassady was one of the four main icons of the Beat Generation. She was also intimate with Jack Kerouac another icon of the movement. Neal was not a particularly good family man and Mrs. Cassady's story explains why. Her memoir also offers interesting insights from a woman who was intimately involved with the boys club that was the Beat Generation.

1996 Cosmic Player Plate
1997 Cosmic Player Plate








Pitcher

John Cassady

born 1951
Musician
Neal Cassady's Son

"As far as how I feel about him, I just loved him like a Dad. It didn't upset me about all these things. In fact, I'm kind of in awe of the guy, being everywhere at once and you know his prowess with women. I can't really prove most of that, it's just like in legend and song type of thing. Every woman I've talked to that knew him just loved him." --John Cassady talking about his father, Neal Cassady

1996 Cosmic Player Plate








Pitcher

Neal Cassady

1926-1968
Writer/Muse

"The Holy Goof"..."Sir Speed Limit"..."Dean Moriarty"...Neal Cassady had many names and in a relatively short life he was able to metaphorically carry the counter-cultural torch from the Beat Generation of the 1950s to the hippies of the 1960s. In the late 1940s he drove Jack Kerouac across the country in a new Hudson sedan and then more then fifteen years later he drove Ken Kesey's Merry Pranksters across the continent in a 1939 International Harvester school bus. More a muse than a writer his influence on Kerouac and other Beat writers was significant.

1996 Cosmic Player Plate
1997 Cosmic Player Plate








Thirdbase

Gregory Corso

born 1930
Poet

A childhood of foster homes and juvenile institutions prepared Corso to become a street-wise poet who early on understood the "spontaneous bop prosody" concept as articulated by Kerouac. Corso is today considered one of the "major" Beat Generation poets.

1996 Cosmic Player Plate
1997 Cosmic Player Plate








Outfield

Elise Cowen

1933-1962
Poet



She grew up on the West Side of New York City, was friends with Allen Ginsberg and became part of the North Beach (San Francisco) beat scene. She also jumped out of her parents New York apartment, killing herself on the street below. She was one of several casualties that haunted the Beat Generation.

Official Record Not Avaliable
1997 Cosmic Player Plate








Pitcher

Diane DiPrima

born 1934
Poet

Steven Watson in his Birth of the Beat Generation history refers to DiPrima as the "archetypal Beat woman." Watson then describes the characteristics of the archetype: "[A]bsolute independence. wide sexual experience from mid-teens on, familiarity with drugs, the Village, jazz, and bohemian style."
Pitcher
1997 Cosmic Player Plate








Outfield

Lawrence Ferlinghetti

born 1919
Poet

One of the leaders of the San Francisco literary renaissance that, because of mutual associations and friendships, blended with the Beats in the late 1950s and early 1960s.

1997 Cosmic Player Plate








Pitcher

Diana Hansen

*
Neal Cassady's 3rd Wife

Neal left Carolyn Cassady to take up with Diana, a New York-bred model. And although he ultimately left her, they had a son together. Initially the boy was named after Neal, but later his name was changed to Curtis.

1997 Cosmic Player Plate








Catcher

Joan Haverty

1931-1990
Jack Kerouac's 2nd Wife

Jack Kerouac, despite having three wives, was not the marrying type. His mother may have seen to that. Together Joan and Jack had a daughter Jan, who Jack spent most of his life avoiding.

1997 Cosmic Player Plate








Firstbase

LuAnne Henderson

born 1930
Muse/Neal Cassady's 1st Wife

In the famous car trip described in Kerouac's On the Road Luanne is the woman sitting between Jack and Neal. She was a teenager when she married Neal Cassady and for a little while she was along for the ride.

1997 Cosmic Player Plate








Outfield

Herbert Huncke

1915-1996
Writer

Huncke is credited with providing the term "beat" to the Beat Generation boys he met through William Burroughs. A street citizen and poet, Huncke's use of the term surely meant "beat" as in down and out.

1997 Cosmic Player Plate








Pitcher

Joyce Johnson

born 1935
Write/Muse

Joyce Glassman Johnson wrote the very perceptive memoir, ironically entitled Minor Characters. She was Kerouac's lover at the time fame slapped him in the face. Her story is a contribution to the study of women and their impact on the boys club known as the Beat Generation.

1997 Cosmic Player Plate








Outfield

Bob Kaufman

1925-1986
Poet

The son of an African-American Catholic and an Orthodox Jew, Kaufman became a significant force in the West Cost literary renaissance of the late 1950s and early 1960s. At his funeral, his ashes were scattered in San Francisco Bay to the tune of Charlie Parker's jazz classic "Just You, Just Me."

Rookie








Leftfield

Jack Kerouac

1922-1969
Writer/Poet
Father of the Beat Generation

Practioner and theorist of the literary technique known as "spontaneous bop prosody." Akin to automatic writing and jazz, Kerouac was a specialist in this form of writing that defines much of the Beat Generation aesthetic

1996 Cosmic Player Plate
1997 Cosmic Player Plate
1998 Cosmic Player Plate
Kerouac Estate Controversy
Kerouac Chronology Plate








Thirdbase

Jan Kerouac

1952-1996
Writer
Jack Kerouac's daughter

Joan Haverty, Kerouac's 2nd wife gave birth to his only (known) child. He spent much of his life denying the child was his but ultimately a court of law using science (a blood test) settled the matter. Father and daughter met only twice but Jan followed in her father's footsteps and became a writer.

1997 Cosmic Player Plate








Pitcher

Michael McClure

born 1932
Poet

McClure's high school companion, film maker Bruce Conner introduced McClure to Abstract Expressionism, the reigning painting style of the 1950s. From high school he went to art school in San Francisco, studied poetry with Robert Duncan, met Kenneth Rexroth and Allen Ginsberg and became a major force in the San Francisco literary renaissance. McClure was one the "six" poets who read at the famous Six Gallery reading of October 7, 1955.

1997 Cosmic Player Plate








Outfield

Charles Plymell

born 1935
Writer

If you don't know Plymell, start figuring him out now. He was part of the San Francisco literary scene in the 1950s, and he wrote the bohemian literary classic The Last of the Moccasins. He's an important Beat-related poet named by the World Book in 1976 as the "poet most likely to succeed." Here's vintage Plymell in an interview:

"[W]ith the Internet helping to make all words more democratic, somewhat like John Cage's notes, it's very difficult to find stuff that knocks your socks off, and it may be the end to poetry as we've known it; yet, people think that there must be a reason to read famous poets, because if they don't, then they may not be hip, and so on. In other words, the audience is made before the work."

It is probably considered hip to be reading Plymell right now.

Rookie








Outfield

Kenneth Rexroth

1905-1982
Poet

Father of the West Coast or San Francisco literary renaissance of the late 1950s and early 1960s. Rexroth's relationship with the Father of the Beats, Jack Kerouac, was problematic on a personal level. They didn't like each other. Rexroth particularly objected when Kerouac flirted with Rexroth's teenage daughter. Later the two had trouble when Rexroth thought Kerouac was in cahoots with the poet Robert Creeley in Creeley's affair with Rexroth's wife.

1996 Cosmic Player Plate
1997 Cosmic Player Plate








Pitcher

Gary Snyder

born 1930
Poet

Along with Phillip Whalen (they were roomates at Reed College in Oregon), Gary Snyder represents the Zen side of the Beat Generation. It is this Zen strand that got bequeathed to the hippies through Allen Ginsberg's poetry and especially Kerouac's novel Dharma Bums. Jaffe Ryder represents Snyder in that novel. Snyder was also one of the six poets who read at the famous "Six Gallery" reading on October 7, 1955.

1997 Cosmic Player Plate








Pitcher

Lew Welch

1926-1971
Poet

Lew Welch also drove Kerouac across the country, but this was years and miles after Jack's earlier trek with Neal Cassady. Welch, a sensitive but little read poet, disappeared into the woods one day. He is presumed to be dead, but no body has ever been found.

1997 Cosmic Player Plate








Infield

Phillip Whalen

born 1923
Poet

Whalen went to Reed College in Oregon with poets Gary Snyder and Lew Welch. He was one of the six poets who read at the famous "Six Gallery" reading on October 7, 1955. A Zen Buddhist, Whalen was called by his friend Jack Kerouac "Buddha Red-Ears."

1997 Cosmic Player Plate








Field Manager

Robert Kelly

born 1934
Poet



Considered a poet's poet, Kelly has been writing poetry, (lots of it, he has over 20 volumes published) and teaching poetry at Bard College, a small pastoral liberal arts college in New York's Hudson Valley. He has written so much it's difficult to decide where to start. We suggest either The Loom or The Mill of Particulars.
1997 Cosmic Field Manager Plate








Coach

Ann Charters

*
Kerouac Biographer

She wrote the first, but not the best biography of Jack Kerouac. She also has edited his letters for publication and put together the Portable Beat Reader.

1997 Cosmic Coach Plate








Coach

Gerald Nicosia

*
Kerouac Biographer

To date, Nicosia's Memory Babe remains the best and most comprehensive Kerouac biography. Nicosia is also embroiled in the Kerouac literary estate controversy. He's been battling with John Sampas who is the current executor. Nicosia, among other things, claims that Kerouac's mother's will was forged therefore casting doubt on Sampas' legal rights to the multimillion dollar national treasure that is Kerouac's literary artifacts.

1997 Cosmic Coach Plate








Coach

Stella Sampas

died 1990
Jack Kerouac's 3rd Wife

The reason for this marriage may have more to do with Kerouac's mother, Gabrielle then the other two earlier marriages. Kerouac needed someone to take care of his aging mother. Stella was the sister of his boyhood friend, Sebastian Sampas. It has been suggested by Kerouac's biographer, Gerald Nicosia, that Kerouac was planning to divorce Stella shortly before he died unexpectedly in 1969.

1996 Cosmic Player Plate








General Manager

John Sampas

*
Executor of Jack Kerouac Estate

A younger brother of Stella Sampas, he was Kerouac's brother-in-law. Because Kerouac left everything he owned to his mother, who outlived him, and his mother left everything she owned to her daughter-in-law, Stella, who died in 1990, John has become the Sampas family member most responsible for Kerouac's literary estate. Kerouac biographer Gerald Nicosia disputes the Sampas family's claim to the estate. For more details see theKerouac Literary Estate Controversy plate.

No Cosmic Record
1997 Cosmic Plate








Owner

Gabrielle Kerouac

died 1972
Jack Kerouac's mother

Whenever Jack Kerouac got burned out on the road of life he would return to his mother. Gabrielle Kerouac was devoutly religious, overbearing and intolerant of the generation her son had sired. She once threatened Allen Ginsberg that she would call the FBI and tell them about his homosexuality if Ginsberg didn't leave her son alone.

No Cosmic Record
1997 Cosmic Owner Plate








Home Field

DharmaDome

Capacity
31,428 seats














Related Beat Generation Links



  • The Beat Generation Archives

    This is Colin Pringle's site and it is notable for its well-administered links to many other up and running Beat sites. Mr. Pringle saves us from having to create a long list of links here.


  • Literary Kicks

    Levi Asher's site has been online since 1994. This is an excellent resource for learning about what the Beat Generation was and what personalities contributed to the movement. The site's accuracy is to be applauded. It's one of the few to get the date of the famous "Six Gallery" reading correct.


  • Beat Generation FAQ and Resources

    Marcus Williamson has begun the process of organizing and indexing the internet's wealth of Beat Generation information. At the moment the Frequently Asked Questions page is organized into several categories including "Events", "Chronology", "People" and "Links". There are also sections on Beat publishers and bookstores. The list of Beat "People" includes 23 names, but he's missing a few, like Charles Plymell. The last update to the site was listed as December 23, 1997.


  • The Blacklisted Journalist

    Al Aronowitz has been writing internet columns since 1995. In its current organization seven of the 20-plus entries deal explicitly with Beat Generation issues. The writer knew many of the important Beat figures and he likes to write a lot and he has lots of opinions. We particularly liked Column 24 written 8-1-97 about Joyce Johnson and a "Certain Party" in 1957 that gathered together Beat writers and their friends.


  • BEAT-L Listserv Mailing List

    This is a link to information about a very interesting and rather high volume internet mailing list. BEAT-L is run by the very decent Bill Gargan who keeps a feisty list running smoothly.

    NOTE: On March 27, 1998 the BEAT-L list was shut down. The reason for the list's demise was the acrimony created by the the Kerouac Literary Estate controversy. Bill Gargan, the list owner, wrote the following in his farewell message to the list members:

    ...things have become impossible because of the Kerouac estate feud. I've done everything in my power to try to keep the list free of the acrimony associated with this dispute but it seems I've failed. My personal mail in recent days has been full of complaints and attacks from both sides. Frankly, I no longer have the time or the energy to devote to this conflict.

    This list will be missed.









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1998 Dharma Beats Official Team Roster
URL: http://www.cosmicbaseball.com/98dbr.html
Published: February 9, 1998
Updated: September 16, 1998, August 22, 2000
Copyright © 1998 by the Cosmic Baseball Association
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