July 8, 1881
Today, Friday, would have been
a wonderful day to see a baseball game
I remember from a few years ago
"the first professional game of baseball"
that I saw
I admired the pitcher,
"the strength with which he pitched the ball"
"the skill with which he deceived the batsmen"
Seeing more games is another thing
I look forward to when I recover
"My object would be to unify
the entire American people,
make them happy,
And no commercialized amusement,
particularly one that doesn't engage the mind,
can aid me in attaining that object
A Model Office Seeker -- James Albert Wales ("WAJ")
[Michael has composed "Eighty Days," dramatic monologues for each day from July 2, 1881 through September 19, 1881 (from the day president James Garfield was shot until the day he died).]