Kevin Varrone's Baseball Poetry App in the Philadelphia Inquirer

06 Nov 2013


Kevin Varrone, 2012 Pew Fellow. Photo by Colin Lenton.

Poet Kevin Varrone (Pew Fellow, 2012) has spent the past few years designing and building an app that traces the history of the Phillies, along with his relationship to baseball and the journey of coming to terms with his shifting allegiences in the sport. The Philadelphia Inquirer covers the journey upon the app's release for iPads and iPhones.

In 2004, after Varrone moved to Philadelphia from New York, he contemplated the potential differences between raising his young son as a Phillies fan in their new city or protecting and maintaining their status as a Mets family. In an effort to overcome the difficult transition, Varrone turned to poetry and historical Phillies archives. The result, many years later, is Box Score: An Autobiography.

Daniel Rubin of the Philadelphia Inquirer writes: "Box Score: An Autobiography is a 79-part poem made for iPads and iPhones that's expressed on the back of virtual baseball cards fashioned from old photographs of Varrone's little league days and black-and-white pictures of Philly teams he unearthed at the Temple University Archives and the Historical Society of Pennsylvania." After intially throwing around the idea of creating a physical manifestation of the project, Varrone developed the app with the help of poet and programmer Vladimir Zykov, with support from The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage.

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