To the South Side, to Bessemer Park --
In the shadow of the electric plant
They set up a card table, played
Pinochle and listened to the ballgame.
Little talking, only the barked-out bids,
‘Three fifty!’ -- while Bertha Zebelman
Et alia essayed the game of Kaluki.
In the distance at the tail end
Of the lake stood the steel mills
In russet mantle clad: US Steel,
Republic Steel, Wisconsin Steel.
Whistles sounding no matter
The holiday, with clanging and banging
Also sometimes heard.
‘Three fifty!’ ‘Four hundred!’ Four fifty!’
‘For God’s sake, Julius!’ Hour upon hour
Until at last as shadows lengthened
Al Farber spoke: ‘Last hand!’ Others
Then took up the cry. ‘Last hand! Last hand!’
The women’s game finished, the ballgame
Ended and that fall JFK succeeded Ike.