Go Down Swinging (1917)

“If you do strike out in the game of life,
Be sure you go down swinging.”
Jim Nasium, “Keep Swinging” (Poem), Philadelphia Inquirer, July 20, 1917, p12

“Jimmy Burke was the lone Chicksaw to fan, breezing in the seventh, but he went down swinging.” Bob Pigue, “Tutweiler Helps Chicks in First Defeat of Travelers,” Arkansaas Democrat, April 15, 1922, p7 (Earliest use in game description)

"Keep Swinging" poem

No earliest use given in 2009 Dickson Baseball Dictionary