Summer of Beer and Whiskey: How Brewers, Barkeeps, Rowdies, Immigrants, and a Wild Pennant Fight Made Baseball America's Game

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Chris Von der Ahe knew next to nothing about baseball when he risked his life’s savings to found the 19th Century St. Louis Browns, the franchise that would become the St. Louis Cardinals. Yet the German-born beer garden proprietor would become one of the most important—and funniest—figures in the game’s history.

The Summer of Beer and Whiskey: How Brewers, Barkeeps, Rowdies, Immigrants, and a Wild Pennant Fight Made Baseball America's Game (paperback)

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Von der Ahe picked up the team for one reason—to sell more beer. Then he helped gather a group of ragtag clubs into a maverick new league that would fight the haughty National League. Sneered at as “The Beer and Whiskey Circuit,” their American Association ended up revitalizing the sport, bringing Americans of all classes back to the ballpark. Their recipe: Sunday games, booze, 25-cent-tickets, with teams comprised of exciting, renegade, and often drunk, players.

Edward Achorn re-creates this wondrous and hilarious world and illuminates a long-forgotten turning point in American baseball history.

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Author Edward Achorn
Publisher PublicAffairs
Page Count 336pp
Publication Size 5.5 x 8.25 x 1
Publication Notes paperback
Publication Date April 29, 2014
ISBN 978-1610393775

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