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The Summer of Beer and Whiskey

How Brewers, Barkeeps, Rowdies, Immigrants, and A Wild Pennant Fight Made Baseball America's Game
Achorn, Edward (Book - 2013)
Average Rating: 3 stars out of 5.
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Chris von der Ahe knew next to nothing about base¬ball when he risked his life's savings to found 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.Von der Ahe picked up the team for one reason-to sell more beer. Then he helped gather a group of ragtag professional clubs together to create a maverick new league that would fight the haughty National League, reinventing big-league baseball to attract Americans of all classes. Sneered at as "The Beer and Whiskey Circuit" because it was backed by brewers, distillers, and saloon owners, their American Association brought Americans back to enjoying baseball by offering Sundaygames, beer at the ballpark, and a dirt-cheap ticket price of 25 cents.The womanizing, egocentric, wildly generous Von der Ahe and his fellow owners filled their teams' rosters with drunks and renegades, and drew huge crowds of rowdy spectators who screamed at umpires and cheered like mad as the Philadelphia Athletics and St. Louis Browns fought to the bitter end for the 1883 pennant.In The Summer of Beer and Whiskey, Edward Achorn re-creates this wondrous and hilarious world of cunning, competition, and boozing, set amidst a rapidly transforming America. It is a classic American story of people with big dreams, no shortage of chutzpah, and love for a brilliant game that they refused to let die.
Authors: Achorn, Edward
Title: The summer of beer and whiskey
how brewers, barkeeps, rowdies, immigrants, and a wild pennant fight made baseball America's game
Publisher: New York :, PublicAffairs,, [2013]
Edition: First edition
Characteristics: xiv, 318 pages :,illustrations ;,24 cm
Statement of Responsibility: Edward Achorn
ISBN: 1610392604
9781610392600
Branch Call Number: 796.357 A179s 2013
Bibliography: Includes bibliographical references (pages 293-298) and index
Subject Headings: Baseball United States History American Association (Baseball league : 1882-1891) History
Topical Term: Baseball
LCCN: 2013000200
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A new, informative, and rowdy story about the integration of a new league, the beauty of concession stands, and the immigrant determination that practically saved the game.


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A German immigrant founds a new baseball franchise, so he can sell more beer, and changes the sport forever. Chris Von der Ahe is a wonderfully unforgettable character and the story depicts a rough and raucous time in history.

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A German immigrant founds a new baseball franchise, so he can sell more beer, and changes the sport forever. Chris Von der Ahe is a wonderfully unforgettable character and the story depicts a rough and raucous time in history.

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