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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 | [Edward Achorn]

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

Chris Von der Ahe knew next to nothing about baseball when he risked his life’s savings to found the 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.
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Chris Von der Ahe knew next to nothing about baseball when he risked his life’s savings to found the 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.

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.

©2013 Edward Achorn (P)2013 Audible, Inc.

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    If you love base ball and history you will like this book


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    I loved it, even though I'm not a Cards fan. Interesting Story.


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    The way he plays with the German accent.


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    No none, liked the facts about old baseball but nothing extreme.


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    I was impressed at all the daily game information the author was able to dig up from the 1883 season. The pre- and post-game stories about the players, managers and owners were great.

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    I did recommend this book to my son and grandson, both baseball fans. A very enjoyable read. I did enjoy the little talked about facts of the starting of the American and National Leagues.


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