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.
This is the only way to get through all the books I want to enjoy...and still I'm behind!
If all history classes could be adjusted to throw in some fun, I think more people would enjoy learning. This book is fun, enjoyable, easy to understand and just plainly well done.
The narration is simple, inflection as if telling a story rather than rote history. It's a tale of the 1883-1884 baseball, before all the big money, when alcohol selling and drinking and playing on Sundays was frowned upon (for a while) and only some 20 years after the Civil War, bigotry still reigned between the races, salaries were not so obscene, players played no matter their injuries and it is wrapped in a book that makes it all really to understand and very much enjoy and long for "the good ol' days" of baseball.
I have recommended this book to any and all, baseball fans or not, it's a great listen and made me get onto the internet to see what these men looked like--bushy big mustaches reigned.
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If you love base ball and history you will like this book
I loved it, even though I'm not a Cards fan. Interesting Story.
The way he plays with the German accent.
No none, liked the facts about old baseball but nothing extreme.
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.
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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