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Pitchers of Beer: The Story of the Seattle Rainiers

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In 1937, when local beer baron Emil Sick stepped in, the Seattle Indians were a struggling minor-league baseball team teetering on collapse. Moved to mix baseball and beer by his good friend and fellow brewer, New York Yankees owner Jacob Ruppert, Sick built a new stadium and turned the team into a civic treasure. The Rainiers (newly named after the beer) set attendance re ...more
Paperback, 352 pages
Published April 1st 2012 by Bison Books (first published April 1st 2011)
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On this night of repeating Seattle champions, I finished another book about a team from Seattle that won back-to-back championships (1940 and 1941). In many was, this book was an excellent follow-on to Boys in the Boat - in time period and in historical personalities. The writing is, unfortunately, not as good. The author covers 27 seasons (along with lead in and follow up) and did a fairly decent job of it. The character of Emil Sick, Fred Hutchison and others come through well. The resulting b ...more
Dave Herman
As I relatively new Seattleite (I've lived here about 17 years), I particularly enjoyed this book. Dan Raley always does his research, and few can compete with him when it comes to writing about Seattle sports history. This book is filled with great stories that baseball fans will enjoy.
I received this book for Christmas and started reading it right away. I can't say enough good things about the book. I didn't realize how popular the Seattle Rainiers were and the great many names that played for and or managed the team. I won't tip off anything about the book other than the Sultan of Swat himself called and wanted to manage the Rainiers and was turned down.

Great book, great read and after reading it, I wish I could have seen a game in Sicks Stadium.
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