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The Beer and Whisky League: The Illustrated History of the American Association--Baseball's Renegade Major League

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Although the American Association lasted only a decade, from 1882 to 1891, it rewrote the playbook on baseball, establishing many of the conventions we still honor. Writer David Nemec and photographer Mark Rucker have put together a book that vividly tells the Association's story, and sets a new standard for books on baseball in the 19th century.
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Paperback, 272 pages
Published April 1st 2004 by The Lyons Press (first published November 1st 1994)
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Steve Bennett
Dec 16, 2014 Steve Bennett rated it it was amazing
A very fun to read account of the 1883 American Association season. The book focuses on the St. Louis Browns and their colorful owner Chris von der Ahe, a German immigrant who bought the team, established the American Association and refurbished a ballpark at least in part as a way to sell more beer and whisky for the saloon he owned. In many ways the 1883 American Association season helped make baseball America's pastime. Until then, at least according to the author, baseball had an extremely c ...more
Oliver Bateman
Mar 11, 2015 Oliver Bateman rated it it was amazing
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A masterful labor of love from Nemec, whose year by year summaries eschew game recaps and focus on the unusual personalities and financial wranglings that characterized the turbulent nine-year run of the American Association. Anyone who reads this work and finds himself not wanting to start his Out of the Park Baseball 16 season in 1883 or 1884 is a stronger man than I am! Names like Pete Browning, Dave Orr, Matt Kilroy, Juice Box Chamberlain, and Toad Ramsey aren't up there with the likes of Hi ...more
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