Pitchers of Beer: The Story of the Seattle Rainiers

Pitchers of Beer: The Story of the Seattle Rainiers

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by Dan Raley
     
 

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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

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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 records and won Pacific Coast League titles in 1939, ’40, ’41, ’51, and ’55. 

 

The story of the Rainiers spans the end of the Great Depression, World War II, the rise of the airline industry, and the incursion of Major League Baseball into the West Coast (which ultimately spelled doom for the club). It features well-known personalities such as Babe Ruth, who made an unsuccessful bid to manage the team; Hall of Famer Rogers Hornsby, who did manage the Rainiers; and Ron Santo, a batboy who went on to a storied career with the Chicago Cubs. Mixing traditional baseball lore with tales of mischief, Pitchers of Beer relates the twenty-seven-year history of the Rainiers, a history that captures the timeless appeal of baseball, along with the local moments and minutiae that bring the game home to each and every one of us. Pitchers of Beer showcases fifty-two photographs of players and memorabilia from noted Northwest baseball collector David Eskenazi.

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Editorial Reviews

Baseball America Editors

"Raley brings these characters back to life with deft storytelling and very readable text. The result is a rich team history that will rekindle long-forgotten memories for old Rainiers enthusiasts."—James Bailey, Baseball America

— James Bailey

Los Angeles Daily News

"A very impressive effort for a city that you'd never think could sustain such a history of a game played between rain delays. Don't forget to bring an umbrella as you read this. You could get washed away in nostalgia."—Tom Hoffarth, Los Angeles Daily News

— Tom Hoffarth

Oregonian

"Dan Raley . . . put his research and storytelling skills to good use in Pitchers of Beer: The Story of the Seattle Rainiers."—Jeff Baker, Oregonian

— Jeff Baker

Seamheads.com

"I'd recommend Pitchers of Beer highly to anyone who wants a well-written, well-documented history of what still stands for many as the true Golden Age of Seattle Baseball."—Arne Christensen, Seamheads.com

— Arne Christensen

Crosscut.com

"Raley would concede as another season approaches that his and other good sports books can't be better than real baseball. Pitchers of Beer and its ilk, however, certainly can make real baseball seem better."—Mike Henderson, Crosscut.com

— Mike Henderson

Arete

"For those who love the game of baseball for the game and the characters that have played throughout its history, this book will be a delight. If readers have fond memories of hometown teams, this book may cause them to walk down memory lane themselves." — Leslie Heaphy, Arete

— Leslie Heaphy

Baseball Digest

"In Pitchers of Beer: The Story of the Seattle Rainiers . . . Dan Raley recounts how the team became one of the most popular in the PCL, with home-grown heroes like Fred Hutchinson and Edo Vanni and well-known stars like Rogers Hornsby and Johnny Pesky providing fodder for a breezy but well-researched narrative."—Jerry Milani, Baseball Digest

— Jerry Milani

Baseball America - James Bailey

"Raley brings these characters back to life with deft storytelling and very readable text. The result is a rich team history that will rekindle long-forgotten memories for old Rainiers enthusiasts."—James Bailey, Baseball America
Baseball Digest - Jerry Milani

"In Pitchers of Beer: The Story of the Seattle Rainiers . . . Dan Raley recounts how the team became one of the most popular in the PCL, with home-grown heroes like Fred Hutchinson and Edo Vanni and well-known stars like Rogers Hornsby and Johnny Pesky providing fodder for a breezy but well-researched narrative."—Jerry Milani, Baseball Digest
Los Angeles Daily News - Tom Hoffarth

"A very impressive effort for a city that you'd never think could sustain such a history of a game played between rain delays. Don't forget to bring an umbrella as you read this. You could get washed away in nostalgia."—Tom Hoffarth, Los Angeles Daily News
Oregonian - Jeff Baker

"Dan Raley . . . put his research and storytelling skills to good use in Pitchers of Beer: The Story of the Seattle Rainiers."—Jeff Baker, Oregonian
Seamheads.com - Arne Christensen

"I'd recommend Pitchers of Beer highly to anyone who wants a well-written, well-documented history of what still stands for many as the true Golden Age of Seattle Baseball."—Arne Christensen, Seamheads.com
Crosscut.com - Mike Henderson

"Raley would concede as another season approaches that his and other good sports books can't be better than real baseball. Pitchers of Beer and its ilk, however, certainly can make real baseball seem better."—Mike Henderson, Crosscut.com
J Michael Kenyon

“While I was first reading Dan Raley’s wonderful history of the Seattle Rainiers, I thought it must rank as one of my two, all-time favorite baseball books. Now, for the life of me, I can’t seem to recall the title of the other one.”—J Michael Kenyon, first Seattle Post-Intelligencer Mariners beat writer and talk radio host

Dwight Perry

“This book is entertaining, informative and well-researched. It’s a minor-league Ball Four, from an era in which ballplayers’ warts were invariably ignored in print. Even those who lived in Rainiers-era Seattle will be surprised to learn some of the things going on behind the scenes.”—Dwight Perry, Seattle Times sports columnist

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780803228474
Publisher:
University of Nebraska Press
Publication date:
04/01/2011
Pages:
352
Sales rank:
1,192,884
Product dimensions:
5.64(w) x 8.68(h) x 1.16(d)

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Meet the Author

Dan Raley is an editor with the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Previously, he was a sports writer for the Seattle Post-Intelligencer for nearly three decades and he has won over fifty national and regional writing awards. He is also the author of Tideflats to Tomorrow: The History of Seattle’s SoDo.

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