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Bill Littlefield, NPR's "Only a Game"
"The author makes a convincing case that it was an exceptionally entertaining time to be a baseball fan in St. Louis."
"Edward Achorn ... favors us with a realistic and colorful look at early professional baseball."
The Daily Beast
"The time machine travels back to the 1880s as brewer Chris von der Ahe purchases the forerunner of the St. Louis Cardinals, with the singular purpose of selling more beer."
Los Angeles Times
"When it comes to baseball history, Edward Achorn has carved out his own territory, re-animating the 19th century game."
The New Yorker - The Sporting Scene blog
“Combining the narrative skills of a sportswriter with a historian’s depth of knowledge and stockpile of detail, Achorn has produced a book that is both entertaining and informative.”
The Ft. Wayne News-Sentinel
“The Summer of Beer and Whiskey” is full of great stories and interesting tidbits of history.”
“Achorn takes us back to when baseball was expressed in two words and one league—until the American Association was founded in 1882.”
“Achorn turns his attention to old-time professional baseball, visiting the nascent days of the American Association, more notably, the American Association that turned baseball into a nationally beloved sport .[An] entertaining history of baseball’s overlooked early years.”
“A thoroughly enjoyable re-creation of the gusto, guts, glory and grime of the game’s early days.”
“The Summer of Beer and Whiskey strengthens the baseball fan’s understanding of that raw, unvarnished era of baseball 130 years ago that eventually evolved into the smooth product we see today. Achorn writes passionately and presents an excellent history lesson.”
St. Louis Post Dispatch
“The Summer of Beer and Whiskey hinges on the hard-fought 1883 pennant race between Von der Ahe’s ascendant Browns and the Philadelphia Athletics. The book is rich in newspaper accounts of the race, along with accompanying caricatures of the players. But Achorn also includes insightful digressions on topics ranging from the sport’s persistent problems with racism and alcoholism to the peculiarities of 19th-century baseball, which featured barehanded fielders, one umpire per contest, and pitchers who could take a slight running start before each throw.”
“For fans, each season's crop of baseball books is like a literary Christmas. [The Summer of Beer and Whiskey is one] of this year's treasures.”
”Achorn’s gift for storytelling shines in the climactic games of the season. Vivid scenes put the reader in the stands as pitchers pelt batters, fielders crash through fences and the forces of nature whip up a blinding ninth-inning dust ‘hurricane.’”
“A thoroughly researched and charmingly written account of a sensational pennant race populated by outsized characters.”
History News Network
"A wonderful, unsentimental history of the men who bequeathed the game to us."