The Beer & Whiskey 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.
In 1882, baseball was controlled by the owners of the six teams in the National League. In keeping with the morals of the day, ...
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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.
In 1882, baseball was controlled by the owners of the six teams in the National League. In keeping with the morals of the day, Sunday games were forbidden, liquor wasn't sold at parks, and admission was kept high to keep out the "common element." Baseball was a gentleman's game.
Then came the American Association, the "Beer and Whisky League." Baseball would never be the same.
True to its nickname, the league ushered in the most freewheeling years of baseball, challenging the National League's hold on the nation's pastime, cutting admission in half, playing Sundays, selling liquor in its ballparks, and fielding exceptional players.
This is the first comprehensive look at the American Association. Meticulously researched, this lively history is complemented by over 200 rare photographs, most never before published. For the many fans of baseball, THE BEER AND WHISKY LEAGUE will be as essential as a well-oiled mitt.

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  • ISBN-13: 9781592281886
  • Publisher: Globe Pequot Press
  • Publication date: 4/1/2004
  • Edition description: First edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 272
  • Product dimensions: 7.76 (w) x 10.18 (h) x 0.85 (d)

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David Nemec is the author of The Rules of Baseball, The Baseball Challenge Quiz Book, and Great Baseball Feats, Facts, and Firsts. He lives in San Francisco.

Mark Rucker is the proprietor of Transcendental Graphics in Boulder, Colorado, and is one of the country's foremost archivists of baseball photographs.
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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments ix
Introduction 1
A Chronology of key Events in American Association History 4
19th Century Major League Team Genealogy 11
Prelude 14
1 1882 The Queen City's Redux 19
2 1883 Peace Comes in Parlor 9 43
3 1884 The Original Amazing Mets 59
4 The Union Association: Saint Lucas 77
5 1885 The Chris and Charlie Show 91
6 1886 The Beer and Whisky League Attains its Pinnacle 109
7 1887 Break up the Browns 127
8 1888 Tip and Silver Pull it Out 145
9 1889 Brooklyn at Last Breaks Through 165
10 1890 The Falls City Faithful Get Their Reward 185
11 The Players League: The Association Stars Prove Their Mettle 205
12 1891 The Last Hurrah 219
13 Requiem for a Renegade 239
Bibliography 247
Index 251
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2005

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

    I'm always looking for books about the Cubs history. Even though this one really isn't except for the tales about the two World Series between the Cubs (then the White Stockings) and the old St. Louis Browns, it rang every one of my chimes. Great photos and an amazing amount of new info, at least to me, about the early days of baseball. Also the book is very well written and even has a lot of wit and humor. Bases jammed four-bagger in every respect.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 5, 2005

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

    If this book didn't have even a single word of prose, it would be a treasure for its extraordinary photos alone. But it does have prose--and all very excellent. Nemec's presentation only makes one wish the American Association had lasted another ten years so his book could have been that much longer.

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