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 th...
Paperback: 272 pages
Publisher: The Lyons Press; 1st edition (April 1, 2004)
Product Dimensions: 7.8 x 1 x 9.8 inches
Amazon Rank: 2069153
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This book will give you a solid overview of the American Association, a baseball major league that existed from 1882-1891. The American Association rivaled the existing National League, but was far more innovative and edgy. For instance, the Associat...
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.