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

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Lyons Press, 2004 - 260 pages
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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It's likely that no one knows more about 1880s baseball than David Nemec, and the American Association is given fine treatment here. Read full review

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About the author (2004)

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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