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Chris Von der Ahe and the St.Louis Browns : American Sports History Series - J. Thomas Hetrick

Chris Von der Ahe and the St.Louis Browns

American Sports History Series

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Fans who think the game is wild now will appreciate Hetrick's account of Von der Ahe...who throughout the 1880s was embroiled in legal battles and baseball disputes that culminated in his own kidnapping and his stadium being burned to the ground. Direct ancestor to today's Cardinals, the Browns won the pennant four years in a row under his wild leadership. - REFERENCE AND RESEARCH BOOK NEWS

...For anyone interested in 19th century baseball or owners or reading a book about one different individual, I highly recommend it. Sabr If baseball writer J. Thomas Hetrick, the author of Chris Von der Ahe and the St. Louis Browns, hasn't already sold the movie rights for this fantastic book, he surely should. It's a remarkably well-researched and entertaining read from beginning to end and absolutely superb fodder for a Seabiscuit-like film presentation. Www.Haroldseymour.Com ...Hetrick tells a great story... Elysian Fields Quarterly ...the author has done considerable research into the details of Von der Ahe's life, and several appendixes add interest. CHOICE Chris Von der Ahe and the St. Louis Browns, J. Thomas Hetrick's account of this "strange baseball odyssey", has all the ingredients of a made-for-tv movie...Hetrick's eye for detail is indefatigable, his game accounts and rendering of the period and players most astute. Chris Von der Ahe and the St. Louis Browns is a most admirable study. NINE: A Journal of Baseball History & Culture ...zesty saga of the tavern proprietor who ended up running a four-time penant-winning team...the first full biography of one of baseball's most enigmatic owners. -- David Plaut USA Today Baseball Weekly Fans who think the game is wild now will appreciate Hetrick's account of Von der Ahe...who throughout the 1880s was embroiled in legal battles and baseball disputes that culminated in his own kidnapping and his stadium being burned to the ground. Direct ancestor to today's Cardinals, the Browns won the pennant four years in a row under his wild leadership. Reference and Research Book News

Forewordp. xi
Prefacep. xv
Acknowledgmentsp. xvii
The Early Years
A Not-So Modest Grocerp. 3
Baseball Discovers von der Ahep. 6
A Working Man's Leaguep. 9
Growing Painsp. 13
A Near Missp. 18
"The Strongest Nine"p. 27
"All's Fair in Love, War, and Baseball"p. 36
von der Ahe Challenges Spaldingp. 44
"The Browns Are Here!"p. 50
The Undisputed Championsp. 58
"As Sure as the Sun Shines"p. 66
"Vanity and Vexation"p. 74
Four-Time Winnersp. 81
von der Ahe's Last Hurrahp. 88
The Most Calamitous Racep. 92
A Player's Rebellionp. 116
A Fine Messp. 123
The End of the American Associationp. 133
The Later Years
Growing Pains Revisitedp. 145
A Brand New Sportsman's Parkp. 153
Chris' "Drupples"p. 158
"An Affront to the Community"p. 164
"A Damn Dutch Fool"p. 168
Baldwin and Pendletonp. 181
Coney Island of the Westp. 186
"Let Chris Play Left!"p. 195
Anna Kaiser Versus Della Wellsp. 200
The Browns for Salep. 205
Bread and Water Daysp. 212
Sold at Auctionp. 221
Back to the Barsp. 226
Epiloguep. 231
Appendices
The Browns under von der Ahep. 237
Team Statistics 1885-1888p. 238
Lawsuit Abstractp. 242
"Chris Sat on the Bench" (poem)p. 248
Source Notesp. 251
Bibliographyp. 265
Indexp. 271
About the Authorp. 285
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ISBN: 9780810834736
ISBN-10: 0810834731
Series: American Sports History Series
Audience: General
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 304
Published: 28th January 1999
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.2 x 14.4  x 2.1
Weight (kg): 0.62

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