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By J. Thomas Hetrick

ISBN-10: 1929763492

ISBN-13: 9781929763498

Bearing uncanny similarity to the iron-willed personas of up to date baseball proprietors reminiscent of Marge Schott and George Steinbrenner, Von der Ahe used to be embroiled in felony battles and baseball disputes through the Eighties that culminated in his personal kidnapping and his ballpark being burned to the floor. any such financial ruin is just one of the numerous strange occasions mentioned during this insightful and evocative biography of 1 of America’s early baseball proprietors. Chris Von der Ahe emigrated from Germany to the USA in 1867 and settled in St. Louis, Missouri. beginning out as a clerk in a supermarket, he quickly succeeded in deciding to buy the grocer and setting up a saloon within the again. even though Von der Ahe had no specific curiosity in activities, he did observe that lovers beloved to drop by means of after a ball video game and have a lager. Seeing a usual hyperlink among baseball and his saloon, Von der Ahe backed an American organization baseball group referred to as the St. Louis Browns, the pinnacle of a lineage that incorporates the current day St. Louis Cardinals. even though the yank organization lasted for under ten years, Von der Ahe’s Browns captured the pennant 4 years in a row. This roller-coaster experience via early American baseball makes for a narrative of good fortune, pluck, and bravery.

Seymour Medal Finalist in 2000 which honors the easiest e-book of baseball heritage or biography released in the course of the previous calendar year.

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