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Chris Von der Ahe and the St. Louis Browns         
Chris Von der Ahe and the St. Louis Browns
By J. Thomas Hetrick
ISBN: 978-1-929763-49-8
Price: $21.95
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Bearing uncanny similarity to the iron-willed personas of contemporary baseball owners such as Marge Schott and George Steinbrenner, Von der Ahe was embroiled in legal battles and baseball disputes throughout the 1880s that culminated in his own kidnapping and his stadium being burned to the ground. Such a financial disaster is only one of the many bizarre events discussed in this insightful and evocative biography of one of Americaís early baseball owners.

Chris Von der Ahe emigrated from Germany to the United States in 1867 and settled in St. Louis, Missouri. Starting out as a clerk in a grocery store, he soon succeeded in buying the grocery store and establishing a saloon in the back. Although Von der Ahe had no special interest in sports, he did notice that fans liked to drop by after a ball game and have a beer. Seeing a natural link between baseball and his saloon, Von der Ahe sponsored an American Association baseball team called the St. Louis Browns, the head of a lineage that includes the present day St. Louis Cardinals. Although the American Association lasted for only ten years, Von der Aheís Browns captured the pennant four years in a row. This roller-coaster ride through early American baseball makes for a story of luck, pluck, and bravado.

Chris Von der Ahe and the St. Louis Browns is also available as an e-book for Amazon Kindle.

        
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Reviewed Appeared In: Seymour Medal Website
Reviewed By: www.Haroldseymour.com
Text Of Review: If baseball writer J. Thomas Hetrick, the author of Chris Von der Ahe and the St. Louis Browns, hasnít already sold the movie rights for this fantastic book, he surely should. Itís a remarkably well-researched and entertaining read from beginning to end and absolutely superb fodder for a Seabiscuit-like film presentation.
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