While we all like to believe that baseball was handed down to us from the powers above, pre-packaged and ready to become the National Pastime, the fact is baseball was fighting for its survival by the early 1880s. But thanks to a band of mustachioed warriors lead by Chris Van Der Ahe who was willing to take on the National League by slashing ticket prices, playing on Sunday, and most importantly, selling beer, baseball was able to catch on and thrive with a whole new demographic of fans.
And thanks to the good folks at PublicAffairs, I have a copy of Edward Achorn’s new book, The Summer of Beer and Whiskey, to give away to one of you lucky so-and-so’s.
To enter, either reblog or leave a comment with your favorite food or drink you like to consume while watching a ballgame. All entries must be entered by Thursday, May 2nd at 12 pm PST*. The winner will be chosen randomly. Don’t be a sad sack, enter and get to read something great this summer.
*Please make sure when leaving a comment or reblogging to your own site, that there is an easy way for me to contact you. Otherwise, I’ll have to select another winner.