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Before They Were Cardinals: Major League Baseball in Nineteenth-Century St. Louis (Sports & American Culture)

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Mark McGwire, Ozzie Smith, Lou Brock. These famous Cardinals are known by baseball fans around the world. But who and what were the predecessors of these modern-day players and their team?and#160;In Before They Were Cardinals, Jon David Cash examines the infancy of major-league baseball in St. Louis during the last quarter of the nineteenth century. His in-depth analysis begins with an exploration of the factors that motivated civic leaders to form the cityandrsquo;s first major-league ball club. Cash delves into the economic trade rivalry between Chicago and St. Louis and examines how St. Louisandrsquo;s attempt to compete with Chicago led to the formation of the St. Louis Brown Stockings in 1875. He then explains why, three years later, despite its initial success, St. Louis baseball quickly vanished from the big-league map.
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St. Louis baseball was revived with the arrival of German immigrant saloon owner Chris Von der Ahe. Cash explains how Von der Ahe, originally only interested in concession rights, purchased a controlling interest in the Brown Stockings. This riveting account follows the team after Von der Aheandrsquo;s purchase, from the formation of the American Association, to its merger in 1891 with the rival National League. He chronicles Von der Aheandrsquo;s monetary downturn, and the clubandrsquo;s decline as well, following the merger.
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Before They Were Cardinals provides vivid portraits of the ball players and the participants involved in the baseball war between the National League and the American Association. Cash points out significant differences, such as Sunday games and beer sales, between the two Leagues.and#160;In addition, excerpts taken from Chicago and St. Louis newspapers make the on-field contests and off-field rivalries come alive. Cash concludes this lively historical narrative with an appendix that traces the issue of race in baseball during this period.
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The excesses of modern-day baseballandmdash;players jumping contracts or holding out for more money, gambling on games, and drinking to excess; owners stealing players and breaking agreementsandmdash;were all present in the nineteenth-century sport. Players were seen then, as they are now, as an embodiment of their community. This timely treatment of a fascinating period in St. Louis baseball history will appeal to both baseball aficionados and those who want to understand the history of baseball itself.

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Jon David Cash is Adjunct Professor of History at the University of Arkansasandndash;Monticello. He resides in Crossett, Arkansas.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780826219350
Author:
Cash, Jon David
Publisher:
University of Missouri Press
Subject:
Baseball - History
Subject:
Sports and Fitness-Baseball General
Edition Description:
Paperback
Series:
SPORTS and AMERICAN CULTURE
Series Volume:
1
Publication Date:
20110331
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
from 8
Language:
English
Illustrations:
36, tables
Pages:
296
Dimensions:
9.25 x 6.13 in

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