A very entertaining read about the early ancient days of Baseball and how a wacky german businessman had a bold brash plan to save baseball from the Natinal league.That leagues owners only wanted the highest of society to attend games. Enter Chris Von Der Ahe and the American Association and the St. Louis Browns.
The new league encouraged lower prices (a more affordable $.25 as opposed to $.50, which was too much for a working man to afford.) Beer at games and sunday games.
the ensuing pennant chase in the A.A. revitalized baseball to such a point that the "national Pastime" has never been close to the brink of extinction since.
Achorn brings Von der Ahe and the league to wonderous life. He shows just how crazed and bizarre baseball was at that time, 7 balls for a walk, the pitcher could hit you with a pitch as much as he pleased ( there was no rule sending a hit batsman to first), playes often were not substituted for unless horribly injured.
Von Der Ahe (an 19th century steinbrenner clone if there was such a thing) is a fascinating figure as is baseball in the 1870's. Kudos to Achorn for bringing this forgotten man and forgotten league back into the light.