FDL Book Salon Welcomes Edward Achorn, The Summer of Beer and Whiskey: How Brewers, Barkeeps, Rowdies, Immigrants, and a Wild Pennant Fight Made Baseball America’s Game

By: Sunday April 27, 2014 1:59 pm

Major League Baseball in 2014 is a big business. Projected revenues for this season are for over $9 Billion dollars. There are 30 teams, fifteen each in the National and American Leagues. Minimum salaries for players are $500,000 and the average salary is $3.39M. Players travel on chartered jets and get mandatory off days every couple of weeks.

Edward Achorn in his new book The Summer of Beer and Whiskey takes us back 131 years when Major League Baseball was a far different world.

 

You Love Them Not Because You Like Them

By: Saturday September 11, 2010 10:20 am

On this ninth anniversary of 9/11, there will be politicians offering their thoughts, as well as more than a few preachers. My thoughts, though, turned to the late Buck O’Neil. Those who flew the planes into the Twin Towers and the Pentagon and a field in Pennsylvania left a lasting monument to their hate. How we reacted — and continue to react — to the events of 9/11 speaks volumes about who we are. For myself, when I preach tomorrow morning, I can only hope to be as eloquent and powerful and inspiring as Buck.

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