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.

 

Come Saturday Morning: What If Harmon Had Played Twenty Years Later?

By: Saturday June 4, 2011 6:45 am

Thanks to Marvin Miller, the players that were hired young and never had work experience outside of baseball now were able to fully support their families, set aside money for retirement, and rely on a strong support system should injury cut short their careers. Imagine what this could have done for someone like Harmon Killebrew, who instead of going to college signed his first major league contract before his eighteenth birthday because his widowed mother needed the money, and found himself retired and used up physically at age thirty-nine, without having had much of a chance in between to prepare for a post-baseball career.

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