The Spirit Of St. Louis: A History Of The St. louis Cardinals and The St. Louis Browns. Peter Golenbock.

The Spirit Of St. Louis: A History Of The St. louis Cardinals and The St. Louis Browns

New York: Avon Books, 2000. First edition. Hardcover. Firts edition/first printing. Fine in fine dust jacket. Hardcover. 651 pp. with index. Illustrated. The City of St. Louis' love affair with baseball began in 1874 when a band of local boosters raised $20,000 to start a professional ballclub. They entered the major league arena in 1882 as members of the then-major-league American Association and, for the color of their stockings, were nicknamed the St. Louis Browns. That team won four straight championships beginning in 1885. They entered the National League in1892 (though still named the Browns, becomibg the "Cardinals" at the turn of the century). Meanwhile, with the founding of the American League St. Louis by 1902 had a second team---again called the Browns. While the Cardinals over the century+ became the winningest National League team and second only to the Yankees in total championships, the Browns remained mired near or in last place for most of their existance (they did win the AL pennant--their only one-- in the war year of 1944). They became the Baltimore Oriloles after the 1953 season. Fine / fine. Item #E25998
ISBN: 9780380976607

Price: $20.00

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