Dog days with Duffy.
Pittsburgh Crawfords, 1932 (via)
On This Day in Pittsburgh History: April 29, 1932
The first Negro League ballpark in the world is constructed by Gus Greenlee. The Pittsburgh Crawfords will call Greenlee Field home until they disband in 1938. Today’s Josh Gibson Field carries on the field’s legacy. [Wikipedia]
THE SUMMER OF BEER AND WHISKEY GIVEAWAY CONTEST
While we all like to believe that baseball was handed down to us from the powers above, pre-packaged and ready to become the National Pastime, the fact is baseball was fighting for its survival by the early 1880s. But thanks to a band of mustachioed warriors lead by Chris Van Der Ahe who was willing to take on the National League by slashing ticket prices, playing on Sunday, and most importantly, selling beer, baseball was able to catch on and thrive with a whole new demographic of fans.
And thanks to the good folks at PublicAffairs, I have a copy of Edward Achorn’s new book, The Summer of Beer and Whiskey, to give away to one of you lucky so-and-so’s.
To enter, either reblog or leave a comment with your favorite food or drink you like to consume while watching a ballgame. All entries must be entered by Thursday, May 2nd at 12 pm PST*. The winner will be chosen randomly. Don’t be a sad sack, enter and get to read something great this summer.
*Please make sure when leaving a comment or reblogging to your own site, that there is an easy way for me to contact you. Otherwise, I’ll have to select another winner.
the ideal ball game meal plan starts in the parking lot with six to ten Iron City Lights while grilling up burgers and cheddarwurst. Then once inside PNC Park I maintain my buzz with something from the Church Brew Works, usually the Pious Monk Dunkel, nachos, and, of course, a ball park frank with Heinz, mustard, onions, and relish. If the game is going well, I’ll gorge on one of Manny Sanguillen’s pulled pork barbecue sandwiches during the Seventh Inning Stretch and hope I can stay awake until Grilli shuts the door in the ninth.