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  • Hardcover: 352 pages
  • Publisher: University of Nebraska Press; First Edition edition (April 1, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0803228473
  • ISBN-13: 978-0803228474
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 5.7 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,161,381 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Raley brings these characters back to life with deft storytelling and very readable text. The result is a rich team history that will rekindle long-forgotten memories for old Rainiers enthusiasts."—James Bailey, Baseball America
(James Bailey Baseball America 2011-05-11)

"In Pitchers of Beer: The Story of the Seattle Rainiers . . . Dan Raley recounts how the team became one of the most popular in the PCL, with home-grown heroes like Fred Hutchinson and Edo Vanni and well-known stars like Rogers Hornsby and Johnny Pesky providing fodder for a breezy but well-researched narrative."—Jerry Milani, Baseball Digest
(Jerry Milani Baseball Digest 2011-09-01)

"A very impressive effort for a city that you'd never think could sustain such a history of a game played between rain delays. Don't forget to bring an umbrella as you read this. You could get washed away in nostalgia."—Tom Hoffarth, Los Angeles Daily News
(Tom Hoffarth Los Angeles Daily News 2011-04-26)

"Dan Raley . . . put his research and storytelling skills to good use in Pitchers of Beer: The Story of the Seattle Rainiers."—Jeff Baker, Oregonian
(Jeff Baker Oregonian 2011-04-16)

"I'd recommend Pitchers of Beer highly to anyone who wants a well-written, well-documented history of what still stands for many as the true Golden Age of Seattle Baseball."—Arne Christensen, Seamheads.com
(Arne Christensen Seamheads.com 2011-03-25)

"Raley would concede as another season approaches that his and other good sports books can't be better than real baseball. Pitchers of Beer and its ilk, however, certainly can make real baseball seem better."—Mike Henderson, Crosscut.com
(Mike Henderson Crosscut.com 2011-03-28)

About the Author

Dan Raley is an editor with the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Previously, he was a sports writer for the Seattle Post-Intelligencer for nearly three decades and he has won over fifty national and regional writing awards. He is also the author of Tideflats to Tomorrow: The History of Seattle’s SoDo.

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"Pitchers of Beer," is a great story about minor league baseball in Seattle and how Emil Sick built the franchise.
Thomas Zocco
Well written and very factual, authentic pictures to go with the story, shared the book with many friends, great childhood memories.
janet sherwood
I just finished reading Dan Raley's book and have recommended it to others, particularly those who grew up in Seattle.
Douglas Boushey

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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Gary Morton on July 5, 2011
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Terrific story, outstanding book! For baseball lovers in general and Rainier fans, specifically, this is the tome. The Rainiers rise from the ashes left by the Seattle Indians to become the flagship team of the proud old PCL. There were several years that the Rainiers surpassed 3-&-4 MLB teams in attendance. Raley tells lots of stories about lots of players/coaches/managers/general managers and owner Emil Sick. It's a very humanistic book, not just a composition of stats and anecdotes. The index lists every player who wore a Rainiers' uniform and plots their progress (when possible).

The book is thoroughly researched and extremely well written by former P-I sports writer, Dan Raley. The kid knows his baseball and he certainly knows how to write. Learn a little Seattle history as well as a whole lot about pro baseball in Seattle. Great pictures/mementos from David Eskanazi. Lots and lots of good stuff. I was sorry to see the book end, just as I was when the lights finally went out on the Rainiers.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Chang Choi on May 10, 2014
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I read this book after attending a MOHAI history cafe meeting with the author Dan R. and Dave E. I attended because I live in the Central area of Seattle , am an avid baseball fan and grew up in Chicago knowing a little bit about Ron Santo.

I loved reading the parts about the owner Emil Sick's business tactics that always strove for success. The human side of each of the players was also very good to hear about rather than just their on field successes and personalities. Most importantly I learned more about the other exceptional people who spent some time in my neighborhood.

I would recommend this book for any Seattle resident and specifically for anyone who lives in the central area to learn about the richness in history and the amazing impact that the Rainiers had on many lives, especially during this time of population increase, economic stratification and gentrification in our city.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Thomas Zocco on February 5, 2013
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"Pitchers of Beer," is a great story about minor league baseball in Seattle and how Emil Sick built the franchise. Interesting photos from private collections are shown. There are many behind the scenes stories about the players. Well researched with interviews with former players. Fred Hutchinson went from high school star in Seattle to starring for Seattle in the minor leagues.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Margaret Turcott on November 4, 2012
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This is a great history of baseball in Seattle and how the Pacific Coast League was THE game in town. My great-uncle, Edo Vanni, is a big part of this book, and it brought back memories of my wonderful Italian familly. This book has not only provides a detailed, factual account, but it is so well-written I could not put it down. I bought copies for my children and parents.

I would like to commend and thank the author for writing about people we all remember.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Douglas Boushey on September 25, 2012
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I just finished reading Dan Raley's book and have recommended it to others, particularly those who grew up in Seattle. For me, too young and living far enough from Seattle to attend a game at Sick's Stadium, this book filled in the gaps of my Seattle baseball history. Whether it was the detailed accuracy of this period of baseball history, the history of the PCL, or the many unique and talented baseball players, managers, and Rainiers staff discussed, this book illustrates the evolution of professional baseball in Seattle and the West Coast. Pennant races, 20+ game winning pitchers, game promotions, and tight series, kept me riveted to the book. I loved the stories about Fred Hutchinson, Edo, Vanni, Emil Sick, Jo Jo White and many others. I just golfed with an 85-year old gentleman who grew up in Seattle and as a teenager, had a try out with the Seattle Rainiers. While we golfed and talked about the book, he added more layers to the history of the Seattle Rainiers. I will read this book again.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Shifty Lazar on June 20, 2012
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Even before I read so much as one word of Dan Raley's engaging Pitchers of Beer: The Story of the Seattle Rainiers, I had smiled in pleasure at the whimsical title. The book covers the years 1937-1964. The previous name of the team was the Seattle Indians, they were poorly run and a Seattle area beer baron named Emil Sick purchased the team and rechristened them as the Rainiers. Not being from Seattle, I had always thought they were named for the mountain chain not a product made from hops and grain. But baseball and beer seem like a good mix. In fact, Emil Sick was encouraged by his friend, Jacob Ruppert, owner of the New York Yankees. In his early years, Sick put a lot of money into the Rainier team and it showed with on the field success. This book did a fine job covering the ups and downs of the Rainiers, the various great ballplayers who had brief stints in Seattle before moving onto the big leagues and the characters who were career minor leaguers who colorfully made Seattle their baseball home. Since I am not from Seattle this was all new to me and while it would probaly be best appreciated by those from Seattle, it can be enjoyed by all baseball fans. A special mention should be made of the tremendous vintage photos from the David Eskenazi collections. A bravura effort by Mr. Raley!
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