Book Review: Even the Browns

June 11, 2010   ·     ·   Jump to comments

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Sportsman's Park where the St. Louis Browns and St. Louis Cardinals played from 1902-1966 and was opened in 1881 and cost $300,000 to build and was first used by the St. Louis Brown Stockings.
I just recently finished reading the book Even the Browns – Baseball During World War II written by William B. Mead and printed in 1978 by Contemporary Books and printed again in this Dover edition.
The book tells of how major league baseball was affected by World War II, and also chronicles how teams were affected by so many players being drafted during the war.
It is written mostly from the perspective of the St. Louis Browns, but it also details how other teams were affected when they lost some of their best players.
There is much background about how the St. Louis Browns were formed in 1902 after being the Milwaukee Brewers in the inaugural 1901 season for the American League.
The Browns finished second in their first season, but wouldn’...

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