Whiskey and Baseball.

Whiskey and Baseball.

Nothing is more American than Whiskey, Baseball, and Apple Pie. Only, it turns out apple pie isn’t originally American at all…Apples aren’t even native to the Americas. So I’m just going to deal with whiskey and baseball!

So much of American history is reflected in the history of its creations. It just so happens that baseball and American whiskey were created around the same time and their own histories reflect that of our country. I’ve created a timeline from 1820-1964…this is when baseball becomes modern and bourbon becomes America’s “native spirit.”

*First mentions of bourbon began in 1820’s

*Alexander Cartwright (developer of baseball) was born in 1820

1830s- James Crow was experimenting with the sour mash technique/working on a consistant product

1839- baseball was said to be invented by Abner Doubleday

1856- Local journals in the New York metropolitan area were referring to baseball as the “national pastime” or “national game”

1861- Civil War begins
– baseball becomes more nationally recognized
-Civil War causes more whiskey to be produced for troops
-Gen. Grant loves Old Crow

1869- The original Ripy distillery is founded which becomes Wild Turkey

1870’s- whiskey is sold in bottles for the first time(Old Forester)

1876- first National league baseball game- Boston beat Philadelphia 6-5.

-Philadelphia’s Centennial Exhibition

-first mummer’s parade
-Whiskey Ring Scandal

1883- “the Summer of Beer and Whiskey”
-American Association was established to allow games that served alcohol and made room for rejected players

1886- climate controlled warehouses are built for the first time

1890’s- Louisville Slugger trademark- Western League renamed American League

1892- Schenley distillery opens in PA

1897- Bottled in Bond Act guided quality control of whiskey

1901-American League (evolved from Western League and AA) and National League split up cities

1902- Brown-Forman Company established (Jack-Daniels)- created from smaller companies

1903- First World Series

1906- Food and Drug Act -regulated whiskey production

1909- Taft decision on what qualifies as “pure” whiskey

– Soldiers given whiskey rations
– Babe Ruth’s 1st professional game

1916-Star Spangled Banner Sung for the first time at a game

1917-Hank Gowdy- 1st baseball player to enter military service

1920-1933- American Prohibition
-medicinal whiskey is sold
-many distilleries go out of business and 4 major companies buy up all they can

1918- Sunday baseball becomes legal in Washington D.C.

1920- 1st game of National Negro Baseball League was played in Indianapolis.

1921- the trial of the Chicago Black Sox- accused of throwing the 1919 World Series.

1922-The US Supreme Court ruled that organized baseball is a sport, not subject to antitrust laws.

1933- James Beauregard Beam (Jim Beam) built the family’s Clermont distillery near Bardstown.
– Lewis Rosentiel and his associates form Schenley Distillers
– Seagrams purchases the Joseph E. Seagram Lawrenceburg Plant in Indiana.

1935- Heaven Hill Distillery founded by the Shapira brothers

1936- Jan 29, The first members of baseball’s Hall of Fame: Ty Cobb, Babe Ruth, Honus Wagner, Christy Mathewson & Walter Johnson were named in Cooperstown, N.Y.

1938- Only new barrels may be used to make bourbon whiskey.

1939- Jun 6, In Pennsylvania the first Little League baseball game was played.

1939-1945- WWII
-distilleries were made to produce ethanol for the war effort

1940s-1950s – The All-American Girls Professional Baseball League (AAGPBL) lasted from the late 40s to the early 50s.

1942- New York ended night baseball games for the rest of World War II.
– US government orders bottles to be made with thinner glass and without unnecessary designs to save glass.

1944- First commercial shipment of penicillin made from the Seagram’s Lawrenceburg, Ind. plant

1945 – The United States government has restricted the distilling industry to just 95 days of commercial production and restricts the types, grades and quantities of grains used.

1946- Jackie Robinson debuted as 2nd baseman for the Montreal Royals.

1961-1962- 1st major league expansion in 60 years -each league now had 10 teams

1964- Bourbon becomes a distinctly American made product