Author Event – Ed Wheatley “St. Louis Browns: The Story of A Beloved Team”
We will have plenty of books on hand for purchase/signing, and Ed will be giving a fascinating presentation on St. Louis Browns.
We are partnering this event with a second talk, for author Joe Castellano’s new book about the inspirational 1970 SLU High School Football team – a team that defied infinite challenges to rise to the top.
Here are descriptions of the two books:
St. Louis Browns: The Story of a Beloved Team (Ed Wheatley, Bill Borst, Bill Rogers)
As we all know, St. Louis is the best baseball town in America, but the city’s major league history is not confined to the Cardinals. For several decades, until the middle of the twentieth century, St. Louis fielded a second professional team. True, it was mostly a losing team, but it once featured a first baseman who hit .400, a legendary Negro League star, and a pitcher who would go on to throw a perfect game in the World Series. They were the St. Louis Browns–the forerunners of the current Baltimore Orioles and a part of St. Louis’s rich baseball history.
Bull In The Ring: Joe Castellano
The 1970 St. Louis University High football team was undersized and not very fast, had no home field, and played half its games against Top 10 teams in the state of Missouri. Improbably, that team made it to the state championship game. The great but naïve ambition of the young Baby Boomers who played on or supported that team was tempered by the frightening, threatening social turmoil of the late 1960s. In addition to the Vietnam War, the Civil Rights Movement, an often-violent protest culture in America, and a generation conflict, these teenagers had to cope with a very personal tragedy on the brink of the season. Bull in the Ring is the story of how football and their faith became a refuge for them then, and the place that season has held in the lives they went on to live.