"It’s January, so this also means we’re starting to hear the first faint rushing of the annual spring flood of baseball books. Ordinarily, I make it a rule to run for high ground until the wave passes and begins to recede. However, this year, there are two that intrigue me. The first is by Ed Achorn, who wrote a great book about Charles (Old Hoss) Radbourn a couple of years back. This one’s about the completely lunatic Chris von der Ahe, a St. Louis brewer who founded an entire league for the purpose of selling booze and succeeded so wildly that, very often, his players were more sockless than the fans in the stands were."