Let's all raise a glass for the legality of beer in ballparks!

December 5, 2008

Oh, glorious milestone! Today is the 75th anniversary of Prohibition's end and if the fact it falls on a Friday isn't an excuse to drink accordingly, I'm not sure what is.

As hard as it may be to believe that people showed up and bought tickets any way, ballparks were beer-free from 1919-1933 and it wasn't until 1934 that someone was able to legally drink a beer inside Yankee Stadium. An oft-told story from the era is President Herbert Hoover being harrassed by chants of "We Want Beer!" from Philadelphia fans at the 1930 World Series while most of the game's players, including a guy by the name of Babe Ruth, had no trouble gaining access to the best speakeasies in each city.

At any rate, I'd like to propose a toast — hey, it's 5 o'clock somewhere — for the long and happy marriage between our favorite sport and our favorite beverage. From ballparks named after breweries to a team named after its makers to the men and women who so valiantly bring it to our seat, I would not want to imagine the sport without that cold and delicious combo of barley and hops. Bottoms up, people.

Click below the jump for a few choice baseball-and-beer ads ...

Bob Uecker and Miller Lite

Harry Caray and Budweiser

Mickey Mantle and Natty Light (really)