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On September 9, 1881, Roger “The Oak” Connor hit the first...
In 1868, New York sporting goods store, Peck & Snyder...
On September 10, 1889, Mickey Welch went to bat for a New York...
William Howard Taft, the 27th President of the United States...
The first (and only) triple-header of the 20th century...
The first baseball game broadcast over radio was...
The National Baseball Hall of Fame announced its first...
With a career batting overage of .340, an on-base percentage...
On April 15, 1997, Jackie Robinson’s #42 was...
Keep score with one hand and sip Evan with the other...
Tailgate with Evan outside the stadium...
Cozy up with your significant other and a couple of Bourbon...
Sit on your front porch, sip a neat glass of Evan...
Kick back in your favorite...
Pick up some peanuts and Cracker Jacks...
Host a virtual watch party with family & friends...
Hit one out of the park with Evan Williams Apple.
Putting Up Ks – Every strikeout thrown by a pitcher is a victory unto itself...
Rally Caps – Will turning your hat inside out really help your team...
The Postgame Show – Relax, you got the W...
The Play-by-Play Announcer – Players come and go...
Game Day Snacks – Hot dogs, peanuts, and Cracker Jacks...
The First Pitch – Whether they throw a ball or a strike...
The Seventh Inning Stretch – You can’t head out to...
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2 oz. Evan Williams Peach
Sweet or unsweetened tea
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2 oz. Fresh Lemonade
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1 oz. Campari®
1 oz. Sweet Vermouth
1 Orange Twist
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The official MLB® rule book is 188 pages long. That’s a lot of regulations! Like baseball, producing great Bourbon also comes with a set of rules—and it doesn’t get any more exacting than Bottled-in-Bond. Here are the basics, brought to you by Evan Williams: proud sponsor of the MLB®.
It must be the product of one distillation season, either January–June or July–December.
It must be produced by one distiller at one distillery. Master Distiller Conor O’Driscoll crafts Evan Williams in Louisville, KY.
It must age for at least four years under U.S. government supervision.
It must be bottled at 100-proof.
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In 2019, MLB® fans celebrated 6,776 home runs—a new single-season record! 15 teams also set franchise records for most home runs in a season.
The 1922 New York Giants was the first team to commemorate their winning season with a World Series ring instead of a medallion or pocket watch.
The winningest baseball player of all-time is Cy Young, who tasted victory 511 times over his 22-year career (1890–1911). Since 1956, the Cy Young Award has been presented annually to the best pitchers in the American and National Leagues.
Only 15 players have won the Batting Triple Crown, leading the league in batting average, home runs, and RBIs in a single season. 27 have earned the Pitching Triple Crown, measured by wins, strikeouts, and earned run average (ERA).
The longest path to victory in MLB® history took 25 innings and lasted over 8 hours. The longest World Series game took place in 2018, when Game 3 went to 18 innings and lasted 7 hours and 20 minutes. Read more about these epically long contests here.
Only 4 MLB® players have made it into the Forty-Forty Club, celebrating the rare combination of 40 home runs and 40 stolen bases in a single season.
The first official World Series, held in 1903, featured a best-out-of-nine format. The Boston Pilgrims won 5-3.
The longest regular-season winning streak is 26 games, set by the New York Giants in 1916. Here are some other impressive win streaks.
The 2018 Home Run Derby saw a record 221 balls hit over the wall, beating the previous record of 203 set in 2016. The longest run traveled over 470 feet.
Over 4 million viewers tuned in to watch the 2020 MLB® Opening Night telecast in July, making it one of the most-watched regular season games ever.
Keep score with one hand and sip a glass of Evan with the other. It’s the perfect way to track your team’s victories throughout the game.
Tailgate with Evan in your own backyard. You can play some catch, grill what you want, and enjoy your Bourbon just the way you like it.
Turn game night into date night. Cozy up with your biggest fan (a.k.a. your significant other) and a couple of smooth Bourbon cocktails.
Sit on your front porch, sip Evan neat, and listen to the game over the radio—just like the good old days.
Give the 7th inning stretch a whole new meaning: by stretching out in your favorite recliner and reaching for your favorite Bourbon.
Pick up some peanuts and Cracker Jacks® and enjoy your favorite stadium snacks at home.
Host a virtual watch party with family & friends. You can still savor the taste of victory together, as long as everyone has a bottle of Evan.
Putting Up Ks – Every strikeout thrown by a pitcher is a victory unto itself. And it brings your team one step closer to a win.
Rally Caps – Will turning your hat inside out really help your team come-from-behind? You never know—anything is possible!
The Postgame Show – Relax, you got the W. Now it’s time to kick back and relive the game’s biggest moments.
The Play-by-Play Announcer – Players come and go, but you can always count on your hometown announcer to deliver his signature phrases.
Game Day Snacks – Hot dogs, peanuts, and Cracker Jacks® for the win! Enjoy your favorite stadium snacks at home—and don’t forget to add Bourbon to your list!
The First Pitch – Whether they throw a ball or a strike, the first pitch is a winning tradition for fans everywhere.
The Seventh Inning Stretch – You can’t head out to the ballgame this year; but you can still root for the home team with Evan.
On September 9, 1881, Roger “The Oak” Connor hit the first grand slam in major league history with the Troy Trojans. Connor’s 138 career home runs set a record that stood until 1921, when it was broken by Babe Ruth.
In 1868, New York sporting goods store, Peck & Snyder, began producing what many consider to be the first baseball cards. These ‘trade cards’ featured teams rather than individual players.
On September 10, 1889, Mickey Welch went to bat for a New York Giants teammate. His plate appearance earned him the distinction of being the first pinch hitter in the major leagues.
William Howard Taft, the 27th President of the United States, was the first sitting president to throw a ceremonial pitch on Opening Day in 1910. Since then, 17 presidents have carried on the tradition.
The first (and only) triple-header of the 20th century was played between the Cincinnati Reds and the Pittsburgh Pirates on October 2, 1920. The Reds took home two wins.
The first baseball game broadcast over radio was a match-up between the Pittsburgh Pirates and the Philadelphia Phillies on August 5, 1921. The first televised game aired on August 26, 1939. It was a doubleheader between the Brooklyn Dodgers and the Cincinnati Reds.
The National Baseball Hall of Fame announced its first class of inductees on February 2,1936. Honorees included Honus Wagner, Ty Cobb, Walter Johnson, Christy Mathewson, and Babe Ruth.
With a career batting overage of .340, an on-base percentage of .447, and a slugging percentage of .632, Lou Gehrig is widely considered one of the greatest first basemen to ever play the game. He played 17 seasons with the New York Yankees, from 1923 – 1939.
On April 15, 1997, Jackie Robinson’s #42 was the first number to be retired league-wide by the MLB. Robinson was the first black player to break the professional baseball color line on the same date in 1947.
If there’s one thing we miss the most this MLB® season, it’s a trip to the ballpark to root for the home team and enjoy our favorite stadium snacks. Fortunately, Team Evan has got you covered. Here are five delicious recipes that you can cook up at home using Evan Williams Bourbon sauces!
4-6 Frozen soft pretzels
Non-stick cooking spray
4 tbsp. butter
½ c. Evan Williams Honey Mustard Sauce
Preheat oven to 425°
Place moistened pretzel on a greased baking sheet and sprinkle with salt
Bake for 6-8 minutes until pretzels are hot and golden brown
Melt the butter in a microwavable bowl or in a small saucepan over low heat
Remove pretzels from the oven and brush with the melted butter
Serve warm with Evan Williams Honey Mustard Sauce
Can’t get enough Bourbon flavor? Try using Evan Williams Smoked Garlic Salt!
Evan Williams on the Rocks
10 c. popped popcorn
1 c. Light Brown Sugar
¼c. Light Corn Syrup
½ c. Unsalted Butter
⅛ tsp Cream of Tartar
½ tsp Kosher Salt
½ tsp Baking Soda
2 tbsp Evan Williams Black Label
Preheat oven to 200°F.
Make popcorn using your preferred method. Remove any un-popped kernels and divide between two large baking sheets.
In a medium saucepan, melt butter over medium-high heat. Whisk in sugar, corn syrup, Cream of Tartar, and salt. Bring to a boil, stirring constantly, about 5 minutes.
Remove saucepan from heat. Working quickly, add baking soda and Evan Williams Bourbon. The mixture will bubble and thicken.
Carefully pour the caramel over the popcorn. Toss gently to coat.
Bake popcorn for 60 minutes, stirring once about halfway through.
Remove trays from oven. When cool enough to handle break apart any large pieces. Enjoy!
Don’t have time to make your own caramel? Take a shortcut. Use Evan Williams Caramel Sauce instead!
6 Wooden skewers Deep fat thermometer
6 hot dogs
½ c. all-purpose flour
⅓ c. cornmeal
1 ½ tbsp. sugar
½ tsp. baking powder
1 ½ tsp. kosher salt
¼ tsp. baking soda
⅛ tsp.of freshly ground black pepper
⅛ tsp. Evan Williams Smoked Paprika
½ c. buttermilk
1 large egg
Evan Williams BBQ Sauce
Evan Williams Honey Mustard Sauce
Evan Williams Bourbon Garlic Sauce
Pat hot dogs dry with paper towels and skewer lengthwise.
Mix all dry ingredients together in a large bowl.
In a small bowl, whisk together buttermilk and egg. Add to dry ingredients and mix until just combined. Pour batter into a tall glass and let sit.
Heat oil in a large pot over medium heat (the oil should reach halfway up the sides). Using a deep fat thermometer, bring the oil up to 375°F.
Dip hot dogs into the batter and coat evenly. If the batter isn’t sticking, dust the hot dogs with a little cornstarch.
Fry 2-3 hot dogs at a time, turning frequently, until golden brown (about 5 minutes). Carefully remove from oil and place on a paper towels to remove excess oil. Bring oil back up to temperature and repeat steps 5 & 6 with remaining hot dogs.
Serve with a trio of Evan Williams gourmet sauces.
The Grand Slam
2 lbs. chicken wings
2 tbsp. vegetable oil
1 tsp. kosher salt
¼ tsp. ground pepper
¼ cup Evan Williams Hot Wing Sauce
2 tbsp. honey
4 tbsp. butter
Ranch or blue cheese dressing
Preheat oven to 400°.
Toss chicken wings, oil, salt & pepper in a large bowl. Transfer onto a wire rack placed over a baking sheet.
Bake for 50-60 minutes until wings are golden brown and crispy, turning once.
While wings are baking, whisk together Evan Williams Hot Wing Sauce and honey. Bring to a simmer over medium heat and add butter. Cook until better has melted and sauce is slightly reduced, 2-3 minutes. Transfer to a large bowl.
Remove chicken from the oven and turn on the broiler. Toss wings in the hot sauce to coat and return to the baking rack.
Broil the wings until the sauce begins to caramelize, about 2-3 minutes more.
Serve with carrots, celery sticks, and ranch or blue cheese dressing for dipping.
Like it hot? Add a few dashes of Evan Williams Bourbon Hot Sauce!
The Change Up
1 pint of Vanilla Ice Cream (or pick your favorite!)
1/3 c. of Evan Williams Caramel Sauce
1/3 c. of Evan Williams Chocolate Sauce (optional)
Evan Williams Bourbon Black Cherries
Pour Evan Williams Caramel Sauce into a small, microwaveable-safe bowl. Heat for :30-1:00 until heated through.
Scoop ice cream into small bowls – or your favorite souvenir ice cream helmet! Pour warm caramel sauce over the top. Love chocolate? Add some chocolate sauce!
Top with chopped peanuts and whipped cream. Don’t forget the Bourbon black cherry on top!
Have a sweet tooth? Sprinkle in a little Evan Williams Single Barrel Pecan Brittle!
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Bourbon and baseball are two great characters in the American Story. They came of age at about the same time and, like all great characters, they've become both complex and familiar. And yet, despite all the complexity, Bourbon and baseball are two words that strike up such a deep feeling of warmth and Americana. One has been called the great American spirit, the other, the great American pastime. Together, they are legends.
Like all legends, their origin stories are shrouded in mythology. Whiskey had been distilled from ancient Babylonia to Greece. But by the time it found its way to distant Louisville, Kentucky, by way of Evan Williams, it was ready for the American contribution - charred barrels and corn mash. Legend has it that Evan Williams, a Welsh immigrant, was America's first commercial distiller. After he was elected to Louisville's Board of Trustees, he would bring a bottle of his own whiskey to Board Meetings. Unsurprisingly, he continued to be elected for years to come.
Baseball came over in much the same way. The French game soule, the British rounders, eventually formed into the game we know as baseball today. Abner Doubleday, inventor or innovator, became the father of the modern game. By the 1840s, while the nation was still young and growing, it is probable that many town squares became ball fields, with Bourbon whiskey to refresh participants and spectators alike, in between innings.
Over the years, while distillers experimented with aging techniques, mash recipes, and barrel chars, baseball went about cementing its own rules - positions and base paths, foul balls and home runs. And yet, despite time and innovation, here we are, sitting in ballparks, sports bars, and around our television sets, sipping Bourbon and watching baseball.
Most of us have our own coming of age stories of Bourbon and baseball. There's a reason we feel so much nostalgia for both. We remember our first baseball game and whether we were rooting for - or against - the same team that our grandparents did. Likewise, we remember our first pour of good Bourbon and how we'd never be the same.
In the end, there is one thing that binds Bourbon and baseball more than any other - time. Baseball moves at its own pace. It has no shot clock, no timed quarters. It is played for 9 innings, sometimes longer. Bourbon ages for at least two years, sometimes longer. There is no way to speed it up, no way to hurry it along. It requires patience, and calm. It's best to drink it the same way. Whether mixed or straight, neat or on the rocks, it is a spirit to enjoy. To savor.
Times change but Bourbon and baseball endure. They bring us closer to our past and toast to a brighter future. They remind us to relax. And most importantly, they bring us joy. Cheers and play ball!