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Evan Williams® Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey. Bardstown, KY 43% Alc./Vol. ©2020. Major League Baseball trademarks and copyrights used with permission of MLB Advanced Media, L.P. All rights reserved.
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Do game night right with Bottled-In-Bond.
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...
Head to your local bar. As Harry Caray once said...
Swing by your buddy’s house—because with his family...
Stream the game on your phone...
Cozy up with your significant other and a couple of Bourbon...
Sit on your front porch, sip a neat glass of Evan...
Call up your friends, fire up the grill, and root...
Kick back in your favorite...
Take yourself out to the ball game...
Hit one out of the park with Evan Williams Apple.
Serve up something special with 100-proof Bourbon.
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...
Stadium Fireworks – It’s the hometown victory celebration...
The Postgame Show – Relax, you got the W...
The Wave – Why cheer alone, when you can get 30,000 fans...
The Play-by-Play Announcer – Players come and go...
Stadium Snacks – Hot dogs, peanuts, and cracker jacks...
The National Anthem – What better way to start a game...
The Ceremonial First Pitch – Whether they throw a ball or a strike...
The Seventh Inning Stretch – Raise a glass and sing...
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2 oz. Evan Williams Bottled-In-Bond
1 Lemon Peel
Add Evan Williams Bottled-In-Bond to a glass filled with ice. Fill with ginger ale and garnish with a long strip of lemon peel.
2 oz. Evan Williams Peach
Sweet or unsweetened tea
Pour over ice and fill with sweet or unsweetened tea.
1 oz. Evan Williams Apple
2 oz. Fresh Lemonade
Lemon Wedge (Optional)
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1 1/4 oz. Evan Williams Bottled-In-Bond
1 oz. Campari®
1 oz. Sweet Vermouth
1 Orange Twist
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2 oz. Evan Williams Bourbon
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1 1/2 oz. Evan Williams Bourbon
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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 2017, MLB fans celebrated 6,105 home runs and 40,105 strike-outs: both new single-season records. In fact, the strike-out record has been broken every year for the past decade!
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, while the longest 9 innings went on for 4 hours and 45 minutes. Read more about these epically long contests here.
The 1959 World Series holds the record for largest crowd at a single game. 92,706 were in attendance for Game 5 in Los Angeles.
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 unbeaten 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.
Keep score with one hand and sip Evan with the other. It’s the perfect way to track your team’s victories throughout the game.
Tailgate with Evan outside the stadium. You get to grill what you want, hear the roar of the crowd, and enjoy the fireworks after your team’s big win.
Head to your local bar. As Harry Caray once said, “Not only do I like to go to bars
because I like to drink, I go because who do you see there? Baseball fans.”
Swing by your buddy’s house—because with his family out of town, your crew and you can celebrate as loud as you want.
Stream the game on your phone while you’re attending that other thing. Otherwise, someone will tell you who won and spoil everything.
Cozy up with your significant other and a couple of Bourbon cocktails. You'll win points - even if your team loses.
Sit on your front porch, sip a neat glass of Evan, and listen to your team’s legendary announcer call the winning run on the radio. Just like the good old days.
Call up your friends, fire up the grill, and root for the home team with Bourbon and BBQ in your own backyard.
Kick back in your favorite recliner and savor the victory with your favorite Bourbon. It’s a winning combination—and it’s all yours.
Take yourself out to the ball game –because with his family out of town, your crew and you can celebrate as loud as you want.
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!
Stadium Fireworks – It’s the hometown victory celebration that can be seen and heard for miles around.
The Postgame Show – Relax, you got the W. Now it’s time to kick back and relive the game’s biggest moments.
The Wave – Why cheer alone, when you can get 30,000 fans to celebrate as one? As Ty Cobb once said, “The crowd makes the ball game.”
The Play-by-Play Announcer – Players come and go, but you can always count on your hometown announcer and his signature phrases. There’s no one else you’d rather have calling your team’s winning moments.
Stadium Snacks – Hot dogs, peanuts, and cracker jacks for the win! Everyone looks forward to enjoying these ballpark staples. Dare we add Bourbon to the list?
The National Anthem – What better way to start a game of America’s favorite pastime, than with a celebration of America. Let’s play ball!
The Ceremonial First Pitch – Whether they throw a ball or a strike, the first pitch is a winning tradition for U.S. Presidents, hometown heroes...and random contest winners.
The Seventh Inning Stretch – Raise a glass and sing “Take Me Out To the Ballgame” with thousands of fans. If your team doesn’t win, it’s a shame – but you’ll still have 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.
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!