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Spitball is a literary baseball magazine founded in 1981 and dedicated to poetry, short fiction, prose, art, and book reviews; all devoted to baseball. In 1983 Spitball established the CASEY Award to honor the authors and publishers of the best baseball books published each year. The CASEY was the first award of its kind, and it is widely recognized as the most prestigious award that a baseball book can be given.

 A key component of Spitball's mission is the timely publication of authoritative, lively, and appreciative reviews of quality baseball books. These reviews can be found in our Baseball Books Reviewed section. We also publish short and to-the-point reviews of current baseball books in the "Baseball Book News" column at the back of each issue of Spitball Magazine.

Spitball's Latest  News

October 7, 2018

Cincinnati, Ohio

Last Call for Books to Be Considered for the 2018 CASEY Award!

The editors of Spitball will soon convene their meeting to determine which baseball books released in 2018 will be selected as Finalists for the 36th annual CASEY Award, for Best Baseball Book of the Year. All books received by Spitball for review are automatically considered for the CASEY Award, and nothing more than supplying Spitball with a finished copy of a book is required. Books on all baseball topics and of all genres and reading levels are eligible for the CASEY Award; however, only actual physical books will be considered. Baseball "books" published in an ebook format only are not eligible for the CASEY. Publishers and authors whose 2018 baseball books have not yet been received by Spitball are urged to send their books asap to Spitball at:

Spitball Magazine

536 Lassing Way

Walton, KY 41094

August 8, 2018

Cincinnati, Ohio

Special Issue on the Black Sox World Series of 1919

The editors of Spitball are pleased to announce that the Spring issue of 2019 will be a special issue devoted to the infamous 1919 World Series between the Chicago White Sox and the Cincinnati Reds, which has come to be called the "Black Sox World Series." Few events in baseball history are as important as the Black Sox World Series, which continues to this day to fascinate fans, historians, and writers everywhere. To celebrate the 100th anniversary of the event, Spitball will devote its Spring issue of 2019 to publishing the very best new writing on the subject which the Magazine can find. Thus, we invite all interested writers to submit poems, short stories, essays, and writing of all kinds on any facet of the subject for this special issue. Writers who wish to submit something for this issue should follow the normal Writers' Guidelines which can be found on this website. NB: only unpublished writing should be submitted. We are not interested in reprinting previously published material; nor do we under any circumstances consider simultaneous submissions. Deadline for submission of all materials for this issue will be March 1, 2019.

July 15, 2018

Spring Issue 2018 #82 Has Been Published and Is SOLD OUT!

The Spring issue of Spitball, #82, has been published and sent to all subscribers. If you are a subscriber and have not received your copy yet, please contact Spitball immediately. The issue is now completely SOLD OUT, except for a few copies we reserve to replace subscribers' copies not delivered because of postal failure or some mistake on our part. This issue has received rave reviews from many subscribers, and we appreciate the feedback. Thanks to all the contributors for their wonderful contributions.  If you are a baseball fan and like to read the best writing about the game but not a subscriber to Spitball ... what in the name of Bob Uecker are you waiting for!!!

March 4th, 2018
Sellout Crowd Packs Crosley's Sports Bar To Watch Marty Appel Accept Casey Award

Another sellout crowd packed Crosley’s Sports Bar & Eatery yesterday in Cincinnati, Ohio, for the 35th annual CASEY Awards banquet, at which Marty Appel was honored for having penned the Best Baseball Book of the Year (2017).

After the usual preliminary festivities, including a shout-it-out trivia quiz based on 2017 baseball books and another command comic performance by BALLZAK, the Magnificent (aka, Steve Blessinger), Appel mesmerized the audience with a discussion of his CASEY-winning book, “Casey Stengel: Baseball’s Greatest Character.” During his acceptance speech and a lengthy Q-&-A session afterwards, Appel related numerous fascinating anecdotes connected to his subject and the writing of the biography: such as Stengel’s revamping the image of a young and unappreciated Yogi Berra by speaking of him with great respect in front of sportswriters; his serving the inaugural Mets basically as a figurehead and gate attraction, rather than a game manager; and Stengel’s California home now being occupied by actress Jenna Fischer of the hit show “The Office.” The third two-time winner of the CASEY, Appel won his first CASEY Award in 1996 for “Slide, Kelly, Slide: The Wild Life and Times of Mike ‘King’ Kelly”. Among those attending the event was former Pittsburgh Pirates and Cincinnati Reds great Dave Parker. Spitball congratulates Mr. Appel and his publisher, Doubleday, as well as all the authors and publishers whose books were Nominated as Finalists for the 2017 CASEY. Special thanks goes to the Judges of the 2017 CASEY Award for a job well done: Steve Hermanos, Rich Puerzer, and Al Turnbull. For more information on past winners, please visit the CASEY Awards page of this website.

October 10, 2016 Walton, KY

It's official: Spitball now has a new mailing address, and all books for review, submissions, and correspondence should be mailed to:
536 Lassing Way
Walton, KY 41094
Please make a note of our new address.

Complete sets of Spitball Magazine are not available, as numerous past issues are completely SOLD OUT. We do, however, offer back issue lots, containing 15-20 different back issues. The differing number of issues available is the result of supplies on hand and finds/repurchases of past issues. The current price of the Back Issues Lot is $60, postpaid.

PayPal Function Available for Purchase of Sample Copies
Sample copies may now be purchased via the PayPal function on this website. Simply go to the Store page and scroll down until you see "Sample Copy: $6" right below the "Lifetime Subscriber" offer.

New Price in Effect; Recognition for Lifetime Subscribers Coming Soon
When you invest in a LIFETIME Subscription to Spitball, you not only avoid the hassle of renewing every year, thereby saving us the trouble of reminding you to do so, you also guarantee that you will never miss an issue of the magazine. Ever. Most important of all, you help support the second oldest all-baseball periodical extant and the only one that is of a literary nature. The price for a LIFETIME Subscription has gone up $25 to $125, but that is still a remarkable value. Make yourself the envy of all your baseball buddies by becoming a Spitball LIFETIME Subscriber today! Visit the store page of this website to order your lifetime subscription.  

Lifetime Subscribers are now acknowledged on a special page on the Spitball website. In addition, each Lifetime Subscriber is presented, as a token our appreciation, with a handsome certificate, meant to be framed and hung proudly in his home or office. Thanks to all subscribers and especially to those who have made a lifetime commitment to the Magazine.