November 24, 2015
2015 CASEY Award Finalists Announced
The editors of Spitball are pleased to announce that the following books have been named as Finalists for the 2015 CASEY Award for Best Baseball Book of the Year:
The Betrayal: The 1919 World Series and the Birth of Modern Baseball (Oxford University Press) by Charles Fountain
Big Data Baseball: Math, Miracles, and the End of a 20-Year Losing Streak (Flatiron Books) by Travis Sawchik
Billy Martin: Baseball's Flawed Genius (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt) by Bill Pennington
The Colonel and Hug: The Partnership that Transformed the New York Yankees (University of Nebraska Press) by Steve Steinberg & Lyle Spatz
The Game: Inside the Secret World of Major League Baseball's Power Brokers (Little Brown) by Jon Pessah
The Game Must Go On: Hank Greenberg, Pete Gray, and the Great Days of Baseball on the Home Front in WWII (Thomas Dunne Books) by John Klima
The League of Outsider Baseball: An Illustrated History of Baseball's Forgotten Heroes (Touchstone) by Gary Cieradkowski
Split Season 1981: Fernandomania, The Bronx Zoo, and the Strike that Saved Baseball (Thomas Dunne Books) by Jeff Katz
Swing: A Novel (Van Buren) by Philip Beard
Ty Cobb: A Terrible Beauty (Simon & Schuster) by Charles Leerhsen
Spitball congratulates the authors and publishers of all ten Finalists and wishes them the best of luck in the judging process now underway. Editor Mike Shannon had this to say about the selection process: "As usual, it was no easy task to whittle the competition down to these ten books, and we are the first to say that outstanding books which we also greatly admire got left off the list. However, it's inevitable, if the judging process is to remain a manageable proposition for the Judges who are required to read on average a book per week, and if the great honor of being named a Finalist is not to be diluted. More importantly, we are confident that the Best Baseball Book of the Year is on this list, and we look forward to the Judges' decision, whatever it may be."
Spitball also thanks all publishers who sent the Magazine review copies of their books throughout the year, as well as all those who made Nominations for the 2015 CASEY Award.
Please revisit this website soon for news about the site and date of the 33rd Annual CASEY Awards Banquet, at which the winner of the 2015 CASEY will be presented his beautiful blue & gold Louisville Slugger CASEY baseball bat!
November 9, 2015
Fall 2015 Issue #77 is in the Mail
... and is SOLD OUT!
The new issue of Spitball, #77, was mailed today and is currently on its way to all subscribers. The new issue will feature Mark Schraf's always-engaging "Cooperstown Report;" Mike's "Chapbook Corner" column on Tom Clark's Fan Poems chapbook; great baseball short fiction by Tim Tocher, Tim Lehnert, and Jack Smiles; thoughtful and thought-provoking baseball poetry by Mark Metzler, Steve Hermanos, Michale Kula, Ed Rielly, Kevin Miller, Sean Carroll, Alec Binyon, and Robert Cooperman; plus baseball book reviews and a whole lot more. If you are a subscriber and do not receive your issue within two weeks of this post, please contact the Spitball office.
Issue #77 is also already SOLD OUT! Anyone ordering a sample copy will receive an earlier edition of the magazine. The only way to avoid missing future issues of Spitball is to subscribe. We invite you to do so today.
October 18, 2015
2015 CASEY Award Judges Announced
Spitball is pleased to announce that the Judges for the 2015 CASEY Award will be Brian Baughan, Dan Neville, and Dennis Snelling. Brian Baughan (Philadelphia, PA) is a freelance editor and the author of seven educational books for young readers.
Dan Neville (Cincinnati, OH) is a retiree and a former right handed pitcher who rose to the Triple A level of the Cincinnati Reds' organization. He spent one spring on the Reds' major league roster under famed manager Fred Hutchinson. Dennis Snelling (Modesto, CA) is a Senior Writer for Helmar Magazine and the author of four baseball books, including The Greatest Minor League and Johnny Evers: A Baseball Life, both of which were Nominated Finalists for the CASEY Award.
Kostya Kennedy Captivates Crowd at 32nd Annual CASEY Awards Banquet!
Another Full House at Crosley's Sports Bar & Eatery
March 16, 2015
The 32nd Annual CASEY Awards Banquet was held yesterday at Crosley's Sports Bar & Eatery in Cincinnati, the Literary Baseball Capitol of the World; and the 2014 CASEY winner Kostya Kennedy was on hand to captivate and delight another packed house of CASEY supporters.
Kennedy, who won his second CASEY Award for Pete Rose: An American Dilemma, spoke for about 10 minutes after accepting his blue & gold Louisville Slugger CASEY Award, and then fielded questions from the audience for about 30 minutes before spending another half hour or 45 minutes signing copies of his CASEY-winning book. A big favorite of Spitball and CASEY supporters, Kennedy shared a number of fascinating insights into the process he went through in researching and writing the book; including the revelation that, while Rose did not officially participate in the project, shortly after the book was released to critical acclaim he did phone the author and request a signed copy!
The Editors of Spitball thank all the loyal baseball literature enthusiasts who turned out to support the Magazine and the CASEY Award program; we once again congratulate Kostya Kennedy and Time Home Entertainment Inc. and all the Nominated Finalists for the 2014 CASEY; and we offer our sincere gratitude to our gracious hosts, Scott Schmidt and his crew at Crosley's, as well as the 2014 CASEY Award Judges Bob Cairns, Scott Ferkovich, and Andy Sturgill for their important service.
The Spitball 75
January 11, 2015
The editors of Spitball are proud to present "The Spitball 75," the best 75 baseball poems published in "The Literary Baseball Magazine" over the first 75 issues of the Magazine's existence. The variety and quality on display in these 75 wonderful baseball poems are a testament to the support that Spitball has received from the very best practitioners of the art of writing poetry about the greatest game in the world for more than 30 years. Sincere thanks to all the poets who have been published in Spitball and to everyone who voted to help us editors come to the final, very difficult decisions we did. Most of all, CONGRATULATIONS to the poets of The Spitball 75!