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CASEY Award: Best Baseball Book


(For Best Baseball Book of the Year; sponsored by Spitball: The Literary Baseball Magazine


Finalists for the 2013 CASEY Award
CASEY Award Winners
2012 Casey Award Banquet 
The New CASEY Award
History of the CASEY Award
How the CASEY Award Process Works
Previous CASEY Award Judges
Previous CASEY Award Nominees
2009 Casey Award Banquet
Recently Reviewed Baseball Books



Finalists for 2013 CASEY Award Announced


The editors of Spitball are pleased to announce that the following books have been Nominated as Finalists for the 2013 CASEY Award for Best Baseball Book of the Year:

 

Class A: Baseball in the Middle of Everywhere by Lucas Mann (Pantheon);

 Color Blind: The Forgotten Team that Broke Baseball’s Color Line by Tom Dunkel (Atlantic Monthly Press);

Going the Distance by Michael Joyce (State University of New York Press);

Heart of a Tiger: Growing Up with My Grandfather, Ty Cobb by Herschel Cobb (ECW Press);

Mickey and Willie: Mantle and Mays, the Parallel Lives of Baseball’s Golden Age by Allen Barra (Crown);

Mr. Wrigley’s Ball Club: Chicago & the Cubs during the Jazz Age by Roberts Ehrgott (University of Nebraska Press);

The Powers by Valerie Sayers (Northwestern University Press);

Spitballing: The Baseball Days of Long Bob Ewing by Mike Lackey (Orange Frazer Press);

The Summer of Beer and Whiskey: How Brewers, Barkeeps, Rowdies, Immigrants, and a Wild Pennant Race Made Baseball America’s Game by Edward Achorn (PublicAffairs); and

 The Victory Season: The End of World War II and the Birth of Baseball’s Golden Age by Robert Weintraub (Little, Brown).

Congratulations to all these authors and publishers, and thanks to all who made nominations. The date and location of the 31st annual CASEY Awards Banquet will be announced at a later time.

 



CASEY Award Winners




2013 CASEY Award Winner
Heart of a Tiger: Growing Up with My Grandfather, Ty Cobb - Herschel Cobb - ECW Press of Toronto, Canada
2012 CASEY Award Winner
Bill Veeck: Baseball's Greatest Maverick - Paul Dickson

2011 CASEY Award Winner
56: Joe DiMaggio and the Last Magic Number in Sports - Kostya Kennedy

2010 CASEY Award Winner
The Last Hero: A Life of Henry Aaron - Howard Bryant
2009 CASEY Award Winner
Satchel: The Life and Times of an American Legend -Larry Tye- Random House
2008 CASEY Award Winner
We Are the Ship: The Story of Negro League Baseball -Kadir Nelson- Jump at the Sun/Hyperion
2007 CASEY Award Winner
The Soul of Baseball: A Road Trip through Buck O'Neil's America -Joe Posnanski- William Morrow
2006 CASEY Award Winner
Game of Inches: The Stories Behind the Innovations that Shaped Baseball -Peter Morris- Ivan R. Dee
2005 CASEY Award Winner
Luckiest Man: The Life and Death of Lou Gehrig -Jonathan Eig- Simon & Schuster
2004 CASEY Award Winner
Ted Williams: The Life of an American Hero -Leigh Montville- Doubleday
2003 CASEY Award Winner
Moneyball: The Art of Winning an Unfair Game -Michael Lewis- W.W.Norton
2002 CASEY Award Winner
Shut Out: A Story of Race and Baseball in Boston -Howard Bryant- Routledge
2001 CASEY Award Winner
The Final Season -Tom Stanton- Thomas Dunne Books
2000 CASEY Award Winner
Cy Young: A Baseball Life -Reed Browning- The University of Massachusetts Press
1999 CASEY Award Winner
Slouching Toward Fargo -Neal Karlen- Spike
1998 CASEY Award Winner
Judge and Jury -David Pietrusza- Diamond Communications
1997 CASEY Award Winner
Play for a Kingdom -Thomas Dyja- Harcourt Brace
1996 CASEY Award Winner
Slide, Kelly, Slide -Marty Appel- Scarecrow Press
1995 CASEY Award Winner
Walter Johnson: Baseball’s Big Train -Henry W. Thomas- Phenom Press
1994 CASEY Award Winner
Lords of the Realm -John Helyar- Villard
1993 CASEY Award Winner
Diamonds: The Evolution of the Ballpark -Michael Gershman- Houghton Mifflin
1992 CASEY Award Winner
The Negro Baseball Leagues: A Photographic History -Phil Dixon- Amereon
1991 CASEY Award Winner
To Everything A Season: Shibe Park and Urban Philadelphia,1909-1976 -Bruce Kuklick- Princeton University Press
1990 CASEY Award Winner
Baseball: The People’s Game -Harold Seymour- Oxford University Press
1989 CASEY Award Winner
The Pitch that Killed -Mike Sowell- Macmillan
1988 CASEY Award Winner
Blackball Stars -John Holway- Meckler
1987 CASEY Award Winner
Diamonds Are Forever: Artists and Writers on Baseball -Peter H. Gordon, Editor- Chronicle Books
1986 CASEY Award Winner
The Bill James Historical Abstract -Bill James- Villard
1985 CASEY Award Winner
Good Enough to Dream -Roger Kahn- Doubleday
1984 CASEY Award Winner
Bums: An Oral History of the Brooklyn Dodgers -Peter Golenbock- Putnams
1983 CASEY Award Winner
The Celebrant -Eric Rolfe Greenberg- Everest House




New CASEY Award To Be Authentic Louisville Slugger!


Spitball: The Literary Baseball Magazine is proud to announce that, beginning with the program for 2009 baseball books, the CASEY Award will be an authentic Louisville Slugger baseball bat; imprinted with a new CASEY Award logo specially designed by Donnie Pollard, Spitball's second Art Director and longtime cover artist. The winner of the CASEY Award will also have his name imprinted into the barrel of the CASEY Award bat. According to Editor Mike Shannon: "Our previous CASEY Award, the bronze plaques, served us well, but the mold for them wore out and we were beginning to lose the details on the plaques. We needed an alternative, and Louisville Slugger stepped up to the plate. Louisville Slugger is one of the most famous and respected names in baseball, and we could not be more pleased or more proud to be associated with them. The winner of the CASEY Award will now receive a specially designed and imprinted Louisville Slugger as his prize, and I am certain that any author lucky enough to win one will be absolutely thrilled with it." 

History of the CASEY Award


      The CASEY Award was inaugurated in 1983 by Mike Shannon and W.J. Harrison, the editors and co-founders of Spitball: The Literary Baseball Magazine, because up to that time there had never been any award specifically designated to honor the authors and publishers of outstanding baseball books.
     Seven books were named as finalists for the first CASEY Award (Baseball’s Greatest Experiment, The Celebrant, Hoopla, Invisible Men, Insider’s Baseball, Take Me Out to the Ballpark, and Who’s on Third? The Chicago White Sox Story), and The Celebrant, a historical novel by Eric Rolfe Greenberg about Christy Mathewson and his biggest fan, was chosen as the winner. Another novel would not win the CASEY until 1997, when Thomas Dyja’s Play for a Kingdom (about baseball and the Civil War) beat out nine other finalists. In addition to these two novels, nine books of history, eight biographies, three first-hand seasonal accounts, two books of analysis, one book of photographs, one art book, and one children's art book have won the other 25 awarded CASEYs.
     The first CASEY Awards Banquet was held at Mick Noll’s Restaurant in Covington, Kentucky. Two years later the Banquet was moved down the street in Covington to the Carnegie Arts Center, which hosted the Banquet (under the generous auspices of director Arlene Gibeau) for the next 12 years. From 1997 onwards the CASEY Award Banquet has been held in various locations in the Cincinnati area.
      The original CASEY Award (given to the first two winners) was a three-dimensional statue that never went into production. It was replaced by a bronze plaque mounted on a wooden base that served as the Award through 2008. These CASEY Award plaques were manufactured by the Newman Brothers Company of Cincinnati and featured the original Spitball Napoleon Lajoie-holding-a-quill-pen logo, which was designed by the Magazine’s first art director, Blair Gibeau. In 2009 these bronze plaques were replaced as the CASEY Award by authentic Louisville Slugger baseball bats imprinted with a new CASEY Award logo specially designed by Spitball's second art director and longtime cover artist Donnie Pollard.
     Including the nominees for 2010, 270 books have been named as finalists for the CASEY Award. Some of the greatest names in baseball literature have won the CASEY Award, and CASEY Award Banquet attendees have been treated to many wonderful acceptance speeches over the years.


How the CASEY Award Process Works


   All baseball books received by Spitball during the calendar year are automatically considered for CASEY Award nomination, without regard to genre or topic. During the month of October the editors compile a "short list" of finalists or CASEY Award Nominees, based on their own opinions, published reviews, and the nominations of publishers, librarians, authors, subscribers, and others. A newly-seated three-Judge panel picks the CASEY Award winner from this list of Nominees. Working independently of each other, the Judges rank the books from "least best" to "best" in an effort to identify the book which makes "the greatest contribution to baseball literature," with literature being defined in its broadest sense. The Judges return their ballots to the editors of Spitball who certify and announce the results. CASEY Award Judges are instructed to evaluate the Nominated books according to five criteria: literary quality, informational content, analytical content, originality, and artistic appeal. The amount of emphasis to place on each of these criterion is left up to each Judge. The Judges are further instructed to disregard all previous books written by the Nominated authors as the CASEY Award is not a "lifetime achievement" award.



Previous CASEY Award Judges


Paul Adomites (1990), Charles Alexander (1989), Marty Appel (1998), Bob Bailey (1991), Mary Barney (2004), Paul Bauer (1991), Mike Bielawa (1998), Peter Bjarkman (1989), John Boyle (1993), Butch Callery (2006), Pete Cava (1999), Gary Cieradkowski (2013), Jim Charlton (1995), Tom Chase (1988), Richard Crepeau (1993) Jim Crowley (2011), Steve Cummings (1995), John Curtis (1994), Charles Einstein (1990), Larry Dickson (1985), Reid Duffy (2001), Chris Eckes (2005), Morris Eckhouse (2000), Larry Gerlach (1992), Jay Goldberg (2013), Kevin Grace (1986), Phil Gray (2005), Wayne Greene (1994), Jack Griener (2012), Richard Grossinger (1988), Tracy Hackler (2005), Chris Hanners (2001), Scott Hannig (2007), W. J. Harrison (1983, 1984), Ernie Harwell (1995), Jack Heffron (2009), Paul Herbert (2000), Annie Hess (2010), Alex Holzman (1993), Jerome Holtzman (1993), Brooke Horvath (1986), Rollie Jacobsen (2007, 2008), Anne Jewell (2006), Lloyd Johnson (1996), Ron Kaplan (2010), Chris Karhl (2001), Kevin Kerrane (1987), Doug Kimsey (2004), Gary Kitchell (2000), Mike Leadbetter (2002), Jon Leonoudakis (2012), Bruce Markusen (2002), Andy McCue (1992), Bill McGill (2007), Dick Miller (1996), Willis Monie (2004), Tom Mortenson (1999), Tom Nahigian (2009), Bob Obojski (1987), T.S. O'Connell (2003), Dan Okrent (1986), Wes Parker (2003), Charlie Patton (1998), Tim Peeler (2010), Bobby Plapinger (1990), David Plaut (1997), John Poff (2012), Rich Puff (1991), Larry Ritter (1997), Greg Rhodes (1985, 2008), Ray Robinson (1999), C. Paul Rogers (2013), Mark Rushing (1985), Joe Santry (2003), Mark Schraf (1992), Mike Shannon (1983, 1984), John Skurkay (2006), Leverett Smith (1987), Eric Soergel (2009), Wayne Stewart (2011), Wayne Tucker (2008), Charles Vascellaro (1996), David Q. Voigt (1988), John Wend (2011), Paul White (1994), Mike Wickham (1997), Lisa Winston (2002).




PREVIOUS CASEY AWARD NOMINEES

2012 CASEY Award Nominees
Banzai Babe Ruth: Baseball, Espionage, and Assassination during the 1934 Tour of Japan * Robert K. Fitts (University of Nebraska Press)
Bill Veeck: Baseball's Greatest Maverick * Paul Dickson (Walker & Company)
Connie Mack: The Turbulent and Triumphant Years, 1915-1931 * Norman L. Macht (University of Nebraska Press)
Driving Mr. Yogi: Yogi Berra, Ron Guidry, and Baseball's Greatest Gift * Harvey Araton (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt)
Gil Hodges: The Brooklyn Bums, The Miracle Mets, and the Extraordinary Life of a Baseball Legend * Tom Clavin & Danny Peary (New American Library)
Golden Boys: Baseball Portraits, 1946-1960 * Andy Jurinko {text, Christopher Jennison} (Skyhorse Publishing)
The Last Natural: Bryce Harper's Big Gamble in Sin City and the Greatest Amateur Season Ever * Rob Miech (Thomas Dunne Books)
The Might Have Been: A Novel * Joseph M. Schuster (Ballantine Books)
Pinstripe Empire: The New York Yankees from Before the Babe to After the Boss * Marty Appel (Bloomsbury)
Willie Mays Aikens: Safe at Home * Gregory Jordan (Triumph Books)
 
 
2011 CASEY Award Nominees
The Art of Fielding (a novel) * Chad Harbach (Little, Brown & Co.)
Baseball in the Garden of Eden: The Secret History of the Early Game * John Thorn (Simon & Schuster)
The Big Show: Charles M. Conlon's Golden Age Baseball Photographs * Neal & Constance McCabe (Abrams)
Bottom of the 33rd: Hope, Redemption, and Baseball's Longest Game * Dan Barry (Harper)
Campy: The Two Lives of Roy Campanella * Neil Lanctot (Simon & Schuster);
Fenway 1912: The Birth of a Ballpark, a Championship Season, and Fenway's Remarkable First Year * Glenn Stout (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt);
The Greatest Minor League: A History of the Pacific Coast League, 1903-1957 * Dennis Snelling (McFarland & Company);
The Kings of Casino Park: Black Baseball in the Lost Season of 1932 * Thomas Aiello (The University of Alabama Press);
21: The Story of Roberto Clemente * Wilfred Santiago (Fantagraphics Books);
56: Joe DiMaggio and the Last Magic Number in Sports * Kostya Kennedy (Time Inc. Home Entertainment).

2010 CASEY Award Nominees
The Amazing Tale of Mr. Herbert and His Fabulous Alpine Cowboys Baseball Club: An Illustrated History of the Best Little Semipro Baseball Team in Texas * (University of Texas Press)
Cardboard Gods: An All-American Tale Told through Baseball Cards * Josh Wilker (Seven Footer Press)
The Empire Strikes Out: How Baseball Sold U.S. Foreign Policy and Promoted the American Way Abroad * Robert Elias (The New Press)
The Immortals: An Art Collection of Baseball's Best * Dick Perez (Brilliant Graphics)
The Last Boy: Mickey Mantle and the End of America's Childhood * Jane Leavy (Harper)
The Last Hero: A Life of Henry Aaron * Howard Bryant (Pantheon)
Pie Traynor: A Baseball Biography * James Forr & David Proctor (McFarland)
Target Field: The New Home of the Minnesota Twins * Steve Berg (MVP Books)
Willie Mays: The Life, the Legend * James Hirsch (Scribner)
59 in '84: Old Hoss Radbourn, Barehanded Baseball and the Greatest Season a Pitcher Ever Had * Edward Achorn (Harper)
 
 
2009 CASEY Award Nominees
As They See 'Em: A Fan's Travels Through the Land of Umpires * Bruce Weber (Scribner)
Catcher: How the Man Behind the Plate Became an American Folk Hero * Peter Morris (Ivan R. Dee)
Chasing Moonlight: The True Story of Field of Dream's Doc Graham * Brett Friedlander & R. W. Reising (John F. Blair)
The First Fall Classic: The Red Sox, the Giants and the Cast of Players, Pugs and Politicos Who Re-Invented the World Series in 1912 * Mike Vaccaro (Doubleday)
Forever Blue: The True Story of Walter O'Malley, Baseball's Most Controversial Owner, and the Dodgers of Brooklyn and Los Angeles * Michael D'Antonio (Riverhead)
Game Six: Cincinnati, Boston, and the 1975 World Series: The Triumph of America's Pastime * Mark Frost (Hyperion)
Odd Man Out: A Year on the Mound with a Minor League Misfit * Matt McCarthy (Viking)
Satchel: The Life and Times of an American Legend * Larry Tye (Random House)
The Wizard of Waxahachie: Paul Richards and the End of Baseball as We Knew It * Warren Corbett (Southern Methodist University Press)
The Yankee Years * Joe Torre with Tom Verducci (Doubleday)

2008 CASEY Award Nominees
Almost a Dynasty: The Rise & Fall of the 1980 Phillies * William C. Kashatus (University of Pennsylvania Press)
Ballet in the Dirt: The Golden Age of Neil Leifer (Taschen)
Baseball's Greatest Hit: The Story of "Take Me Out to the Ballgame" * Andy Strasberg, Bob Thompson & Tim Wiles (Hal Leonard)
Classic Cubs: A Tribute to the Men and Magic of Wrigley Field * John Hanley & Chris De Luca (Cumberland House)
Ed Barrow: The Bulldog Who Built the Yankees' First Dynasty * Daniel K. Levitt (University of Nebraska Press)
Hammerin' Hank, George Almighty, and the Say Hey Kid: The Year that Changed Baseball Forever * John Rosengren (Sourcebooks)
Living on the Black: Two Pitchers, Two Teams, One Season to Remember * John Feinstein (Little Brown)
Red Sox Threads * Bill Nowlin (Rounder Books)
We Are the Ship: The Story of Negro League Baseball * Kadir Nelson (Jump at the Sun/Hyperion)

2007 CASEY Award Nominees
The Best Game Ever: Pirates vs. Yankees: October 13, 1960 * Jim Reisler (Da Capo Press)
Branch Rickey: Baseball's Ferocious Gentleman * Lee Lowenfish (University of Nebraska Press)
Connie Mack and the Early Years of Baseball * Norman L. Macht (University of Nebraska Press)
Crazy '08 * Cait Murphy (HarperCollins)
Level Playing Fields: How the Groundskeeping Murphy Brothers Shaped Baseball * Peter Morris (University of Nebraska Press)
Opening Day: The Story of Jackie Robinson's Final Season * Jonathan Eig (Simon & Schuster)
Senior Year: A Father, A Son and High School Baseball * Dan Shaughnessy (Houghton Mifflin)
The Soul of Baseball: A Road Trip through Buck O'Neil's America * Joe Posnanski (Morrow)
Through a Blue Lens: The Brooklyn Dodgers Photographs of Barney Stein, 1937-1957 * Dennis D'Agostino & Bonnie Crosby (Triumph Books)
Ty and the Babe * Tom Stanton (Thomas Dunne Books)

2006 CASEY Award Nominees
Baseball * David Levinthal (Empire Editions)
The Big Bam: The Life and Times of Babe Ruth * Liegh Montville (Doubleday)
Clemente: The Passion and Grace of Baseball's Last Hero * David Maraniss (Simon & Schuster)
The Echoing Green: The Untold Story of Bobby Thomson, Ralph Branca and the Shot Heard Round the World * Joshua Prager (Pantheon)
Fantasyland: A Season on Baseball's Lunatic Fringe * Sam Walker (Viking)
A Game of Inches: The Game on the Field and the Game Behind the Scenes * Peter Morris (Ivan R. Dee)
Money Pitcher: Chief Bender and the Tragedy of Indian Assimilation * William C. Kashatus (Pennsylvania State University Press)
Sayonara Home Run: The Art of the Japanese Baseball Card * John Gall & Gary Engel (Chronicle Books)
Spalding's World Tour: The Epic Adventure that Took Baseball Around the Globe * Mark Lamster (Public Affairs)
A Well-Paid Slave: Curt Flood's Fight for Free Agency in Professional Sports * Brad Snyder (Viking)

2005 CASEY Award Nominees
Baseball before We Knew It * David Block (University of Nebraska Press)
The Boys of Spring: Timeless Portraits from the Grapefruit League, 1947-2005 * Ozzie Sweet & Larry Canale (Sport Classic Books)
Diamonds Around the Globe: The Encyclopedia of International Baseball * Peter C. Bjarkman (Greenwood Press)
Juicing the Game: Drugs, Power, and the Fight for the Soul of Major League Baseball * Howard Bryant (VikingPenguin)
Luckiest Man: The Life and Death of Lou Gehrig * Jonathan Eig (Simon & Schuster)
Now I Can Die in Peace: How ESPN's Sports Guy Found Salvation ... 2004 Red Sox * Bill Simmons (ESPN Books)
Satchel Paige's America * Willam Price Fox (The University of Alabama Press)
Smithsonian Baseball: Inside the World's Finest Private Collections * Stephen Wong (HarperCollins)
A Tale of Two Cities: The 2004 Yankees-Red Sox Rivalry and the War for the Pennant * Tony Massarotti & John Harper (The Lyons Press)
3 Nights in August: Strategy, Heartbreak, and Joy Inside the Mind of a Manager * Buzz Bissinger (Houghton Mifflin)

2004 CASEY Award Nominees
The Bad Guys Won! * Jeff Pearlman (HarperCollins)
The College World Series: A Baseball History 1947-2003 * W.C. Madden & Patrick J. Stewart (McFarland)
History of the Junior World Series * Bob Bailey (The Scraecrow Press)
Joe: Rounding Third & Heading for Home * Greg Hoard (Orange Frazer Press)
The Last Best League * Jim Collins (Da Capo Press)
The Last Night of the Yankee Dynasty * Buster Olney (Ecco)
Negro League Baseball: The Rise and Ruin of a Black Institution * Neil Lanctot (University of Pennsylvania Press)
The Numbers Game: Baseball's Lifelong Fascination with Statistics * Alan Schwarz (Thomas Dunne Books)
Ted Williams: The Biography of an American Hero * Leigh Montville (Doubleday)
The Ticket Out: Darryl Strawberry and the Boys of Crenshaw * Michael Sokolove (Simon & Schuster)

2003 CASEY Award Nominees
Beyond the Shadow of the Senators * Brad Snyder (Contemporary Books)
Foul Ball: My Life and Hard Times Trying to Save an Old Ballpark * Jim Bouton (Bulldog Publishing)
Glove Affairs: The Romance, History, and Tradition of the Baseball Glove * Noah Liberman (Triumph Books)
Me and My Dad: A Baseball Memoir * Paul O'Neill w/Burton Rocks (Morrow)
Moneyball: The Art of Winning an Unfair Game * Michael Lewis (Norton)
The Perfect Game: American Looks at Baseball * Elizabeth V. Warren (Abrams)
The Road to Cooperstown: A Father, Two Sons, and the Journey of a Lifetime * Tom Stanton (St. Martin's)
Taking on the Yankees: Winning and Losing in the Business of Baseball, 1903-2003 * Henry D. Fetter (Norton)
The Teammates: A Portrait of a Friendship * David Halberstam (Hyperion)
The Tour to End All Tours: The Story of Major League Baseball's 1913-1914 World Tour * James E. Elfers (University of Nebraska Press)

2002 CASEY Award Nominees
Barry Bonds: Baseball's Superman * Steven Travers (Sports Publishing, LLC)
Baseball's Natural: The Story of Eddie Waitkus * John Theodore (Southern Illinois University Press)
Black Baseball's National Showcase: The East-West All-Star Game, 1933-1953 * Larry Lester (University of Nebraska Press)
Breaking the Slump: Baseball in the Depression Era * Charles Alexander (Columbia University Press)
A Legend in the Making: The New York Yankees in 1939 * Richard J. Tofel (Ivan R. Dee)
Louis Sockalexis: The First Cleveland Indian * David L. Fleitz (McFarland)
Mickey Mantle: America's Prodigal Son * Tony Castro (Brassey's)
Sandy Koufax: A Lefty's Legacy * Jane Leavy (HarperCollins)
Shut Out: A Story of Race and Baseball in Boston * Howard Bryant (Routledge)
Yankees Century: 100 Years of New York Yankees Baseball * Glenn Stout & Richard A. Johnson (Houghton Mifflin)

2001 CASEY Award Nominees
Bushville: Life and Time in Amateur Baseball * Jerry Kelly (McFarland)
The Duke of Havana: Baseball, Cuba, and the Search for the American Dream * Steve Fainaru & Ray Sanchez (Villard)
The Final Season: Fathers, Sons, and One Last Season in a Classic American Ballpark * Tom Stanton (Thomas Dunne Books)
Gateway to the Majors: Williamsport and Minor League Baseball * James P. Quigel Jr. & Louis E. Hunsinger Jr. (The Pennsylvania State University Press)
Hal Chase: The Defiant Life and Turbulent Times of Baseball's Biggest Crook * Martin Donell Kohout (McFarland)
Marketing Your Dreams: Business and Life Lessons from Bill Veeck * Pat Williams (Sports Publishing Inc.)
Musial: From Stash to Stan the Man * James N. Giglio (University of Missouri Press)
Now Pitching for the Yankees: Spinning the News for Mickey, Billy, and George * Marty Appel (Total Sports Publishing)
The Oldest Rookie: Big League Dreams from a Small-town Guy * Jim Morris & Joel Engel (Little, Brown and Company)
Redleg Journal: Year by Year and Day by Day with the Cincinnati Reds Since 1866 * Greg Rhodes & John Snyder (Road West Publishing)

2000 CASEY Award Nominees
Full Count: Inside Cuban Baseball * Milton H. Jamail (Southern Illinois University Press)
Havana Heat * Darryl Brock (Total Sports)
The Head Game: Baseball Seen from the Pitcher's Mound * Roger Kahn (Harcourt)
Imagining Baseball: America's Pastime and Popular Culture * David McGimpsey (Indiana University Press)
Joe DiMaggio: The Hero's Life * Richard Ben Cramer (Simon & Schuster)
Lefty Grove: American Original * Jim Kaplan (Society for American Baseball Research)
Perfect Silence * Jeff Hutton (Breakaway Books)
Red Sox Century: One Hundred Years of Red Sox Baseball * Glenn Stout & Richard A. Johnson (Houghton Mifflin)
Touching All the Bases: Poems from Baseball * Tim Peeler (McFarland)
Cy Young: A Baseball Life * Reed Browning (The University of Massachusetts Press)

1999 CASEY Award Nominees
Baseball's Pivotal Era 1945-1951 * William Marshall (The University of Kentucky Press)
Brushing Back Jim Crow * Bruce Adelson (University Press of Virginia)
A Clever Base-Ballist: The Life and Times of John Montgomery Ward * Bryan Di Salvatore (Pantheon)
Our Tribe * Terry Pluto (Simon & Schuster)
The Pride of Havana: A History of Cuban Baseball * Roberto Gonzalez Echevarria (Oxford University Press)
A Six-Gun Salute: An Illustrated History of the Houston Colt .45s * Robert Reed (Lone Star Books)
Slouching Toward Fargo * Neal Karlen (Spike)
Smoke: The Romance and Lore of Cuban Baseball * Mark Rucker & Peter Bjarkman (Total/Sports Illustrated)
Take Two and Hit to Right: Golden Days on the Semi-Pro Diamond * Hobe Hays (University of Nebraska Press)
Those Damn Yankees * Dean Chatwin (Verso)
Where They Ain't: The Fabled Life ... of the Baltimore Orioles * Burt Solomon (The Free Press)

1998 CASEY Award Nominees
If They Don't Win It's a Shame * Dave Rosenbaum (McGregor Publishing)
Jim Bunning: Baseball and Beyond * Frank Dolson (Temple University Press)
Judge & Jury: The Life and Times of Judge Kenesaw Mountain Landis * David Pietrusza (Diamond Communications)
Mickey Mantle: The Yankee Years: The Classic Photography of Ozzie Sweet * Larry Canale (Tuff Stuff Books)
A Place for Summer: A Narrative History of Tiger Stadium * Richard Bak (Wayne State University Press)
The Ripening of Pinstripes * Rodney Torreson (Story Line Press)
Treasures of the Baseball Hall of Fame * John Thorn (Villard)
Viva Baseball: Latin Major Leaguers and Their Special Hunger * Samuel O. Regalado (Uiversity of Illinois Press)
When Johnny Came Sliding Home: The Post-Civil War Baseball Boom, 1865-1870 * William J. Ryczek (McFarland)
Yankee Stadium: 75 Years of Drama, Glamor, and Glory * Ray Robinson & Christopher Jennison (Penguin/Studio)

1997 CASEY Award Nominees
Baseball on the Border: A Tale of Two Laredos * Alan Klein (Princeton University Press)
Baseball Records Registry * Joseph J. Dittmar (McFarland)
Big Red Dynasty * Greg Rhodes & John Erardi (Road West Publishing)
The Great Encyclopedia of 19th Century Major League Baseball * David Nemec (Donald I. Fine)
Jackie Robinson: A Biography * Arnold Rampersad (Knopf)
Lights On! The Wild Century-Long Saga of Night Baseball * David Pietrusza (The Scarecrow Press)
Memories of Summer * Roger Kahn (Hyperion)
Play for a Kingdom * Thomas Dyja (Harcourt Brace)
Tony C.: The Triumph and Tragedy of Tony Conigliaro * David Cataneo (Rutledge Hill Press)
Warsaw to Wrigley * Joseph A. Reaves (Diamond Communications)

1996 CASEY Award Nominees
At Fenway: Dispatches from Red Sox Nation * Dan Shaughnessy (Crown)
The Game that Was: The George Brace Baseball Photo Collection * Richard Cahan & Mark Jacob (Contemporary Books)
Jackie Robinson: An Intimate Portrait * Rachel Robinson w/Lee Daniels (Abrams)
The Joy of Keeping Score * Paul Dickson (Walker & Company)
Seasons in Hell: ...The 1973-1975 Texas Rangers * Mike Shropshire (Donald I. Fine)
Slide, Kelly, Slide: The Wild Life and Times of Mike "King" Kelly, Baseball's First Superstar * Marty Appel (The Scarecrow Press)
The Veracruz Blues * Mark Winegardner (Viking)
Wrigleyville * Peter Golenbock (St. Martin's Press)

1995 CASEY Award Nominees
Banana Bats and Dingdong Balls: A Century of Baseball Inventions * Dan Gutman (Macmillan)
Card Sharks * Pete Williams (Macmillan)
Crosley Field: An Illustrated History of a Classic Ballpark * Greg Rhodes & John Erardi (Road West Publishing)
The Cutoff * Jay Rogoff (The Word Works)
The Dixon Cornbelt League * W.P. Kinsella (HarperCollins)
Endless Summers: The Fall and Rise of the Cleveland Indians * Jack Torry (Diamond Communications)
Fleet Walker's Divided Heart * David Zang (University of Nebraska Press)
Great Time Coming * David Falkner (Simon & Schuster)
Rogers Hornsby * Charles Alexander (Henry Holt)
Walter Johnson: Baseball's Big Train * Henry W. Thomas (Phenom) 
Waterloo Diamonds * Richard Panek (St. Martin's Press)
Wild and Outside * Stefan Fatsis (Walker & Company)

1994 CASEY Award Nominees
Baseball: An Illustrated History * Geoffrey C. Ward & Ken Burns (Knopf)
The Biographical Encyclopedia of the Negro Baseball Leagues * James A. Riley (Carroll & Graf)
Brittle Innings * Michael Bishop (Bantam)
The Catcher Was a Spy * Nicholas Dawidoff (Pantheon)
Cobb * Al Stump (Algonquin Books)
Hardball * Daniel Coyle (Putnam)
Inside the Strike Zone * Randall A. Hendricks (Eakin Press)
Lords of the Realm * John Helyar (Villard)
October 1964 * David Halberstam (Villard)
The Politics of Glory * Bill James (Macmillan)

1993 CASEY Award Nominees
Baseball's Golden Age: The Photos of Charles M. Conlon * Neal & Constance McCabe (Abrams)
Diamonds: The Evolution of the Ballpark * Michael Gershman (Houghton Mifflin)
The Encyclopedia of Minor League Baseball * Lloyd Johnson (Baseball America)
Fridays with Red * Bob Edwards (Simon & Schuster)
Hitter: The Life and Turmoils of Ted Williams * Ed Linn (Harcourt Brace)
The Lip: A Biography of Leo Durocher * Gerald Eskenazi (Morrow)
The Museum of Clear Ideas * Donald Hall (Ticknor & Fields)
My Life as a Fan * Wilfred Sheed (Simon & Schuster)
The New Phillies Encyclopedia * Rich Westcott & Frank Bilovsky (Temple University Press)
Women at Play: The Story of Women in Baseball * Barbara Gregorich (Harcourt Brace)

1992 CASEY Award Nominees
Baseball in the Movies * Hal Erickson (McFarland)
The Brothers K * David James Duncan (Doubleday)
The Cleveland Indian * Luke Salisbury (The Smith)
Diz * Robert Gregory (Viking Penguin)
Fenway * Peter Golenbock (Putnams)
The Girls of Summer * Lois Browne (HarperCollins)
Lost Ballparks * Lawrence Ritter (Viking Penguin)
The Negro Baseball Leagues: A Photographic History * Phil Dixon w/Patrick J. Hannigan (Amereon House)
Queen of Diamonds: The Tiger Stadium Story * Mike Betzold & Ethan Casey (A&M Publishing)
When the Game Was Black & White: The Illustrated Story of Baseball's Negro Leagues * Bruce Chadwick (Abbeville Press)

1991 CASEY Award Nominees
Baseball by the Books * Andy McCue (William C. Brown)
Baseball Uniforms of the 20th Century * Marc Okkonen (Sterling)
Blue Ruin: A Novel of the 1919 World Series * Brendan Boyd (W.W. Norton)
To Everything a Season: Shibe Park and Urban Philadelphia, 1909-1976 * Bruce Kuklick (Princeton University Press)
Glory Fades Away: The Nineteenth-Century World Series Remembered * Jerry Lansche (Taylor)
I Had a Hammer *Hank Aaron & Lonnie Wheeler (HarperCollins)
Nolan Ryan: The Authorized Pictorial History (The Summit Group)
Stolen Season * David Lamb (Random House)
Tales of the Diamond: Gems of Baseball Fiction (Woodford Press)
Ted Williams: A Portrait in Words and Pictures * Dick Johnson & Glenn Stout (Walker & Co.)

1990 CASEY Award Nominees
The Art of Baseball * Shelley M. Dinhofer (Harmony)
The Ballplayers * Mike Shatzkin, ed. (Morrow)
The Baseball Business * James E. Miller (University of North Carolina Press)
Baseball: The People's Game * Harold Seymour (Oxford University Press)
Big Sticks * William Curran (Morrow)
Hustle: The Myth, Life, and Lies of Pete Rose * Michael Sokolove (Simon & Schuster)
If I Never Get Back * Darryl Brock (Crown)
Men at Work * George Will (Macmillan)
Prophet of the Sandlots * Mark Winegardner (Atlantic Monthly Press)

1989 CASEY Award Nominees
The Babe: A Life in Pictures * Lawrence Ritter & Mark Rucker (Ticknor & Fields)
Baseball Lives * Mike Bryan (Pantheon)
Diamonds in the Rough * Joel Zoss & John Bowman (Macmillan)
The Dickson Baseball Dictionary * Paul Dickson (Facts on File)
El Beisbol * John Krich (Atlantic Monthly Press)
Hank Greenberg: The Story of My Life * Hank Greenberg (Times Books)
The Heart of the Order * Tom Boswell (Doubleday)
The Pitch that Killer * Mike Sowell (Macmillan)
Total Baseball * John Thorn & Pete Palmer, eds. (Warner Books)
You Gotta Have Wa * Robert Whiting (Macmillan)

1988 CASEY Award Nominees
The Baseball Hall of Fame 50th Anniversary Book * Gerald Astor, ed. (Prentice Hall)
Blackball Stars * John Holway (Meckler)
Bleachers * Lonnie Wheeler (Contemporary Books)
The Cincinnati Game * Lonnie Wheeler & John Baskin (Orange Frazer Press)
My Dad, the Babe * Dorothy Ruth Perone (Quinlan Press)
The Further Adventures of Slugger McBatt * W.P. Kinsella (Houghton Mifflin)
The Giants of the Polo Grounds * Noel Hynd (Doubleday)
John McGraw * Charles Alexander (Viking)
Season Ticket * Roger Angell (Houghton Mifflin)
Winfield * Dave Winfield (W.W. Norton)

1987 CASEY Award Nominees
Baseball: An Illustrated History * David Q. Voigt (Pennsylvania University Press)
The Curious Case of Sidd Finch * George Plimpton (Macmillan)
Diamonds Are Forever: Artists and Writers on Baseball * Peter H. Gordon, ed. (Chronicle Books)
The Dodgers Move West * Neil Sullivan (Oxford University Press)
The Fireside Book of Baseball, Vol. 4 * Charles Einstein, ed. (Simon & Schuster)
A Flatland Fable * Joe Coomer (McGraw-Hill)
Hardball: The Education of a Baseball Commissioner * Bowie Kuhn (Times Books)
The Pitcher * John Thorn & John Holway (Prentice Hall)
Sixty-One: The Team, The Record, The Men * Tony Kubek (Macmillan)
Voices of the Game * Curt Smith (Diamond Communications)

1986 CASEY Award Nominees
Baseball: A Comprehensive Bibliography * Myron J. Smith, Jr. (McFarland)
A Baseball Winter * Terry Pluto & Jeffrey Neuman (Macmillan)
The Bill James Historical Baseball Abstract * Bill James (Villard Books)
Heart of the Order * Tony Ardizzone (Henry Holt)
The Iowa Baseball Confederacy * W.P. Kinsella (Houghton Mifflin)
Joe DiMaggio: A Bio-Bibliography * Jack B. Moore (Greenwood Press)
Joe & Marilyn: A Memory of Love * Roger Kahn (Morrow)
The Short Season * David Falkner (Times Books)

1985 CASEY Award Nominees
The Armchair Book of Baseball * John Thorn, ed. (Scribners)
Bambi's Bombers * Don Olson (Noslo Publishing)
Baseball America * Don Honig (Macmillan)
Baseball's Best: The MVPs * Dave Masterson & Timm Boyle (Contemporary Books)
Fathers Playing Catch with Sons * Donald Hall (North Point Press)
Good Enough to Dream * Roger Kahn (Doubleday)
Nine Innings * Daniel Okrent (Ticknor & Fields)
The Thrill of the Grass * W.P. Kinsella (Penguin)
Topps Baseball Cards * (Warner Books)

1984 CASEY Award Nominees
Baseball * Walter Iooss & Roger Angell (Abrams)
Bums: An Oral History of the Brooklyn Dodgers * Peter Golenbock (Putnams)
Dollar Sign on the Muscle * Kevin Kerrane (Beaufort Books)
Mighty Casey: All American * Eugene C. Murdock (Greenwood Press)
Stengel: His Life and Times * Robert Creamer (Simon & Schuster)
Ty Cobb * Charles Alexander (Oxford University Press)

1983 CASEY Award Nominees
Baseball's Great Experiment * Jules Tygiel (Oxford University Press)
The Celebrant * Eric Rolfe Greenberg (Everest House)
Hoopla * Harry Stein (Knopf)
Invisible Men * Donn Rogosin (Atheneum)
Insider's Baseball * L. Robert Davids, ed. (Scribners)
Take Me Out to the Ballpark * Lowell Reidenbaugh (The Sporting News)
Who's on 3rd? The Chicago White Sox Story * Richard Lindberg (Icarus Press)