27th Annual CASEY Awards Banquet Report
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The 27th Annual CASEY Awards Banquet was held Sunday March 7, 2010 in Cincinnati at Boomerang's Sports Bar & Grill. As usual, the crowd enjoyed perusing the more than 150 baseball books (all published in 2009) on display; did an amazing job answering the questions in the shout-it-out baseball trivia quiz; and delighted in the antics of BALLZAK, the Magnificent, played by host Dennis "Wildman" Walker. Spitball unveiled the new CASEY Award, a beautiful blue & natural Louisville Slugger imprinted with gold lettering and logos; and the winner of the first new CASEY Award, Larry Tye, treated everyone to a rousing lecture on the subject of his winning book, Satchel Paige. Robert Reising, co-author of Chasing Moonlight: The True Story of Field of Dreams' Doc Graham, was also in attendance, accepted a Nomination Award, and spoke about the subject of his book. The Banquet capped off another great year for baseball literature and set the stage for a promising new season of baseball and baseball books. (all photos by Meg Patterson)

Spitball's Napoleon Lajoie greets CASEY Banquet patrons. 
 
Robin Valentine works the gate; sports cartoonist Jerry Dowling checks in.
 
Mike Harmon, Steve Cone, & Jim Crowley chat near the book display. 
 
 The hot dogs never looked so good! (Kathy Shannon & Maeve Patterson)
 
Spitball webmaster Keith Schneider & wife Casey run the souvenir stand.
 
 Some of the crowd enjoying the day.
 
 John "Hondo" Skurkay wins art print of Joey Votto donated by Chris Felix.
 
 BALLZAK, the Magnificent makes his grand entrance to "Bad to the Bone."
 
A: Edwin Encarnacion Q: What is Spanish for "Bill Buckner"?
 
 Fiction Editor Mark Schraf intros one of the Nominated books.
 
 Book Review Editor Tom Eckel takes his turn doing the same.
 
2009 CASEY Award winner Larry Tye admires his Louisville Slugger.
 
Mick Shannon, Charley Spears, & Jim Valentine. 
 
Gerry Bedinghaus, Jerry Hazelbaker, & Carlos Baerga. 
 
CASEY Award Finalist Robert Reising. 
 
 Larry Tye with Editors Schraf & Eckel.