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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

September 19, 2017


Publishers are hereby advised that the process to determine the Finalists for the 2017 CASEY Award for Best Baseball Book of the Year will soon be underway, meaning that they should immediately send to Spitball review copies of any of their baseball books released in 2017 which Spitball has not already received. Publishers can check to see which of their books have been received by Spitball by visiting the "Current Baseball Books" page of this website. If a book is NOT listed there, Spitball has not received it. Keep in mind that ALL BOOKS RECEIVED ARE AUTOMATICALLY CONSIDERED FOR THE CASEY. Authors too should check to make sure that Spitball has received their books. All books should be sent to:
Spitball Magazine
536 Lassing Way
Walton, KY 41094

August 9, 2017

Hall of Fame Sale on Back Issue Sets

Spitball wishes to congratulate the newest members of the National Baseball Hall of Fame: Jeff Bagwell, Ivan Rodriguez, Tim Raines, John Schuerholz, and Bud Selig. Spitball was there, in Cooperstown, for their big day, and a full report (by crack staff reporter Mark Schraf) will be featured in the Fall 2017 issue, now in preparation. Don't miss this "poetic" account of the 2017 Inductions. To celebrate the ultimate baseball honor being bestowed on the Hall of Fame class of 2017, Spitball is running a 1/2 price sale on Back Issue sets, for a limited time. Normally $60, the Back Issue set of 15-20 issues is now $30, postpaid by us.

March 12, 2017
Crosley's Sports Bar & Eatery
Cincinnati, Ohio
Michael Leahy Wows Sold-out Crowd at 34th Annual CASEY Awards Banquet!
34th Casey
Michael Leahy, author of The Last Innocents: The Collision of the Turbulent Sixties and the Los Angeles Dodgers (published by HarperCollins), accepted the 34th CASEY Award for Best Baseball Book of the Year here today in front of an enthusiastic and sold-out crowd of passionate and literate baseball fans. Leahy, who copped the 2016 CASEY with an impressive score of two first-place votes and one third-place vote, spoke for thirty minutes about the genesis of his book and the seven players who formed the nucleus of the work, especially Sandy Koufax, Maury Wills, and Wes Parker. Mr. Leahy mesmerized the crowd with poignant tales about the adversities the players faced and the feeling he had that their willingness to open up to him during interviews was a direct result of a sense of their own mortality. The Last Innocents makes a convincing argument for a reassessment of Wills' merit for induction into the National Baseball Hall of Fame, and Leahy also urged the audience to use their influence as serious students of the game to support Wills' cause. After his riveting acceptance speech, Mr. Leahy fielded questions for another half hour and then patiently signed numerous copies of his book for those in attendance. Once again, CASEY Banquet attendees proved that the best baseball fans anywhere are to be found in Cincinnati, Ohio. The Editors of Spitball congratulate Michael Leahy and all the other nominated authors for the 2016 CASEY Award and thank the CASEY Banquet's gracious host, Scott Schmidt of Crosley's, as well as all those whose attendance helped make the event an unforgettable afternoon.

January 22, 2017

Michael Leahy is the winner of the 2016 CASEY Award for Best Baseball Book of the Year for The Last Innocents: The Collision of the Turbulent Sixties and the Los Angeles Dodgers (published by HarperCollins Publishers). In garnering two first-place votes and a third-place vote (for a five point total), Leahy handily outdistanced the formidable competition. Spitball Editor Mike Shannon said, "Mr. Leahy gives us such a transformative view of a famous team and the struggles its key players endured that it's like encountering them for the first time. Even San Francisco Giants fans will experience new appreciation for these admirable Dodgers. The Judges clearly recognized the achievement represented by the book." As Judge Zach Sanzone said, "The Last Innocents succeeds in mixing history with an examination of important social attitudes that are as relevant today as they were in the 1960s. All the Finalists' books demonstrated excellent insight into the world of baseball, but the level of scholarship,  writing, and depth found in Michael Leahy's book made it stand out above the others." The Arm by Jeff Passan finished second (nine points), while The Selling of the Babe by Glenn Stout finished third (11 points).
    The 34th annual CASEY Awards Banquet will take place on Sunday afternoon (2:00 pm) March 12, 2017, at Crosley's Sports Bar & Eatery (4901 Vine Street, Cincinnati, OH 45217) in the St. Bernard Square shopping center. Attendance is open to the public, and tickets will be available at the door for $10 per person. Admittance includes a one-year subscription to Spitball: The Literary Baseball Magazine. The Editors of Spitball congratulate all ten Nominated Finalist authors and publishers of 2016, and thank the 2016 CASEY Award Judges (Avery Comarow, Zach Sanzone, and Jeff Singleton) for a job well done!

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.