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.
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March 14, 2016
Charles Leerhsen Accepts 2015 CASEY Award before another Packed House at Crosley's Sports Bar & Eatery
Yesterday, March 13, Charles Leerhsen, author of Ty Cobb: A Terrible Beauty (Simon & Schuster), accepted the 2015 CASEY Award before another large and enthusiastic crowd of baseball savants who congregated at Crosley's Sports Bar & Eatery in St. Bernard, OH, a suburb of Cincinnati. Leerhsen treated the crowd to an extremely interesting speech, which provided fascinating insights into his approach to his subject. He revealed that he went into the project believing, like most people, that Cobb was a "monster" of a human being with few redeeming qualities, but then spent about ten minutes of research before finding the first evidence that totally contradicted the caricature of personality that had been fixed in the public's minds for decades; primarily by the outrageous invented assertions of unscrupulous men's magazine writer Al Stump. Leerhsen went on to explain how he was able to explode several pernicious Cobb myths, particularly the ideas that Cobb was a racist, that he sharpened his spikes in order to intimidate and intentionally injure other players, and that other players disliked him; and in the process come to the conclusion that the public did not know the real Ty Cobb at all. After his remarks, Leerhsen fielded questions from the audience for more than half an hour and later signed numerous copies of his CASEY-winning book. Casey Award Finalist Gary Cieradkowski was also on hand to accept his Nomination Award for The League of Outsider Baseball: An Illustrated History of Baseball's Forgotten Heroes. Cieradkowski's book was also published by Simon & Schuster. Spitball Magazine, the sponsor of the CASEY Awards program, thanks Scott Schmidt of Crosley's, all the friends of the CASEY who attended the 33rd annual CASEY Awards Banquet, and the Judges of the 2015 CASEY (Brian Baughan, Dan Neville, and Dennis Snelling) for a job well done. The Magazine also congratulates all the authors and publishers of the great baseball books which were Finalists for the 2015 CASEY.
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:
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 theselection 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 were nominated 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!
Spitball Acquires Minor Trips Newsletter
June 5, 2014
Spitball: The Literary Baseball Magazine announced today that it has purchased "Minor Trips," a newsletter devoted to minor league baseball, now in its 24th year of publication. Minor Trips will continue to be published in the same format and under the same title as before, with founder and former publisher Bob Carson remaining involved as an Editor Emeritus, contributor, and advisor. Spitball Editor-in-Chief Mike Shannon will assume the role of Editor and Publisher of Minor Trips, while relying heavily on the expertise and guidance of Carson. "There is no reason to re-invent the RV wheel (the one that takes MT readers to minor league games around the country) ," said Shannon. "Bob has created a wonderful publication that is supported by fiercely loyal and highly knowledgeable baseball fans, and we simply want to continue doing what he has been doing all these past years to give minor league baseball fans such a great forum for connecting with other fans who share their interest and passion. We have some ideas that we hope will make Minor Trips even better eventually, but we want to assure all of Bob's loyal readers that we have tremendous respect for the newsletter as it exists now and plan to introduce any changes very slowly and carefully so that readers, we hope, hardly notice any transition at all. Bob simply has too many things on his plate right now to give Minor Trips the attention it deserves, so we are thrilled to be able to continue in his footsteps." Spitball and Minor Trips will remain separate publications, although Shannon indicated that cost-saving synergies will be sought in all areas of production and fulfillment. Until an internet presence and an on-line payment option is established for Minor Trips, new subscribers should send payment of $15 for the 2014 Minor Trips newsletters to the Spitball office at: 5560 Fox Road, Cincinnati, OH 45239.
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