Spitball Magazine has selected Paul Dickson’s Bill Veeck: Baseball’s Greatest Maverick as the winner of the 2012 CASEY Award for Best Baseball Book of the Year.
Veeck received two first-place votes and one third-place vote, for a near perfect score of five points (low score wins). According to CASEY judge Jack Griener, a Cincinnati attorney and an expert on baseball & the law, “Dickson captures Veeck’s spirit in an entertaining and informative 300 pages that read as if they were only 30. What comes through so clearly is that Veeck was much more than a gimmick master. He was a visionary who consistently put together great baseball teams. And he had a blast doing it.
“If I were the Commissioner of Baseball I would require every owner to read this book,” said Griener.
Dickson was the author of two other books that were nominated for CASEYs: The Joy of Keeping Score (1996) and The Dickson Baseball Dictionary (1989).
Dickson is scheduled to accept his CASEY Award — a blue and gold engraved Louisville Slugger baseball bat — at the 30th annual CASEY Awards Banquet; to be held Sunday, March 3, at 2 p.m. at Crosley’s Sports Bar & Grill in Cincinnati.
Other finalists for the annual award included Banzai Babe Ruth: Baseball, Espionage, and Assassination during the 1934 Tour of Japan, by Robert K. Fitts; Connie Mack: The Turbulent and Triumphant Years, 1915-1931, by Norman L. Macht; Driving Mr. Yogi: Yogi Berra, Ron Guidry, and Baseball’s Greatest Gift, by Harvey Araton; Gil Hodges: The Brooklyn Bums, The Miracle Mets, and the Extraordinary Life of a Baseball Legend, by Tom Clavin & Danny Peary; Golden Boys: Baseball Portraits, 1946-1960, by Andy Jurinko, with text by Christopher Jennison; The Last Natural: Bryce Harper’s Big Gamble in Sin City and the Greatest Amateur Season Ever, by Rob Miech; The Might Have Been: A Novel, by Joseph M. Schuster; Pinstripe Empire: The New York Yankees from Before the Babe to After the Boss, by Marty Appel; and Willie Mays Aikens: Safe at Home, by Gregory Jordan.