2015 CASEY Award Finalists Announced

November 25, 2015

https://sites.google.com/site/spitballmag/_/rsrc/1269750976068/Casey-Award/CASEY%20AWARD%20bat%20logo.jpgAt least you won’t have the ridiculous dramatic pauses with camera zoom-ins and throbbing music as the audience awaits the name of the winner. (DWTS, I’m looking at you.)

The editors of Spitball Magazine announced the nine finalists for the coveted CASEY Award for Best Baseball Book of the Year.

The titles include:

  • The Betrayal: The 1919 World Series and the Birth of Modern Baseball¬† by Charles Fountain
  • Big Data Baseball: Math, Miracles, and the End of a 20-Year Losing Streak by Travis Sawchik
  • Billy Martin: Baseball’s Flawed Genius by Bill Pennington
  • The Colonel and Hug: The Partnership that Transformed the New York Yankees by Steve Steinberg & Lyle Spatz
  • The Game: Inside the Secret World of Major League Baseball’s Power Brokers by Jon Pessah
  • The Game Must Go On: Hank Greenberg, Pete Gray, and the Great Days of Baseball on the Home Front in WWII by John Klima
  • The League of Outsider Baseball: An Illustrated History of Baseball’s Forgotten Heroes by Gary Cieradkowski
  • Split Season 1981: Fernandomania, The Bronx Zoo, and the Strike that Saved Baseball by Jeff Katz
  • Swing: A Novel by Philip Beard
  • Ty Cobb: A Terrible Beauty by Charles Leerhsen

In a statement, Mike Shannon, editor of Spitball, said, “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.”


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