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Great Baseball Reading: CASEY Award Finalists Named

You might not have heard of the CASEY Awards, but trust me when I say you should read the finalists that are nominated for the award.

If you are looking for some good baseball books produced in the last year and don't know of a decent starting point in your search, below are some great ideas worth a try.

The finalists have been named for the 2013 CASEY Award, an annual honor bestowed by Spitball: The Literary Baseball Magazine honoring the best baseball literature published in the past year.

All of these are worth checking out. The finalists are as follows:

  • Class A: Baseball in the Middle of Everywhere by Lucas Mann (Pantheon)
  • Color Blind: The Forgotten Team that Broke Baseball’s Color Line by Tom Dunkel (Atlantic Monthly Press)
  • Going the Distance by Michael Joyce (State University of New York Press)
  • Heart of a Tiger: Growing Up with My Grandfather, Ty Cobb by Herschel Cobb (ECW Press)
  • Mickey and Willie: Mantle and Mays, the Parallel Lives of Baseball’s Golden Age by Allen Barra (Crown)
  • Mr. Wrigley’s Ball Club: Chicago & the Cubs during the Jazz Age by Roberts Ehrgott (University of Nebraska Press)
  • The Powers by Valerie Sayers (Northwestern University Press)
  • Spitballing: The Baseball Days of Long Bob Ewing by Mike Lackey (Orange Frazer Press)
  • The Summer of Beer and Whiskey: How Brewers, Barkeeps, Rowdies, Immigrants, and a Wild Pennant Race Made Baseball America’s Game by Edward Achorn (PublicAffairs)
  • The Victory Season: The End of World War II and the Birth of Baseball’s Golden Age by Robert Weintraub (Little, Brown)

The winner will be chosen at a later date, ad we'll report it here.