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.