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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31st Annual CASEY Awards Banquet a Smash Hit!
(Loyal Spitball supporters with 2013 CASEY winner Herschel Cobb and his Louisville Slugger CASEY: from L to R: Kevin Hess, Doug King, Billy Roebel, Annie Hess, Mike Roebel, and Herschel Cobb)
A packed house of Spitball Magazine and baseball literature supporters were on hand at Crosley's Sports Bar & Eatery in Cincinnati, Ohio, on Sunday March 9, 2014, to welcome 2013 CASEY winner, Herschel Cobb and his son, Ty Cobb, from their home in Menlo Park, California. After the usual preliminaries ... door prize give-aways, the shout-it-out trivia contest, a stellar performance by BALLZAK, the Magnificent, and the introduction of all 10 books Nominated for the 2013 CASEY Award, the crowd was treated to an informative and heart-felt acceptance speech by Mr. Cobb, the grandson of the incomparable Tyrus Raymond Cobb. Also on hand to accept Nomination Awards and to address the audience were Roberts Ehrgott (author of Mr. Wrigley's Ball Club: Chicago and the Cubs during the Jazz Age) and Mike Lackey (author of Spitballing: The Baseball Days of Long Bob Ewing). After the conclusion of the ceremonies, Mr. Cobb graciously posed for photos and signed copies of his winning book for more than an hour. Spitball Magazine thanks all those who sponsored and worked the event ... especially the Louisville Slugger Bat Company, Bill Goff Goodsportsart, and Crosley's Sports Bar & Eatery ... and the attendees whose presence demonstrated once again why Cincinnati is known as the Literary Baseball Capitol of the World.
Herschel Cobb Wins 2013 CASEY Award
Spitball Magazine is pleased to announce that Herschel Cobb and ECW Press of Toronto, Canada, have won the 2013 CASEY Award for Best Baseball Book of the Year for Heart of a Tiger: Growing Up with My Grandfather, Ty Cobb. The searing, sometimes horrifying, story about how Ty Cobb rescued his grandson from Herschel's abusive father becomes in the hands of the author an inspiring and beautifully-told memoir. The book received first, second, and third place votes to win the 31st CASEY Award by two points over the closest rival. Judge C. Paul Rogers III said, "No one who reads Heart of a Tiger will ever view Ty Cobb quite the same again. In a beautifully conceived and written memoir, fashioned without apology and set in the backdrop of a dysfunctional family for which Ty Cobb was undoubtedly to blame, his grandson shows the loving, caring, and giving side of a Cobb who is trying to make amends for his earlier failings as a parent. It is a compelling book which is hard to set aside and which stuck with me long after I closed the covers." Congratulations to Mr. Cobb and to ECW Press and to all the Nominated Finalists of 2013. And thanks to the Judges who did such a splendid job: Gary Cieradkowski, Jay Goldberg, and C. Paul Rogers III.
Please join us in Cincinnati on March 9 to honor Heart of a Tiger and the other Finalists of 2013 at the 31st Annual CASEY Awards Banquet. (see below for more information on the Banquet.)
New Date for CASEY Banquet
Jan. 17. Please be aware that for circumstances beyond our control the 31st annual CASEY Awards Banquet will take place Sunday, March 9, 2014, from 2:00-4:00pm, at Crosley's Sports Bar & Eatery, located at 4910 Vine Street, St. Bernard, OH (a suburb of Cincinnati). This is one week later than the date originally announced. We apologize for any inconvenience this change may cause anyone. The Banquet is open to the public, and admission is $10 per person. All baseball books received for review by Spitball in 2013 will be on display: more than 150 titles. The winner of the CASEY Award will be presented at the Banquet with his CASEY, a blue & gold baseball bat specially made by the famous Louisville Slugger Bat Company. Please join us for an afternoon of baseball fun in the literary baseball capitol of the world, Cincinnati, Ohio!
Finalists for 2013 CASEY Award Announced!
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Judges for 2013 CASEY Award Announced
Spitball Magazine is pleased to announce that the Judges panel for the 2013 CASEY Award will be:
Gary Joseph Cieradkowski, of Cieradkowski Applied Art & Design and the creator of The Infinite Baseball Card Set blog and baseball cards;
Jay Goldberg, a former sports agent and the owner of the Bergino Baseball Clubhouse and Art Gallery in New York City; and
C. Paul Rogers, a professor of Law and former Dean at the SMU School of Law, as well as the author of several baseball books, including biographies of Robin Roberts and Eddie Robinson.
Thanks to these three brave souls for accepting the challenge of Judging the CASEY!
Baseball Book Display at 31st CASEY Awards Banquet
The list of Finalists for the 2013 CASEY Award have now been determined, but it is still not too late for publishers to make sure that all their baseball books for 2013 will be represented at the 31st annual CASEY Awards Banquet which will be held in March of 2014. As usual, all books received by Spitball will be on display at the Banquet ... free of charge to the publisher. You can check on your books by looking at the "Current Baseball Books" page of this website. If you book is NOT listed on that page, we have NOT received a review copy of the book, and obviously it will not be on display at the Banquet.
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||Issue #73, (Fall 2013), with a Deacon White cover ... NOW IN THE MAIL!
The Fall 2013 issue of Spitball is now on its way to all subscribers. This outstanding issue features Mark Schraf's coverage of the 2013 Hall of Fame Induction ceremony (Hank O'Day, Jacob Ruppert, and Deacon White) in Cooperstown, New York; the Chapbook Corner column by Mike Shannon; the best new baseball fiction & poetry around; news about the latest baseball books; and much more. The issue also features the return of the great Donnie Pollard whose wonderful artwork of Deacon White graces the cover. If you do not receive this issue by December 12, please let us know