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Awarded forBest baseball literary work
Presented bySpitball: The Literary Baseball Magazine
First awarded1983
Most recent winnerJoe Posnanski
Why We Love Baseball: A History in 50 Moments (2023)

The Casey Award (stylized as CASEY) is an annual literary award that has been given to the best baseball book of the year since 1983.The award was created by Mike Shannon and W. J. Harrison, editors and co-founders of Spitball: The Literary Baseball Magazine because, up until then, there was no award given to authors and publishers of distinguished baseball literature; it is considered to be the most prestigious award that can be given to a baseball book.[1]

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Award process

Baseball books, both non-fiction and fiction, are nominated by a panel of three judges under five main criteria: literary quality, informational content, analytical content, originality, and artistic appeal. After a shortlist is finalized, the judges vote on the book which has given "the greatest contribution to baseball literature". It is then presented at the annual CASEY Award Banquet held in Cincinnati, Ohio in January.[1]

Previously, the winner received a bronze plaque which manufactured by the Newman Brothers Company in Cincinnati and featured Nap Lajoie holding a quill, the original logo of the award which was designed by magazine's first art director, Blair Gibeau. In 2009, the bronze plaques were replaced by authentic Louisville Slugger baseball bats imprinted with a new CASEY Award logo designed by the magazine's second art director and longtime cover artist Donnie Pollard.[2]

Winners and finalists


Year Author(s) Book Result
1983 Eric Rolfe Greenberg The Celebrant Winner
Jules Tygiel Baseball's Great Experiment: Jackie Robinson and His Legacy Finalist
Harry Stein Hoopla Finalist
Donn Rogosin Invisible Men: Life in Baseball's Negro Leagues Finalist
L. Robert Davids Insider's Baseball: The Finer Points of the Game, as Examined by the Society for American Baseball Research Finalist
Lowell Reidenbaugh Take Me Out to the Ballpark Finalist
Richard Lindberg Who's on 3rd? The Chicago White Sox Story Finalist
1984 Peter Golenbock Bums: An Oral History of the Brooklyn Dodgers Winner
Walter Iooss & Roger Angell Baseball Finalist
Kevin Kerrane Dollar Sign on the Muscle Finalist
Eugene C. Murdock Might Casey: All American Finalist
Robert Creamer Casey Stengel: His Life and Times Finalist
Charles Alexander Ty Cobb Finalist
1985 Roger Kahn Good Enough to Dream Winner
John Thorn The Armchair Book of Baseball Finalist
Don Olson Bambi's Bombers: The First Time Around Finalist
Daniel Okrent Nine Innings: The Anatomy of Baseball as Seen Through the Playing of a Single Game Finalist
Dave Masterson & Timm Boyle Baseball's Best: The MVPs Finalist
Donald Hall Fathers Playing Catch with Sons Finalist
Donald Honig Baseball America: The Heroes of the Game and the Times of Their Glory Finalist
W. P. Kinsella The Thrill of the Grass Finalist
None Topps Baseball Cards Finalist
1986 Bill James The Bill James Historical Baseball Abstract Winner
Myron J. Smith, Jr. Baseball: A Comprehensive Bibliography Finalist
Terry Pluto & Jeffrey Neuman A Baseball Winter: The Off-Season Life of the Summer Game Finalist
Tony Ardizzone Heart of the Order Finalist
W. P. Kinsella The Iowa Baseball Confederacy Finalist
Jack B. Moore Joe DiMaggio: A Bio-Bibliography Finalist
Roger Kahn Joe & Marilyn: A Memory of Love Finalist
David Falkner The Short Season: The Hard Work and High Times of Baseball in the Spring Finalist
1987 Peter H. Gordon Diamonds Are Forever: Artists and Writers on Baseball Winner
Bowie Kuhn & Marty Appel Hardball: The Education of a Baseball Commissioner Finalist
George Plimpton The Curious Case of Sidd Finch Finalist
John Thorn & John Holway The Pitcher Finalist
David Q. Voigt Baseball: An Illustrated History Finalist
Charles Einstein The Fireside Book of Baseball, Vol. 4 Finalist
Tony Kubek & Terry Pluto Sixty-One: The Team, The Record, The Men Finalist
Neil Sullivan The Dodgers Move West Finalist
Joe Coomer A Flatland Fable Finalist
Curt Smith Voices of the Game: The First Full-Scale Overview of Baseball Broadcasing, 1921 to the Present Finalist
1988 John Holway Blackball Stars: Negro League Pioneers Winner
Roger Angell Season Ticket: A Baseball Companion Finalist
Lonnie Wheeler Bleachers: A Summer in Wrigley Field Finalist
Charles Alexander John McGraw Finalist
Dorothy Ruth My Dad, the Babe Finalist
W. P. Kinsella The Further Adventures of Slugger McBatt Finalist
Noel Hynd The Giants of the Polo Grounds Finalist
Lonnie Wheeler & John Baskin The Cincinnati Game Finalist
Gerald Astor The Baseball Hall of Fame 50th Anniversary Book Finalist
Dave Winfield & Tom Parker Winfield: A Player's Life Finalist
1989 Mike Sowell The Pitch That Killed: Carl Mays, Ray Chapman and the Pennant Race of 1920 Winner
Lawrence Ritter & Mark Rucker The Babe: A Life in Pictures Finalist
Mike Bryan Baseball Lives: Men and Women of the Game Talk About Their Jobs, Their Lives, and the National Pastime Finalist
Joel Zoss & John Bowman Diamonds in the Rough: The Untold History of Baseball Finalist
Paul Dickson The Dickson Baseball Dictionary Finalist
John Krich El Beisbol Finalist
Hank Greenberg & Ira Berkow Hank Greenberg: The Story of My Life Finalist

Source: [2]


Year Author(s) Book Result
1990 Harold Seymour Baseball: The People’s Game Winner
Shelly M. Dinhofer The Art of Baseball: America's Game in Painting, Folk Art and Photography Finalist
Mike Shatzkin The Ballplayers: Baseball's Ultimate Biographical Reference Finalist
James E. Miller The Baseball Business: Pursuing Pennants and Profits in Baltimore Finalist
William Curran Big Sticks: The Batting Revolution of the Twenties Finalist
Michael Sokolove Hustle: The Myth, Life, and Lies of Pete Rose Finalist
Darryl Brock If I Never Get Back Finalist
George Will Men at Work: The Craft of Baseball Finalist
Mark Winegardner Prophet of the Sandlots: Journeys With A Major League Scout Finalist
1991 Bruce Kuklick To Everything a Season: Shibe Park and Urban Philadelphia, 1909-1976 Winner
Andy McCue Baseball by the Books Finalist
Henry Aaron & Lonnie Wheeler I Had A Hammer: The Hank Aaron Story Finalist
Marc Okkonen Baseball Uniforms of the 20th Century Finalist
Brendan Boyd Blue Ruin: A Novel of the 1919 World Series Finalist
Jerry Lansche Glory Fades Away: The Nineteenth-Century World Series Remembered Finalist
David Lamb Stolen Season: A Journey Through America and Baseball's Minor Leagues Finalist
Dick Johnson & Glenn Stout Ted Williams: A Portrait in Words and Pictures Finalist
None Tales of the Diamond: Gems of Baseball Fiction Finalist
None Nolan Ryan: The Authorized Pictorial History Finalist
1992 Phil S. Dixon & Patrick J. Hannigan The Negro Baseball Leagues: A Photographic History Winner
Bruce Chadwick When the Game Was Black & White: The Illustrated Story of Baseball's Negro Leagues Finalist
David James Duncan The Brothers K Finalist
Robert Gregory Diz: The Story of Dizzy Dean and Baseball During the Great Depression Finalist
Peter Golenbock Fenway: An Unexpurgated History of the Boston Red Sox: Finalist
Lois Browne The Girls of Summer: In Their Own League Finalist
Lawrence Ritter Lost Ballparks: A Celebration of Baseball's Legendary Fields Finalist
Hal Erickson Baseball in the Movies: A Comprehensive Reference, 1915-1991 Finalist
Mike Betzold & Ethan Casey Queen of Diamonds: The Tiger Stadium Story Finalist
Luke Salisbury The Cleveland Indian: The Legend of King Saturday Finalist
1993 Michael Gershman Diamonds: the Evolution of the Ballpark Winner
Neal & Constance McCabe Baseball's Golden Age: The Photos of Charles M. Conlon Finalist
Ed Linn Hitter: The Life and Turmoils of Ted Williams Finalist
Barbara Gregorich Women at Play: The Story of Women in Baseball Finalist
Lloyd Johnson The Encyclopedia of Minor League Baseball Finalist
Wilfred Sheed My Life as a Fan: A Memoir Finalist
Donald Hall The Museum of Clear Ideas Finalist
Gerald Eskenazi The Lip: A Biography of Leo Durocher Finalist
Bob Edwards Fridays with Red: A Radio Friendship Finalist
Rich Westcott & Frank Bilovsky The New Phillies Encyclopedia Finalist
1994 John Helyar Lords of the Realm: The Real History of Baseball Winner
Bill James The Politics of Glory: How Baseball's Hall of Fame Really Works Finalist
David Halberstam October 1964 Finalist
Randall A. Hendricks Inside the Strike Zone Finalist
Daniel Coyle Hardball: A Season in the Projects Finalist
Al Stump Cobb: The Life and Times of the Meanest Man Who Ever Played Baseball Finalist
Nicholas Dawidoff The Catcher Was a Spy: The Mysterious Life of Moe Berg Finalist
Michael Bishop Brittle Innings Finalist
James A. Riley The Biographical Encyclopedia of the Negro Baseball Leagues Finalist
1995 Henry W. Thomas Walter Johnson: Baseball's Big Train Winner
Dan Gutman Banana Bats and Dingdong Balls: A Century of Baseball Inventions Finalist
Pete Williams Card Sharks: How Upper Deck Turned a Child's Hobby into a High-Stakes, Billion-Dollar Business Finalist
Jay Rogoff The Cutoff Finalist
Greg Rhodes & John Erardi Crosley Field: An Illustrated History of a Classic Ballpark Finalist
W.P. Kinsella The Dixon Cornbelt League and Other Baseball Stories Finalist
Jack Torry Endless Summers: The Fall and Rise of the Cleveland Indians Finalist
David Zang Fleet Walker's Divided Heart Finalist
David Falkner Great Time Coming: The Life of Jackie Robinson Finalist
Charles Alexander Rogers Hornsby: A Biography Finalist
Richard Panek Waterloo Diamonds: A Midwestern Town and Its Minor League Team Finalist
Stefan Fatsis Wild and Outside: How a Renegade Minor League Revived the Spirit of Baseball in America's Heartland Finalist
1996 Marty Appel Slide, Kelly, Slide: The Wild Life and Times of Mike "King" Kelly, Baseball's First Superstar Winner
Dan Shaughnessy At Fenway: Dispatches from Red Sox Nation Finalist
Richard Cahan & Mark Jacob The Game that Was: The George Brace Baseball Photo Collection Finalist
Rachel Robinson & Lee Daniels Jackie Robinson: An Intimate Portrait Finalist
David Cataneo Tony C.: The Triumph and Tragedy of Tony Conigliaro Finalist
Mike Shropshire Seasons in Hell: With Billy Martin, Whitey Herzog and "The Worst Baseball Team in History" ― The 1973–1975 Texas Rangers Finalist
Mark Winegardner The Veracruz Blues Finalist
Peter Golenbock Wrigleyville: A Magical History Tour of the Chicago Cubs Finalist
1997 Thomas Dyja Play for a Kingdom Winner
Arnold Rampersad Jackie Robinson: A Biography Finalist
Alan Klein Baseball on the Border: A Tale of Two Laredos Finalist
David Nemec The Great Encyclopedia of 19th Century Major League Baseball Finalist
Roger Kahn Memories of Summer Finalist
Joseph J. Dittmar Baseball Records Registry Finalist
David Pietrusza Lights On! The Wild Century-Long Saga of Night Baseball Finalist
Greg Rhodes & John Erardi Big Red Dynasty: How Bob Howsam & Sparky Anderson Built the Big Red Machine Finalist
Joseph A. Reaves Warsaw to Wrigley: A Foreign Correspondent's Tale of Coming Home from Communism to the Cubs Finalist
Paul Dickson The Joy of Keeping Score: How Scoring the Game Has Influenced and Enhanced the History of Baseball Finalist
1998 David Pietrusza Judge and Jury: The Life and Times of Judge Kenesaw Mountain Landis Winner
Dave Rosenbaum If They Don't Win It's a Shame: The Year the Marlins Bought the World Series Finalist
Frank Dolson Jim Bunning: Baseball and Beyond Finalist
Larry Canale Mickey Mantle: The Yankee Years: The Classic Photography of Ozzie Sweet Finalist
John Thorn Treasures of the Baseball Hall of Fame Finalist
Richard Bak A Place for Summer: A Narrative History of Tiger Stadium Finalist
Rodney Torreson The Ripening of Pinstripes Finalist
Samuel O. Regalado Viva Baseball: Latin Major Leaguers and Their Special Hunger Finalist
William J. Ryczek When Johnny Came Sliding Home: The Post-Civil War Baseball Boom, 1865-1870 Finalist
Ray Robinson & Christopher Jennison Yankee Stadium: 75 Years of Drama, Glamor, and Glory Finalist
1999 Neal Karlen Slouching Toward Fargo: A Two-Year Saga of Sinners and St. Paul Saints at the Bottom of the Bush Leagues with Bill Murray, Darryl Strawberry, Dakota Sadie, and Me Winner
Bruce Adelson Brushing Back Jim Crow: The Integration of Minor-League Baseball in the American South Finalist
Bryan Di Salvatore A Clever Base-Ballist: The Life and Times of John Montgomery Ward Finalist
William Marshall Baseball's Pivotal Era, 1945-1951 Finalist
Terry Pluto Our Tribe: A Baseball Memoir Finalist
Robert Reed A Six-Gun Salute: An Illustrated History of the Houston Colt .45s Finalist
Mark Rucker & Peter Bjarkman Smoke: The Romance and Lore of Cuban Baseball Finalist
Roberto Gonzalez Echevarria The Pride of Havana: A History of Cuban Baseball Finalist
Hobe Hays Take Two and Hit to Right: Golden Days on the Semi-Pro Diamond Finalist
Dean Chadwin Those Damn Yankees: The Secret Life of America's Greatest Franchise Finalist
Burt Solomon Where They Ain't: The Fabled Life and Untimely Death of the Original Baltimore Orioles, the Team That Gave Birth to Modern Baseball Finalist

Source: [2]


Year Author(s) Book Result
2000 Reed Browning Cy Young: A Baseball Life Winner
David McGimpsey Imagining Baseball: America's Pastime and Popular Culture Finalist
Roger Kahn The Head Game: Baseball Seen from the Pitcher's Mound Finalist
Darryl Brock Havana Heat Finalist
Richard Ben Cramer Joe DiMaggio: The Hero's Life Finalist
Milton H. Jamail Full Count: Inside Cuban Baseball Finalist
Jim Kaplan Lefty Grove: American Original Finalist
Jeff Hutton Perfect Silence Finalist
Glenn Stout & Richard A. Johnson Red Sox Century: One Hundred Years of Red Sox Baseball Finalist
Tim Peeler Touching All the Bases: Poems from Baseball Finalist
2001 Tom Stanton The Final Season: Fathers, Sons, and One Last Season in a Classic American Ballpark Winner
Jerry Kelly Bushville: Life and Time in Amateur Baseball Finalist
Steve Fainaru & Ray Sanchez The Duke of Havana: Baseball, Cuba, and the Search for the American Dream Finalist
James P. Quigel Jr. & Louis E. Hunsinger Jr. Gateway to the Majors: Williamsport and Minor League Baseball Finalist
Martin Donell Kohout Hal Chase: The Defiant Life and Turbulent Times of Baseball's Biggest Crook Finalist
Pat Williams Marketing Your Dreams: Business and Life Lessons from Bill Veeck Finalist
James N. Giglio Musial: From Stash to Stan the Man Finalist
Marty Appel Now Pitching for the Yankees: Spinning the News for Mickey, Billy, and George Finalist
Jim Morris & Joel Engel The Oldest Rookie: Big League Dreams from a Small-town Guy Finalist
Greg Rhodes & John Snyder Redleg Journal: Year by Year and Day by Day with the Cincinnati Reds Since 1866 Finalist
2002 Howard Bryant Shut Out: A Story of Race and Baseball in Boston Winner
Jane Leavy Sandy Koufax: A Lefty's Legacy Finalist
Tony Castro Mickey Mantle: America's Prodigal Son Finalist
Charles Alexander Breaking the Slump: Baseball in the Depression Era Finalist
Larry Lester Black Baseball's National Showcase: The East-West All-Star Game, 1933-1953 Finalist
Glenn Stout & Richard A. Johnson Yankees Century: 100 Years of New York Yankees Baseball Finalist
John Theodore Baseball's Natural: The Story of Eddie Waitkus Finalist
David L. Fleitz Louis Sockalexis: The First Cleveland Indian Finalist
Steven Travers Barry Bonds: Baseball's Superman Finalist
Richard J. Tofel A Legend in the Making: The New York Yankees in 1939 Finalist
2003 Michael Lewis Moneyball: The Art of Winning an Unfair Game Winner
Brad Snyder Beyond the Shadow of the Senators: The Untold Story of the Homestead Grays and the Integration of Baseball Finalist
Jim Bouton Foul Ball: My Life and Hard Times Trying to Save an Old Ballpark Finalist
Noah Liberman Glove Affairs: The Romance, History, and Tradition of the Baseball Glove Finalist
Elizabeth V. Warren The Perfect Game: American Looks at Baseball Finalist
Paul O'Neill & Burton Rocks Me and My Dad: A Baseball Memoir Finalist
Tom Stanton The Road to Cooperstown: A Father, Two Sons, and the Journey of a Lifetime Finalist
Henry D. Fetter Taking on the Yankees: Winning and Losing in the Business of Baseball, 1903-2003 Finalist
David Halberstam The Teammates: A Portrait of a Friendship Finalist
James E. Elfers The Tour to End All Tours: The Story of Major League Baseball's 1913-1914 World Tour Finalist
2004 Leigh Montville Ted Williams: The Biography of an American Hero Winner
W.C. Madden & Patrick J. Stewart The College World Series: A Baseball History 1947-2003 Finalist
Bob Bailey History of the Junior World Series Finalist
Jeff Pearlman The Bad Guys Won! A Season of Brawling, Boozing, Bimbo Chasing, and Championship Baseball with Straw, Doc, Mookie, Nails, the Kid, and the Rest of the 1986 Mets, the Rowdiest Team Ever to Put on a New York Uniform – and Maybe the Best Finalist
Greg Hoard Joe: Rounding Third & Heading for Home Finalist
Buster Olney The Last Night of the Yankee Dynasty: The Game, the Team, and the Cost of Greatness Finalist
Jim Collins The Last Best League: One Summer, One Season, One Dream Finalist
Neil Lanctot Negro League Baseball: The Rise and Ruin of a Black Institution Finalist
Alan Schwarz The Numbers Game: Baseball's Lifelong Fascination with Statistics Finalist
Michael Sokolove The Ticket Out: Darryl Strawberry and the Boys of Crenshaw Finalist
2005 Jonathan Eig Luckiest Man: The Life and Death of Lou Gehrig Winner
Ozzie Sweet & Larry Canale The Boys of Spring: Timeless Portraits from the Grapefruit League, 1947-2005 Finalist
Peter C. Bjarkman Diamonds Around the Globe: The Encyclopedia of International Baseball Finalist
Howard Bryant Juicing the Game: Drugs, Power, and the Fight for the Soul of Major League Baseball Finalist
Tony Massarotti & John Harper A Tale of Two Cities: The 2004 Yankees-Red Sox Rivalry and the War for the Pennant Finalist
Buzz Bissinger 3 Nights in August: Strategy, Heartbreak, and Joy Inside the Mind of a Manager Finalist
David Block & Tim Wiles Baseball Before We Knew It: A Search For the Roots of The Game Finalist
Willam Price Fox Satchel Paige's America Finalist
Bill Simmons Now I Can Die in Peace: How ESPN's Sports Guy Found Salvation, with a Little Help From Nomar, Pedro, Shawshank, and the 2004 Red Sox Finalist
Stephen Wong Smithsonian Baseball: Inside the World's Finest Private Collections Finalist
2006 Peter Morris A Game of Inches: The Game on the Field and the Game Behind the Scenes Winner
Leigh Montville The Big Bam: The Life and Times of Babe Ruth Finalist
David Levinthal Baseball Finalist
Joshua Prager The Echoing Green: The Untold Story of Bobby Thomson, Ralph Branca and the Shot Heard Round the World Finalist
David Maraniss Clemente: The Passion and Grace of Baseball's Last Hero Finalist
Mark Lamster Spalding's World Tour: The Epic Adventure that Took Baseball Around the Globe Finalist
Brad Snyder A Well-Paid Slave: Curt Flood's Fight for Free Agency in Professional Sports Finalist
John Gall & Gary Engel Sayonara Home Run: The Art of the Japanese Baseball Card Finalist
William C. Kashatus Money Pitcher: Chief Bender and the Tragedy of Indian Assimilation Finalist
Sam Walker Fantasyland: A Season on Baseball's Lunatic Fringe Finalist
2007 Joe Posnanski The Soul of Baseball: A Road Trip Through Buck O'Neil's America Winner
Jim Reisler The Best Game Ever: Pirates vs. Yankees: October 13, 1960 Finalist
Lee Lowenfish Branch Rickey: Baseball's Ferocious Gentleman Finalist
Norman L. Macht Connie Mack and the Early Years of Baseball Finalist
Peter Morris Level Playing Fields: How the Groundskeeping Murphy Brothers Shaped Baseball Finalist
Cait Murphy Crazy '08: How a Cast of Cranks, Rogues, Boneheads, and Magnates Created the Greatest Year in Baseball History Finalist
Jonathan Eig Opening Day: The Story of Jackie Robinson's First Season Finalist
Dennis D'Agostino & Bonnie Crosby Through a Blue Lens: The Brooklyn Dodgers Photographs of Barney Stein, 1937-1957 Finalist
Dan Shaughnessy Senior Year: A Father, A Son and High School Baseball Finalist
Tom Stanton Ty and The Babe: Baseball's Fiercest Rivals: A Surprising Friendship and the 1941 Has-Beens Golf Championship Finalist
2008 Kadir Nelson We are the Ship: The Story of Negro League Baseball Winner
John Feinstein Living on the Black: Two Pitchers, Two Teams, One Season to Remember Finalist
Bill Nowlin Red Sox Threads: Odds and Ends from Red Sox History Finalist
John Rosengren Hammerin' Hank, George Almighty, and the Say Hey Kid: The Year that Changed Baseball Forever Finalist
Daniel K. Levitt Ed Barrow: The Bulldog Who Built the Yankees' First Dynasty Finalist
William C. Kashatus Almost a Dynasty: The Rise & Fall of the 1980 Phillies Finalist
Andy Strasberg, Bob Thompson & Tim Wiles Baseball's Greatest Hit: The Story of "Take Me Out to the Ballgame" Finalist
John Hanley & Chris De Luca Classic Cubs: A Tribute to the Men and Magic of Wrigley Field Finalist
None Ballet in the Dirt: The Golden Age of Neil Leifer Finalist
2009 Larry Tye Satchel: The Life and Times of an American Legend Winner
Warren Corbett The Wizard of Waxahachie: Paul Richards and the End of Baseball as We Knew It Finalist
Joe Torre & Tom Verducci The Yankee Years Finalist
Mark Frost Game Six: Cincinnati, Boston, and the 1975 World Series: The Triumph of America's Pastime Finalist
Matt McCarthy Odd Man Out: A Year on the Mound with a Minor League Misfit Finalist
Michael D'Antonio Forever Blue: The True Story of Walter O'Malley, Baseball's Most Controversial Owner, and the Dodgers of Brooklyn and Los Angeles Finalist
Mike Vaccaro The First Fall Classic: The Red Sox, the Giants and the Cast of Players, Pugs and Politicos Who Re-Invented the World Series in 1912 Finalist
Brett Friedlander & R. W. Reising Chasing Moonlight: The True Story of Field of Dream's Doc Graham Finalist
Peter Morris Catcher: How the Man Behind the Plate Became an American Folk Hero Finalist
Bruce Weber As They See 'Em: A Fan's Travels Through the Land of Umpires Finalist

Source: [2]


Year Author(s) Book Result
2010 Howard Bryant The Last Hero: A Life of Henry Aaron Winner
Jane Leavy The Last Boy: Mickey Mantle and the End of America's Childhood Finalist
James Forr & David Proctor Pie Traynor: A Baseball Biography Finalist
Edward Achorn 59 in '84: Old Hoss Radbourn, Barehanded Baseball and the Greatest Season a Pitcher Ever Had Finalist
James S. Hirsch Willie Mays: The Life, The Legend Finalist
Robert Elias The Empire Strikes Out: How Baseball Sold U.S. Foreign Policy and Promoted the American Way Abroad Finalist
Josh Wilker Cardboard Gods: An All-American Tale Told through Baseball Cards Finalist
Steve Berg Target Field: The New Home of the Minnesota Twins Finalist
Dick Perez The Immortals: An Art Collection of Baseball's Best Finalist
None The Amazing Tale of Mr. Herbert and His Fabulous Alpine Cowboys Baseball Club: An Illustrated History of the Best Little Semipro Baseball Team in Texas Finalist
2011 Kostya Kennedy 56: Joe DiMaggio and the Last Magic Number in Sports Winner
Dennis Snelling The Greatest Minor League: A History of the Pacific Coast League, 1903-1957 Finalist
John Thorn Baseball in the Garden of Eden: The Secret History of the Early Game Finalist
Chad Harbach The Art of Fielding Finalist
Dan Barry Bottom of the 33rd: Hope, Redemption, and Baseball's Longest Game Finalist
Wilfred Santiago 21: The Story of Roberto Clemente Finalist
Neil Lanctot Campy: The Two Lives of Roy Campanella Finalist
Neal & Constance McCabe The Big Show: Charles M. Conlon's Golden Age Baseball Photographs Finalist
Thomas Aiello The Kings of Casino Park: Black Baseball in the Lost Season of 1932 Finalist
Glenn Stout Fenway 1912: The Birth of a Ballpark, a Championship Season, and Fenway's Remarkable First Year Finalist
2012 Paul Dickson Bill Veeck: Baseball's Greatest Maverick Winner
Norman L. Macht Connie Mack: The Turbulent and Triumphant Years, 1915-1931 Finalist
Robert K. Fitts Banzai Babe Ruth: Baseball, Espionage, and Assassination during the 1934 Tour of Japan Finalist
Harvey Araton Driving Mr. Yogi: Yogi Berra, Ron Guidry, and Baseball's Greatest Gift Finalist
Tom Clavin & Danny Peary Gil Hodges: The Brooklyn Bums, The Miracle Mets, and the Extraordinary Life of a Baseball Legend Finalist
Andy Jurinko & Christopher Jennison Golden Boys: Baseball Portraits, 1946-1960 Finalist
Rob Miech The Last Natural: Bryce Harper's Big Gamble in Sin City and the Greatest Amateur Season Ever Finalist
Marty Appel Pinstripe Empire: The New York Yankees from Before the Babe to After the Boss Finalist
Joseph M. Schuster The Might Have Been: A Novel Finalist
Gregory Jordan Willie Mays Aikens: Safe at Home Finalist
2013 Herschel Cobb Heart of a Tiger: Growing Up with My Grandfather, Ty Cobb Winner
Tom Dunkel Color Blind: The Forgotten Team that Broke Baseball's Color Line Finalist
Allen Barra Mickey and Willie: Mantle and Mays, the Parallel Lives of Baseball's Golden Age Finalist
Michael Joyce Going the Distance Finalist
Lucas Mann Class A: Baseball in the Middle of Everywhere Finalist
Roberts Ehrgott Mr. Wrigley's Ball Club: Chicago and the Cubs during the Jazz Age Finalist
Valerie Sayers The Powers Finalist
Mike Lackey Spitballing: The Baseball Days of Long Bob Ewing Finalist
Edward Achorn The Summer of Beer and Whiskey: How Brewers, Barkeeps, Rowdies, Immigrants, and a Wild Pennant Fight Made Baseball America's Game Finalist
Robert Weintraub The Victory Season: The End of World War II and the Birth of Baseball's Golden Age Finalist
2014 Kostya Kennedy Pete Rose: An American Dilemma Winner
William C. Kashatus Jackie and Campy: The Untold Story of Their Rocky Relationship and the Breaking of Baseball's Color Line Finalist
John Rosengren The Fight of Their Lives: How Juan Marichal and John Roseboro Turned Baseball's Ugliest Brawl into a Story of Forgiveness and Redemption Finalist
Doug Wilson Brooks: The Biography of Brooks Robinson Finalist
Rick Huhn The Chalmers Race: Ty Cobb, Napoleon Lajoie, and the Controversial 1910 Batting Title that Became a National Obsession Finalist
Dennis Snelling Johnny Evers: A Baseball Biography Finalist
Andy McCue Mover and Shaker: Walter O'Malley, the Dodgers, and Baseball's Westward Expansion Finalist
Roger Kahn Rickey & Robinson: The True, Untold Story of the Integration of Baseball Finalist
Rob Goldman Nolan Ryan: The Making of a Pitcher Finalist
Scott Simkus Outsider Baseball: The Weird World of Hardball on the Fringe, 1876-1950 Finalist
Bill Madden 1954: The Year Willie Mays and the First Generation of Black Superstars Changed Major League Baseball Forever Finalist
George Will A Nice Little Place of the North Side: Wrigley Field at One Hundred Finalist
2015 Charles Leerhsen Ty Cobb: A Terrible Beauty Winner
Charles Fountain The Betrayal: The 1919 World Series and the Birth of Modern Baseball Finalist
Travis Sawchik Big Data Baseball: Math, Miracles, and the End of a 20-Year Losing Streak Finalist
Steve Steinberg & Lyle Spatz The Colonel and Hug: The Partnership that Transformed the New York Yankees Finalist
Bill Pennington Billy Martin: Baseball's Flawed Genius Finalist
Philip Beard Swing Finalist
John Klima The Game Must Go On: Hank Greenberg, Pete Gray, and the Great Days of Baseball on the Home Front, 1941-1945 Finalist
Gary Cieradkowski The League of Outsider Baseball: An Illustrated History of Baseball's Forgotten Heroes Finalist
Jeff Katz Split Season, 1981: Fernandomania, the Bronx Zoo, and the Strike that Saved Baseball Finalist
Jon Pessah The Game: Inside the Secret World of Major League Baseball's Power Brokers Finalist
2016 Michael Leahy The Last Innocents: The Collision of the Turbulent Sixties and the Los Angeles Dodgers Winner
Jeff Passan The Arm: Inside the Billion-Dollar Mystery of the Most Valuable Commodity in Sports Finalist
Tim Peeler Wild in the Strike Zone: Baseball Poems Finalist
David Duchovny Bucky F*cking Dent Finalist
Ben Lindbergh & Sam Miller The Only Rule Is It Has to Work: Our Wild Experiment Building a New Kind of Baseball Team Finalist
Stephen Wong & Dave Grob Game Worn: Baseball Treasures from the Game's Greatest Heroes and Moments Finalist
Glenn Stout The Selling of the Babe: The Deal that Changed Baseball and Created a Legend Finalist
Tom Stanton Terror in the City of Champions: Murder, Baseball, and the Secret Society that Shocked Depression-Era Detroit Finalist
Michael Tackett The Baseball Whisperer: A Small-Town Coach Who Shaped Big League Dreams Finalist
George J. Gmelch Playing with Tigers: A Minor League Chronicle of the Sixties Finalist
2017 Marty Appel Casey Stengel: Baseball's Greatest Character Winner
Sridhar Pappu The Year of the Pitcher: Bob Gibson, Denny McLain, and the End of Baseball’s Golden Age Finalist
John Eisenberg The Streak: Lou Gehrig, Cal Ripken Jr., and Baseball’s Most Historic Record Finalist
Dennis Evanosky & Eric J. Kos Lost Ballparks Finalist
Paul Dickson Leo Durocher: Baseball’s Prodigal Son Finalist
Dennis Snelling Lefty O’Doul: Baseball’s Forgotten Ambassador Finalist
Jason Turbow Dynastic, Bombastic, Fantastic: Reggie, Rollie, Catfish, and Charlie Finley’s Swinging A’s Finalist
Richard Sandomir The Pride of the Yankees: Lou Gehrig, Gary Cooper, and the Making of a Classic Finalist
Kevin Cook Electric October: Seven World Series Games, Six Lives, Five Minutes of Fame that Lasted Forever Finalist
Keith Law Smart Baseball: The Story behind the Old Stats that Are Ruining the Game, the New Ones that are Running It, and the Right Way to Think about Baseball Finalist
2018 Rob Neyer Power Ball: Anatomy of a Modern Baseball Game Winner
Jane Leavy The Big Fella: Babe Ruth and the World He Created Finalist
Tony Castro Gehrig & the Babe: The Friendship and the Feud Finalist
Bill Gruber Baseball in a Grain of Sand: Seeing the Game through a Small Town Team Finalist
Tom Friend The Chicken Runs at Midnight: A Daughter's Message from Heaven that Changed a Father's Heart and Won a World Series Finalist
Anne R. Keene The Cloudbuster Nine: The Untold Story of Ted Williams and the Baseball Team that Helped Win World War II Finalist
Peter Devereaux Game Faces: Early Baseball Cards from the Library of Congress Finalist
Mark Di Ionno Gods of Wood and Stone Finalist
Todd Radom Winning Ugly: A Visual History of the Most Bizarre Baseball Uniforms Ever Worn Finalist
Bill Nowlin Tom Yawkey: Patriarch of the Boston Red Sox Finalist
John Erardi Tony Perez: From Cuba to Cooperstown Finalist
Randy Roberts & Johnny Smith A Season in the Sun: The Rise of Mickey Mantle Finalist
2019 Jeremy Beer Oscar Charleston: The Life and Legend of Baseball's Greatest Forgotten Player Winner
Paul Goldberger Ballpark: Baseball in the American City Finalist
Tyler Kepner K: A History of Baseball in Ten Pitches Finalist
Bill Pennington Chumps to Champs: How the Worst Teams in Yankees History Led to the 90’s Dynasty Finalist
Greg Rhodes, John Erardi, & Greg Gajus Baseball Revolutionaries: How the 1869 Cincinnati Red Stockings Rocked the Country and Made Baseball Famous Finalist
Alex Speier Homegrown: How the Red Sox Built a Champion from the Ground Up Finalist
Bob Klapisch & Paul Solotaroff Inside the Empire: the True Power behind the New York Yankees Finalist
Don Zminda The Legendary Harry Caray: Baseball's Greatest Salesman Finalist
Ron Rapoport Let’s Play Two: The Legend of Mr. Cub, The Life of Ernie Banks Finalist
Ben Lindbergh & Travis Sawchik The MVP Machine: How Baseball’s New Nonconformists Are Using Data to Build Better Players Finalist
Christopher J. Phillips Scouting and Scoring: How We Know What We Know about Baseball Finalist
Jason Turbow They Bled Blue: Fernandomania, Strike-Season Mayhem, and the Weirdest Championship Baseball Had Ever Seen Finalist

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Year Author(s) Book Result
2020 Thomas W. Gilbert How Baseball Happened: Outrageous Lies Exposed! The True Story Revealed Winner
Mitchell Nathanson Bouton: The Life of a Baseball Original Finalist
Dale Tafoya Billy Ball: Billy Martin and the Resurrection of the Oakland A's Finalist
Emily Nemens The Cactus League Finalist
Bill Dembski, Alex Thomas, & Brian Vikander Dalko: The Untold Story of Baseball's Fastest Pitcher Finalist
Robert K. Fitts Issei Baseball: The Story of the First Japanese American Ballplayers Finalist
Howard Burman Mutt's Dream: Making the Mick Finalist
Bill Madden Tom Seaver: A Terrific Life Finalist
Jared Diamond Swing Kings: The Inside Story of Baseball's Home Run Revolution Finalist
Brad Balukjian The Wax Pack: On the Open Road in Search of Baseball's Afterlife Finalist
Ethan D. Bryan A Year of Playing Catch: What a Simple Daily Experiment Taught Me about Life Finalist
2021 Joe Posnanski The Baseball 100 Winner
Dan Taylor Lights, Camera, Fastball: How the Hollywood Stars Changed Baseball Finalist
Andy Martino Cheated: The Inside Story of the Astros Scandal and a Colorful History of Sign Stealing Finalist
Dave Parker & Dave Jordan Cobra: A Life of Baseball and Brotherhood Finalist
Bryan Hoch The Bronx Zoom: Inside the New York Yankees’ Most Bizarre Season Finalist
Tim Wendel Escape from Castro’s Cuba Finalist
Steven Treder Forty Years a Giant: The Life of Horace Stoneham Finalist
Lonnie Wheeler The Bona Fide Legend of Cool Papa Bell: Speed, Grace, and the Negro Leagues Finalist
Luke Epplin Our Team: The Epic Story of Four Men and the World Series that Changed Baseball Finalist
2022 Kostya Kennedy True: The Four Seasons of Jackie Robinson Winner
Judith R. Hiltner & James R. Walker Red Barber: The Life and Legacy of a Broadcasting Legend Finalist
Howard Bryant Rickey: The Life and Legend of an American Original Finalist
Tyler Kepner The Grandest Stage: A History of the World Series Finalist
Ron Shelton The Church of Baseball: The Making of Bull Durham: Home Runs, Bad Calls, Crazy Fights, Big Swings, and a Hit Finalist
Paul Aron The Lineup: Ten Books that Changed Baseball Finalist
Dan Good Playing Through the Pain: Ken Caminiti and the Steroids Confession That Changed Baseball Forever Finalist
Joe Maddon & Tom Verducci The Book of Joe: Trying Not to Suck at Baseball and Life Finalist
Jason Cannon Charlie Murphy: The Iconoclastic Showman Behind the Chicago Cubs Finalist
Bob Ryan & Bill Chuck In Scoring Position: 40 Years of a Baseball Love Affair Finalist
2023 Joe Posnanski Why We Love Baseball: A History in 50 Moments Winner
Jesse Cole Banana Ball: The Unbelievably True Story of the Savannah Bananas Finalist
Jim Chapman Baseball Photography of the Deadball Era: Rediscovering the Early Lensmen and Their Indelible Images that Brought the Game from the Field to the Fans Finalist
Steven P. Gietschier Baseball: The Turbulent Midcentury Years Finalist
Erik Sherman Daybreak at Chavez Ravine: Fernandomania and the Remaking of the Los Angeles Dodgers Finalist
Mark Stevens The Fireballer: A Novel Finalist
Jeffrey Loria From the Front Row: Reflections of a Major League Baseball Owner and Modern Art Dealer Finalist
Russell A. Carleton The New Ballgame: The Not-So-Hidden Forces Shaping Modern Baseball Finalist
David Vaught Spitter: Baseball’s Notorious Gaylord Perry Finalist
Ryan McGee Welcome to the Circus of Baseball: A Story of the Perfect Summer, at the Perfect Ballpark, at the Perfect Time Finalist
Adam Lazarus The Wingmen: The Unlikely, Unusual, and Unbreakable Friendship between John Glenn and Ted Williams Finalist

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