We are proud to announce that Mike Lackey’s Spitballing: The Baseball Days of Long Bob Ewing is the winner of the Larry Ritter Book Award. The Larry Ritter Book Award is given by the Society for American Baseball Research (SABR), an organization devoted to the accurate preservation and celebration of baseball history. The sub-committee had this to say of Spitballing and its win:
“Lackey… offers his readers a superbly drawn portrait of one of early baseball’s grinders and his era. In addition, Lackey provides his readers imposing and informative endnotes as well as an impressive bibliography.
“Finally, Lackey writes well and argues his conclusions persuasively and clearly. It should be noted that of all the books in the Ritter Book Award competition this year, Lackey’s was clearly the best designed and most attractive. The publishers and its editors took care with this production, serving its author and his readers spectacularly.”
Published Fall 2013, Spitballing has been met with overwhelming support and enthusiasm. The chronicle of Bob Ewing, early twentieth century Reds pitcher and iconic master of the then-legal spitball, brings to life an era in baseball history riddled with tension, late-night games, and gambling. His book has been celebrated by baseball historians and devotees, and its accolades affirm a well-researched, well-written, and well-published book of historical merit.
Congratulations, Mike, on this recognition!