Larry Ritter Book Award (Deadball)
Each year, SABR’s Deadball Era Committee presents the Larry Ritter Book Award to recognize the best new baseball book primarily set in the Deadball Era that was published during the previous calendar year. The Ritter Award is presented during the Deadball Committee’s meeting at the annual SABR convention.
All Larry Ritter Award-winning books can be purchased at the SABR Bookstore.
2014 finalists announced
Nominations are no longer being accepted for the 2014 Larry Ritter Book Award (2013 publication date.) In one of the tightest races in the history of the Larry Ritter Book Award committee, four finalists have been named.
The finalists for the 2014 award are:
- David L. Fleitz’s Napoleon Lajoie: King of Ballplayers (McFarland)
- Mike Lackey’s Spitballing: The Baseball Days of Long Bob Ewing (OrangeFrazerPress)
- William F. Lamb’s Black Sox in the Courtroom: The Grand Jury, Criminal Trial and Civil Litigation (McFarland)
- Gerald C. Wood’s Smoky Joe Wood: The Biography of a Baseball Legend (University of Nebraska Press)
The winner will be announced later in March. For more information, please contact Gail Rowe at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Larry Ritter Award winners
- Daniel R. Levitt's The Battle That Forged Modern Baseball: The Federal League Challenge and Its Legacy (Ivan R. Dee)
- Glenn Stout's Fenway 1912: The Birth of a Ballpark, a Championship Season, and Fenway's Remarkable First Year (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt)
- Kate Buford's Native American Son: The Life and Sporting Legend of Jim Thorpe (Alfred A. Knopf)
- Robert Peyton Wiggins’s The Federal League of Base Ball Clubs: The History of an Outlaw Major League, 1914—1915 (McFarland)
- Ronald M. Selter’s Ballparks of the Deadball Era: A Comprehensive Study of Their Dimension, Configurations and Effects on Batting, 1901-1919 (McFarland)
- Norman L. Macht’s Connie Mack and the Early Years of Baseball (University of Nebraska Press)
- Gene Carney’s Burying the Black Sox: How Baseball’s Cover-Up of the 1919 World Series Fix Almost Succeeded (Potomac)
- Richard Bak’s Peach: Ty Cobb in His Time and Ours (Sports Media Group)
- Jeffrey Powers-Beck’s The American Indian Integration of Baseball (University of Nebraska Press)
- James E. Elfers’s The Tour to End All Tours: The Story of Major League Baseball’s 1913—1914 World Tour (Bison Books)
- Jim Reisler’s Before They Were the Bombers: The New York Yankees’ Early Years, 1903—1915 (McFarland)
- Martin Donell Kohout’s Hal Chase: The Defiant Life and Turbulent Times of Baseball’s Biggest Crook (McFarland)