Finalists announced for 2013 Larry Ritter Book Award

SABR’s Larry Ritter Book Award subcommittee has named four 2012 books as finalists for the 2013 award:

  • Charlie Bevis’ Jimmy Collins: A Baseball Biography (McFarland)
  • Joel Franks’ The Barnstorming Hawaiian Travelers: A Multi-Ethnic Baseball Team Tours the Mainland, 1912-1916 (McFarland)
  • Daniel R. Levitt’s The Battle that Forged Modern Baseball: The Federal League Challenge and Its Legacy (Ivan R. Dee)
  • William A. Young’s John Tortes “Chief” Meyers: A Baseball Biography (McFarland)

The winner will be announced in April.

The subcommittee, which is charged annually with selecting the best book published on baseball’s Deadball Era, consists of: Jack Carlson, Mark Dugo, David Fleitz, Craig Lammers, John McMurray, Mark Pattison, Gail Rowe, Tom Simon, Doug Skipper and Trey Strecker.

For more information, contact chair Gail Rowe at

For more information on SABR’s Deadball Era Research Committee, click here.

To view a list of previous Ritter Award winners, click here.

Originally published: March 12, 2013. Last Updated: March 12, 2013.