SABR member Herschel Cobb wins 2013 CASEY Award

We’re pleased to congratulate SABR member Herschel Cobb, author of Heart of a Tiger: Growing up with My Grandfather, Ty Cobb (ECW Press), as the winner of the 2013 CASEY Award, awarded for the Best Baseball Book of the Year by Spitball: The Literary Baseball Magazine. From the press release at

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.”

Cobb is scheduled to receive his award at the 31st annual CASEY Awards Banquet, 2-4 p.m. on Sunday, March 9, 2014, at Crosley’s Sports Bar & Eatery, 4910 Vine Street, St. in Bernard, Ohio.

Other finalists for the CASEY Award included SABR members Tom Dunkel for Color Blind: The Forgotten Team that Broke Baseball’s Color Line; Mike Lackey for Spitballing: The Baseball Days of Long Bob Ewing; Edward Achorn for The Summer of Beer and Whiskey: How Brewers, Barkeeps, Rowdies, Immigrants, and a Wild Pennant Race Made Baseball America’s Game; and Robert Weintraub for The Victory Season: The End of World War II and the Birth of Baseball’s Golden Age.

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Originally published: February 11, 2014. Last Updated: February 11, 2014.