SABR member Paul Dickson wins 2012 CASEY Award

We are pleased to congratulate SABR member Paul Dickson, author of Bill Veeck: Baseball’s Greatest Maverick (Walker & Company), as the winner of the 2012 CASEY Award, awarded for the Best Baseball Book of the Year by Spitball: The Literary Baseball Magazine.

Dickson’s biography of Veeck won the Spitball Magazine award in a landslide, copping two first-place votes and one third-place vote, for a near-perfect score of 5 points (low score wins). Judge Jack Griener, a Cincinnati attorney in the firm of Graydon Head & Ritchey and an expert on baseball & the law, had this to say about Mr. Dickson’s CASEY-winning book:

“Dickson captures Veeck’s spirit in an entertaining and informative 300 pages that read as if they were only 30. What comes through so clearly is that Veeck was much more than a gimmick master. He was a visionary who consistently put together great baseball teams. And he had a blast doing it. If I were the Commissioner of Baseball I would require every owner to read this book.”

Dickson is scheduled to accept his CASEY Award, a specially made royal blue and gold engraved Louisville Slugger baseball bat, in person, at the 30th annual CASEY Awards Banquet on Sunday, March 3, 2013, at 2:00 at Crosley’s Sports Bar & Grill in Cincinnati, Ohio. The Banquet is open to the public.

The Judges of the 2012 CASEY Award: Jack Griener, Jon Leonoudakis and John Poff.

Other finalists for the award included SABR members Robert Fitts (Banzai Babe Ruth: Baseball, Espionage, and Assassination during the 1934 Tour of Japan); Norman L. Macht (Connie Mack: The Turbulent and Triumphant Years, 1915-1931); Joseph M. Schuster (The Might Have Been: A Novel); and Marty Appel (Pinstripe Empire: The New York Yankees from Before the Babe to After the Boss).

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Originally published: January 16, 2013. Last Updated: January 16, 2013.