The award honors "the best book published each year, primarily set in or primarily about the deadball era."
The award subcommittee announced the books under consideration. The other nine finalists:
- SAM RICE, by Jeff Carroll
- CONNIE MACK, by Norman Macht
- SPOKE--THE STORY OF TRIS SPEAKER, by Charles Alexander
- AUGUST "GARRY" HERRMANN, by William Cook
- CRAZY '08, by Cait Murphy
- LEVEL PLAYING FIELDS, by Peter Morris
- THE ARRIVAL OF THE AMERICAN LEAGUE, by William Wilbert
- THE GREATEST GAME EVER PLAYED IN DIXIE, by John Simpson
- MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL PLAYERS OF 1916, by Paul Batesel
You've heard it said, "It was an honor just to be nominated"? Well, that's my feeling here. And it's a surprise to be nominated, because I had no hand in it.
I haven't read the other eight books, but I'm just finishing Macht's biography of Connie Mack, and it's tremendous. (More on that soon.)