It is our great pleasure to report that Spalding’s World Tour has been selected as a finalist for the Seymour Medal, SABR’s award for the best baseball book of the year. It’s not the book’s first honor: SI.com also called it one of the top baseball books of 2006, it was a finalist for the Casey Award (another baseball book trophy), and en editor’s choice selection of the New York Times Book Review. Hardcover copies of the book are still available; a paperback edition (that’s the cover above) comes out in June—pre-order yours today.
I should add that it’s especially satisfying to be nominated for an award named for the historian Harold Seymour. A couple of years ago I wrote a piece for the New York Times Book Review (on David Block’s “Baseball Before We Knew It”). Two weeks later, the paper ran a snide letter from some bozo named Albert Kirsch who suggested—moronically—that the review neglected Seymour. Well. How do you like me now, Albert!