The Editors of Spitball are pleased to announce that the following books have been named as Finalists for the 2010 CASEY Award for Best Baseball Book of the Year:

The Amazing Tale of Mr. Herbert and His Fabulous Alpine Cowboys Baseball Club: An Illustrated History of the Best Little Semipro Baseball Team in Texas by DJ Stout (University of Texas Press);

Cardboard Gods: An All-American Tale Told Through Baseball Cards by Josh Wilker (Seven Footer Press);

The Empire Strikes Out: How Baseball Sold U.S. Foreign Policy and Promoted the American Way Abroad by Robert Elias (The New Press);

Fifty-nine in ’84: Old Hoss Radbourn, Barehanded Baseball & the Greatest Season a Pitcher Ever Had by Edward Achorn (Harper);

The Immortals: An Art Collection of Baseball’s Best by Dick Perez, text by William C. Kashatus (Brilliant Graphics)

The Last Boy: Mickey Mantle and the End of America’s Childhood by Jane Leavy (Harper);

The Last Hero: A Life of Henry Aaron by Howard Bryant (Pantheon);

Pie Traynor: A Baseball Biography by James Forr and David Proctor;

Target Field: The New Home of the Minnesota Twins by Steve Berg (MVP Books);

Willie Mays: The Life, The Legend by James S. Hirsch.