Two independent book publishing organizations recently handed out high praise for the game-used bat book Legendary Lumber, The Top 100 Player Bats in Baseball History.
The coffee table book was written by PSA’s Joe Orlando with Tom and Ellen Zappala and published last year.
The book received top honors on Tuesday in the 22nd annual “IPPY” Independent Publisher Book Awards contest, winning the gold medal in the sports category. The book was also honored with a silver medal at the 30th Annual IBPA Benjamin Franklin Awards ceremony on April 6. Both the IPPY Awards and the Ben Franklin Awards recognize excellence in book editorial content and design, and are regarded as the highest national honors for independent publishers.
Legendary Lumber: The Top 100 Player Bats in Baseball History has also been nominated for the 2018 Larry Ritter Award. Presented by the Society for American Baseball Research (SABR), the Ritter Award recognizes the best baseball book about the Deadball Era published in the previous year. First given in 2002, the award is named in honor of Lawrence S. Ritter, the author of The Glory of Their Times. The winner of the Ritter Award will be announced in June 2018.
Legendary Lumber showcases the most desirable professional model bats in the history of baseball while detailing the story behind the professional and personal lives of the players who used them.
It’s the fourth volume in the set of award-winning publications authored by Orlando and the Zappalas. The hardcover publication carries 240 pages and 325 full-color illustrations.
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