Peter E. Randall Publisher’s latest book for baseball memorabilia collectors, Legendary Lumber: The Top 100 Player Bats in Baseball History, has been recognized nationally for its value to baseball collectors and its excellence in publishing.
Authored by noted hobby expert Joe Orlando with Tom Zappala and Ellen Zappala, Legendary Lumber: The Top 100 Player Bats in Baseball History received top honors on April 10, 2018, 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, 2018. 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 Larry 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.
A beautiful full-color coffee table format publication, Legendary Lumber: The Top 100 Player Bats in Baseball History is the fourth volume in the set of award-winning publications authored by Orlando and the Zappalas, and published by Peter E. Randall including: The 100 Greatest Baseball Autographs (IBPA Ben Franklin Gold Medal, 2017), The Cracker Jack Collection: Baseball’s Prized Players (IBPA Ben Franklin Silver Medal, 2014), and The T206 Collection: The Players & Their Stories (IPPY Bronze Medal, 2010).
Released by Peter E. Randall Publisher in 2017 to excellent reviews nationally, Legendary Lumber: The Top 100 Player Bats in Baseball History is hardcover with 240 pages, and 325 full-color illustrations. The book is available on TomZappalaMedia.com and Amazon.com.
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