The award recognizes the best new baseball book primarily set in the Deadball Era (1901-1919) published during the previous calendar year.
Baseball on Trial is awarded alongside Chuck Kimberly’s The Days of Wee Willie, Old Cy and Baseball War: Scenes from the Dawn of the Deadball Era, 1900-1903 (McFarland & Co). It is the first time in the history of the award that co-winners were named.
Baseball on Trial is the first comprehensive account of the 1922 Supreme Court decision that gave rise to professional baseball’s antitrust exemption also won an honor for legal history. Baseball on Trial was awarded the David J. Langum Sr. Prize by the Langum Charitable Trust, 2014.