Joe Orlando’s Latest Baseball Book Receives Pair of Honors for Independent Publishers
Good news travels fast. Hobby expert Joe Orlando, who doubles as PSA’s President, is also an accomplished author and his latest book for baseball memorabilia aficionados – Legendary Lumber: The Top 100 Player Bats in Baseball History – was just recognized nationally for its value to baseball collectors and its excellence in publishing.
Authored by 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.
When pressed to answer which bat would be his favorite of all time, Orlando responded: “In my job, I have had the privilege of seeing the very best of the best in every collectible genre imaginable. It’s always hard to pick a personal favorite when so many iconic items have passed through the doors at PSA. But if I had to choose, I would say the single coolest item submitted in my time at the company would be the bat Babe Ruth used to hit the very first home run in Yankee Stadium history on Opening Day in 1923.”
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 book, 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. Released by Peter E. Randall Publisher in 2017 to excellent reviews nationally, Legendary Lumber: The Top 100 Player Bats in Baseball History is a hardcover publication with 240 pages and 325 full-color illustrations.
If you’re looking for a cool, affordable birthday gift or graduation present for the baseball collector in your life, look no further. At just $30, you can’t go wrong with Legendary Lumber. The book is now available on TomZappalaMedia.com and Amazon.com.