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Reising’s “Chasing Moonlight” Receives Casey Nomination Award


Dr. Robert Reising proudly displays his Casey Award Nomination.

WILLIAMSBURG, Ky. – Robert Reising, a professor of education at University of the Cumberlands, has received the Casey Nomination Award for his critically acclaimed “Chasing Moonlight: The True Story of Field of Dreams’ Doc Graham,” a biography accounting the story of international icon Dr. Archibald Wright “Moonlight” Graham.

The book by Reising and his co-author, Brett Friedlander, was one of ten runners up for the Casey Award. At a banquet on March 7, 2010 in Cincinnati, Ohio, Reising received the Casey Nomination Award on behalf of his co-author who was unable to attend the event. “Chasing Moonlight” placed second to Larry Tye’s “Satchel: The Life and Times of an American Legend,” which chronicled the story of African American pitcher Satchel Paige. Reising states, “We were competing with all other baseball books of 2009. To be a runner up to Tye’s book is hardly a disappointment. To lose to a strong, superior book is an honor.”

Reising and Friedlander have visited seven states attending book signings and readings for their book. Both plan to start back with their book signings on April 24th, visiting major league baseball parks. Reising noted also that he and Friedlander would serve as possible consultants for a ‘Doc Graham museum’ scheduled to begin in summer 2010 in Chisholm, Minnesota.

Inaugurated in 1983 by Mike Shannon and W.J. Harrison, the editors and co-founders of “Spitball: The Literary Baseball Magazine,” the Casey Award was the first award to honor the authors and publishers of the best baseball book of the year. Each of the 240+ books that have been nominated as finalists for the Casey Award are substantial contributors to baseball literature. The award is presented to the winning author at the annual Casey Banquet, held in the Cincinnati area.