Troy Historical Society to host guest speaker Lackey

For the Troy Daily News

TROY — The Troy Historical Society will host a presentation on early baseball in Miami County at 7 p.m. Sept. 21 at the Troy-Hayner Cultural Center, 301 W. Main St.

Mike Lackey will speak on “Long Bob and the Cincinnati Reds at Midway Park: Big-League Ball in Miami County, 1896.”

Lackey is a longtime newspaper reporter, editor and columnist. He is the author of “Spitballing: The Baseball Days of Long Bob Ewing,” a biography of an Auglaize County native who pitched in the major leagues from 1902 to 1912. The talk will focus on a game Ewing pitched against the Reds when he was with an amateur team from Wapakoneta.

The event is free and open to the public.

“Spitballing” (Orange Frazer Press, $19.99) won the 2014 Larry Ritter Book Award, given annually by the Society for American Baseball Research (SABR) for the best book about baseball’s so-called “dead ball” era, and was a finalist for the Casey Award, given by Spitball magazine for the best baseball book of the year.

Lackey is a native of Dayton and holds a degree in history from Earlham College in Richmond, Indiana. He worked 36 years for The Lima News before retiring in 2008. He won or shared 10 writing awards from The Associated Press, twice being named Ohio’s top columnist in his circulation category.

He will be available to sign copies of his book after the presentation.