Author talk and book signing Saturday

Authors Tom and Ellen Zappala are celebrating the release of their new baseball book, The Cracker Jack Collection: Baseball’s Prized Players, with a local talk and slide presentation at the Trumbull Library on Saturday, March 29, at 2 p.m., followed by a book signing by the authors.

The book focuses on the lives of the players featured on baseball cards used as prizes in Cracker Jack boxes in 1914 and 1915. Now 100 years old, these cards have become extremely collectible and valuable. The players featured in the book range from some of the best in the game like Eddie Collins, Ty Cobb and Honus Wagner, to lesser-known players like Cuban-born Armando Marsans, a talented player who made fine cigars.

The player stories included in The Cracker Jack Collection: Baseball’s Prized Players give a glimpse into the lives of the men who shaped our National Pastime. The book also discusses the history of the Cracker Jack product and its close connection to baseball.

The public is welcome. For more information about the book, visit