2018 Conference Program & Review

We want to thank our presenters, volunteers, and partners for a successful 2018 conference.


Felipe Alou and Peter Kerasotis
Legendary baseball writer Arnold Hano (A Day in the Bleachers)
Jerald Podair (City of Dreams: Dodger Stadium and the Birth of Modern Los Angeles) receives the Seymour Medal.






2018 Program


6:00 p.m. Cash Bar

6:30-7:15 p.m.             Registration

7:15-7:30 p.m.             Welcome Emcee Steve Gietschier, Lindenwood University

Celebrating 25 Years of NINE: Larry Gerlach

7:30-9:00 p.m.             THE CY SEYMOUR LEAD-OFF SESSION

Arnold Hano, “Introduction: Memories of Alou”

“Alou: My Baseball Journey,” A Conversation with Coauthors Felipe Alou and Peter Kerasotis



8:00-8:20 a.m.             Coffee

8:20-8:30 a.m.             Opening: Steve Gietschier

8:30-9:50 a.m.             THE ALBERT LASKER SESSION

                                   Chair: Willie Steele

Lindsay Bell, “Hero’s Mountain: Kenesaw Mountain Landis and the Politicization of Baseball Idols”

Roberta J. Newman, “We Love Baseball, Hotdogs, Apple Pie, and Chevrolet . . . and Beer, Cat Food, and Margarine: Baseball and Advertising in the Era of Mad Men

Justin Turner, “MLB, ‘God Bless America,’ and a Pre-Twitter Anthem Controversy”

9:50-10:00 a.m.           Coffee

10:00-11:50 a.m.         THE MAMIE “PEANUT” JOHNSON SESSION

                                   Chair: Stephanie Liscio

John Burbridge, “Jackie Robinson and Jersey City”

Joseph Eaton, “The Cubs and ‘The Race’: Northside Baseball, the Chicago Defender, and African-American Chicago, 1969-1975”

Daniel T. Durbin, “Pressures: Stories from the African-American Experience in Major League Baseball”

1:05 p.m.       Field Research:  RANGERS VS. ATHLETICS at Hohokam Stadium

Dinner – On Your Own

7:30-9:00 p.m.            THE CRASH DAVIS SESSION

                                   Chair: Lisa Doris Alexander

Three films by Jon Leonoudakis: “Doug McWilliams: A Man with an Eye for Baseball,” “Jackie Robinson: A Lion in Winter,” and “Jim ‘Mudcat’ Grant: Baseball and Vietnam”



8:30-9:50 a.m.             THE PAM POSTEMA SESSION

                                    Chair: James Walker

Joseph L. Price, “How to Read a Ballpark”

Allison Levin, “All in Good Fun? The Emasculating Rituals of MLB Players”

Jordan Max-Ryan Englekirk, “Florida: Where Americans Go to Die and Umpires Are Born”

9:50-10:00 a.m.        Coffee

10:00-11:50 a.m.         THE JACK KEEFE SESSION

                                   Chair: Trey Strecker

Jason Cannon, “’We Have Got Too Much Murphy’: Cubs Fans and the World Series Ticket Scandal of 1908”

Jim Leeke, “Moose and Eddie: Harry McCormick and Edward Grant in the Great War”

Scott D. Peterson, “’Finding the Real’: Dixon, Lardner, Broun, and the ‘Great Cultural Divide’”

Robert F. Garratt, “Jazz Age Owner: A Literary Life of Charles A. Stoneham”

12-2:00 p.m.   Lunch: On Your Own or join Jean Ardell at noon on the hotel patio for a Dutch-treat lunch and conversation about the projects we are working on. Everyone at the conference—presenters and their friends, partners, spouses, and relatives – is welcome to attend

2:00-3:20 p.m.              THE MIKE VEECK SESSION

                                     Chair: Bill Ressler

Dan Levitt, “From Deadball to Techball: The Evolution of Baseball Innovation”

Al Piacente, “Not Our Mother’s (or Father’s) Baseball?”

Jon Leonoudakis, “Swing and a Miss: How Most MLB Teams Fail at Creating an Engaging Fan Experience, and How to Fix It”

3:20-3:35 p.m.              Break

3:35–5:25 p.m.             THE EDGAR MARTINEZ SESSION

                               Chair: Roberta Newman

Paul Hensler, “Issues of Race, War, and Cultural Zeitgeist: Baseball in the Late 1960s”

Stephanie Liscio, “Franchise Wanted: A Suburban Community’s Push for a National League Team”

Charlie Vascellaro, “Reconciling the Ravine”

Charles S. Adams, “Seattle, the Mariners, and the Lack of an Adequate Myth”

Dinner – On Your own.  Optional activity: Dinner at the Café of the Desert Botanical Gardens.  



8:30-9:50 a.m.             THE ROY CAMPANELLA SESSION

                                    Chair: Lee Lowenfish

Steven Gietschier, “Baseball’s Other Czar: Judge Bramham Confronts the Depression and Saves the Minors”

Lawrence Baldassaro, “An Oral History of Italian American Major Leaguers from the 1930s to the Present”

Steve Treder, “1946: Major League Baseball’s 1492”

9:50–10:00 a.m.             Coffee

10:00-11:50 a.m.           THE BILL VIRDON SESSION              

Chair: Justin Turner

Robert Bellamy and James Walker, “Pirates Pinned-In, Again?  Missing the Video ‘Gravy Train’”

Michael E Lomax, “Organized Baseball’s Business Model”

Mitchell Nathanson, “More Than Just California Dreamin’?: California Labor Code §2855 and Its Applicability To Major League Baseball”

Ed Edmonds and Frank Houdek, “Celebrating the 2017 World Series: The Astros and Dodgers Meet the Law”

1:05 p.m.            Field Research:  BREWERS VS. ROCKIES at Salt River Fields

5:30 p.m.                    THE BILL KIRWIN SESSION   Galleria Ballroom

Cash Bar on La Galleria Patio

6:15 p.m.            The Society for American Baseball Research’s

                                   Seymour Medal Award Presentation

With SABR CEO Marc Appleman and Dorothy Seymour Mills

2018 Seymour Medal Recipient: Jerald Podair, City of Dreams: Dodger Stadium and the Birth of Modern Los Angeles


Roundtable Discussion: “Baseball and the West” with Jerald Podair (City of Dreams: Dodger Stadium and the Birth of Modern Los Angeles), Lee Lowenfish (Branch Rickey: Baseball’s Ferocious Gentleman), Andy McCue (Mover and Shaker: Walter O”Malley, the Dodgers, and Baseball’s Western Expansion), and Robert F. Garratt (Home Team: The Turbulent History of the San Francisco Giants)

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