2022 Conference Program

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 2

4:30 Registration opens

6:00 Cash Bar

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

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

An evening with Jean Fruth (photographer and author of Grassroots Baseball: Where Legends Begin) and Anika Orrock (illustrator and author of The Incredible Women of the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League)

9:00 p.m.–??? This evening, and every evening, informal baseball discussions continue in the Kachina Lounge

THURSDAY, MARCH 3

8:00-8:15 a.m. Coffee

8:15-8:30 a.m. Opening: Steve Gietschier

8:30-9:50 a.m. THE BOBBY MURCER SESSION

Moderator: Gary Gershman

  • Jay Hurd, “Baseball Lore and Legend: Tedious Distraction or Legitimate Resource”
  • Robert F. Garratt, “A Fresh Scent of Scandal: The Dolan-O’Connell Affair”
  • Mark Armour,” Rakes and Hoses”

9:50-10:00 a.m. Coffee

10:00-11:50 a.m. THE VAN LINGLE MUNGO SESSION

Moderator: Jean Ardell

  • Autumn Marshall, “Fueling Success: Sports Dietitians in Baseball”
  • Jennifer J. Asenas and Kevin A. Johnson, “The First Amendment and Baseball: Controversies and Politics”
  • Rodney Paul, “Daily Fantasy Baseball: A Game of Chance or Skill?”

1:10 p.m. Field Research:  Tempe Diablo Stadium: Giants vs. Angels

Dinner – On Your Own

7:00-9:00 p.m. THE DOROTHY MILLS &  ARNOLD HANO SESSION

Moderators: David Pegram and Willie Steele

Yuriko Gamo Romer, “Dimond Diplomacy”—a film in progress

BREAK

Charlie Vascellaro on Roland Hemond

Panel Discussion on the Lives and Legacies of Arnold Hano and  Roland Hemond

Panelists: Stephen Hano, Jean Ardell, Dan Ardell, and Charlie Vascellaro

FRIDAY, MARCH 4

8:00-8:15 a.m. Coffee

8:15-9:50 a.m. THE GRANT JACKSON SESSION

Moderator: Justin Turner

  • Jay Thomas, “Art and the Psychology of Baseball (Or Vice-Versa)”
  • Richard Black, “Foul Lines and Fairways: The Baseball Jeremiad of Mark DiIonno’s Gods of Wood and Stone”
  • Bob Gorman, “The Sovereign’s Orb: The Ball as Metaphor in Star Trek: Deep Space Nine”
  • Eric Gray, “Bases to Bleachers: A Collection of Personal Baseball Stories from the Stands and Beyond”

9:50-10:00 a.m. Coffee

10:00-11:45 a.m. THE “STEEL ARM” JOHNNY TAYLOR SESSION

Moderator: Allison Levin

  • Jason Cannon, “Willie Mac: The Man Behind the Myth”
  • Stephanie Liscio, “A Seasoned Rookie: Sam Jethroe Joins the Boston Braves”
  • Cary Heinz, “The Four: Racism in Baseball’s Second Generation of African American Players”
  • Eileen M. Angelini, “Richard and Robinson: A Cross-Cultural Comparison of Racial Discrimination”

12:00-2:00 p.m. Lunch: On Your Own or join us at noon on the hotel patio for a Dutch-treat lunch conversation with Brad Balukjian, author of The Wax Pack: On the Open Road in Search of Baseball’s Afterlife, an LA Times Bestseller and NPR Best Book of 2020. Copies of the book will be available to the University of Nebraska Press table.

2:00-3:20 p.m. THE STEVE BALBONI SESSION

Moderator: Dan Levitt

  • Andy McCue, “It Really was a League Matter: Ford Frick and the Definition of a Commissioner”
  • Cathy Leogrande, “The Fordham Flash: The Life and Career of Frankie Frisch”
  • Mark McGee, “Crafting Baseball Legends: The Managerial Skills of Harry Craft”

3:20-3:35 p.m. Break

3:35–5:25 p.m. THE VON HAYES SESSION

Moderator: Roberta Newman

  • Ronald W. Cox and G. Nelson Bass, “Class (AAA) Conflict: 100 Years of Exploitation”
  • Justin Turner, “Out at Home: Two Norfolk Little Leagues vs. the United States Navy”
  • Jessica Skolnikoff and Robert Engvall, “Is Baseball Hastening Its Own Demise?”

Dinner – On Your own

SATURDAY, MARCH 5

8:00-8:15 a.m. Coffee

8:30-9:50 a.m. THE ELEANOR DAPKUS SESSION

Moderator: Stephanie Liscio

  • Allison Levin, “Show It to Me: Strategies for Growing the MLB Fanbase”
  • Emalee Nelson, “Vamos Chicas!: Mexican American Women’s Baseball Leagues of the Pre-World War II Midwest”
  • Roberta J. Newman, “The Girl with the Iron Arm: Tetsuwan Garu and the Mythical Birth of Professional Women’s Baseball in Japan”

9:50–10:00 a.m. Coffee

10:00-11:50 a.m. THE ELLA BLACK SESSION

Moderator: Jason Cannon

  • Eric Berg, “The Art of Closing: When a College Dies a Baseball Story Also Comes to an End—A Remembrance of MacMurray College’s Baseball Program, 1958-2020
  • Dan Levitt, “Sign Stealing Before Video: Was it Legal?”
  • Gregory Bancroft, “ ‘You’ve Got This!’: The Power Behind Little League Baseball’s Basic Meme and its Efficacy in Framing Conditions for Constructive Interactions”
  • Robert K. Fitts, “Sayonara Jackie Robinson: How the Brooklyn Dodgers 1956 Tour of Japan Altered Baseball History”

1:05 p.m. Field Research: Talking Stick: Mariners vs Diamondbacks

6:00 p.m. THE BILL KIRWIN SESSION—Galleria Ballroom

Cash Bar on La Galleria Patio

6:45 p.m.- 8:30 p.m. Closing banquet and The Society for American Baseball Research’s Seymour Medal Award Presentation and Keynote

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