9 Online Program

OCTOBER 12-13, 2023

*All times Eastern Time


Session #1—5:45-7:00 pm

Welcome—David Pegram and Willie Steele, Co-Directors

David Krell—“Walking the Baseball Beat: Dialogue, Blue Bloods, and New York City”

David A. Jepsen— “Zane Grey: Ballplayer and Baseball Fiction Writer”

Ben Brown— “A Postmodernist Approach to Mark Harris’ The Southpaw and Game 7, 1986: Failure and Triumph in the Biggest Game of My Life, by Ron Darling with Daniel Paisner”

Session #2—7:00-8:30 pm

Ben Railton—“The Celestials’ Last Game: Baseball, Bigotry, and the Battle for America”

Joe Marren— “Why I Decided to Write About Racism and Baseball”

Charles DeMotte—Baseball Boogie Woogie: Damon Runyan’s Writings on the National Pastime

Mark Hoose—“Veeck’s Double Play”

Session #3—8:30-10:00 pm

Rebecca A.R. Edwards—“What Difference Does a Game Make?”

Emalee Nelson—“A Brief History of Disch Field”

Mark Pelesh—“Damonsday MMXXII: Baseball Fortells the Metaverse”

Cathy Leogrande—“Capturing the Game on Canvas: Norman Rockwell’s Baseball Illustrations”

Aaron Burtch— “The Team I Love is Killing Me: An Analysis of the Walk-Off and Sports Grief”


Session #4—6:00-7:30 pm

Claudia Caplan Wolff—“The Colony of Baseball” Puerto Rico and the ‘National Pastime’”

Curt Smith—“The State of the Game”

Timothy Jurkovac—“Ballpark Naming Rights: Commodifying the Commons”

Lily Newman—“The AAGPBL: Was it Ever Supposed to Be Baseball?”

Leighton J. Reynolds—“The Perfect Storm in the Brain: A Case Presentation”

Session #5—7:30-9:00 pm

Bob Cullen—“The Launch of a Career in the National Pastime: Jim ‘Zipper’ Zapp Plays Baseball for the U.S. Navy”

Ryan Woodward—“Mind the Gap: Barnstorming Rookies Caught Between A League of Their Own and Title IX”

Nick J. Sciullo—“The Racial Suicide Squeeze: The Resistance to Afro-Latinidad in Baseball”

Brian Sheehy—“Boston Baseball’s First Star: James D’Wolf Lovett”

Cary Heinz—“Cap Anson Revisited”


Session #6—9:15-10:30 pm

Katherine Walden, Gregory Bond, Clinton Carlson, Michael Hebbeler, and Matthew Insley— “The Found Field Project: Baseball, Community, and History in South Bend’s Urban Core”

Eric Poulin—“After Sundown: Dan Thomas and Mental Health Treatment Amongst Pro Ballplayers”

Evan Thompson— “It was the best of times, it was the worst of times: The LCS, 1969-1984”

Greg Frediani— “Access and Innocence.  Spring Training in the 1980s”

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