About Nine

Co-Chairs: 
Willie Steele, Lipscomb University, Nashville 
David Pegram, Paradise Valley Community College, Phoenix

Advisory Board:
Lisa Doris Alexander, Robert Fitts, Allison Levin, Mitchell Nathanson, Roberta Newman, Anna Newton, Kat Williams
Willie Steele and David Pegram with 2019 featured speaker, Nancy Faust

The NINE Spring Training Conference is a one-of-a-kind event: four days of dynamic, scholarly presentations on the subject of baseball, held in Tempe, Arizona, in the midst of Cactus League Spring Training. This is an interdisciplinary program, covering history, law, sociology, literature, media, architecture, and more. 

Conference attendees have an opportunity to conduct “field research” (aka, ball games) on Thursday and Saturday afternoon.

The conference culminates in a Saturday evening banquet, which includes the presentation of SABR’s Seymour Medal and NINE’s keynote address.

Former speakers include Charles Alexander, Marty Appel, Eliot Asinof, Darryl Brock, Robert W. Creamer, Larry Dierker, Rob Edelman, Nancy Faust, Rob Fitts, Arnold Hano, Roland Hemond, Leonard Koppett, Chris Lamb, Lee Lowenfish, Peter Morris, Eric Nusbaum, Jerald Podair, Ron Rapoport, Curt Smith, Janet Marie Smith, and John Thorn.

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