About Nine

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

Now entering its 27th year, 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 inter-disciplinary 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, Jerald Podair, Curt Smith, Janet Marie Smith, and John Thorn.

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