The 19th Annual NINE Spring Training Conference


March 7-10, 2012

Fiesta Resort Conference Center

Tempe, Arizona

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 7      Galleria Ballroom

5:30 p.m.  No Host Bar

6:00-6:45 p.m.             Registration

6:45-7:00 p.m.             Welcome

7:00-8:15 p.m.             Roundtable Discussion: Baseball and Pedagogy

                                    “What Works and What Doesn't”


THURSDAY, MARCH 8th    Galleria Ballroom

8:00-8:20 a.m.             Coffee

8:20-8:30 a.m.             Opening

8:30-9:50 a.m.             THE PETER GAMMONS SESSION

                                    Chair: Kevin Quinn

James R. Walker, Robert V. Bellamy, and Lawrence A. Wenner, “Baseball, Cultural Citizenship, and Television”

Tanya Lovejoy, “'Was Anyone Out There Watching Last Night?'  Why New England Sports Network (NESN) Needed Roger Clemens:  Sports Media Ownership and the Televised Sports Text”

Roberta Newman, “The MLB Fan Cave: Pitching to the 'Bros' in Hyper-reality”


9:50-10:00 a.m.          Coffee


10:00-11:50 a.m.         THE MARGARET GISOLO SESSION

                                    Chair: Jean Hastings Ardell

Mark P. Parillo, “Softball and the Redefinition of Gender: What Material Culture Suggests”

Dan Drane and Colin Penuel, “You Can Change the Name but Can You Remove the Concept of Dixie from Dixie Youth Baseball”

Bill Ressler, “Culture and Diversity in the Minor League Clubhouse: An Organizational Communication Perspective”

Kat Williams, “Isabel 'Lefty' Alvarez: The Rascal of El Cerro”

1:10 p.m.                     Ballgame: Royals vs. Rockies at Salt River Fields

Dinner - On Your Own

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

Ila Borders, "Baseball: My Past and the Present and Future of

   Women in the Game" 

Perry Barber, “Words and Music of the Diamond:

                           Baseball in Song”

FRIDAY, MARCH 9th   Galleria Ballroom

8:30-9:50 a.m.             THE HILDA CHESTER SESSION

                                    Chair: Roberta Newman

Steve Gietschier, “Slugging and Snubbing: Hugh Casey, Ernest Hemingway, and Jackie Robinson--A Baseball Mystery”

Raymond Doswell, “19 for 31: Jackie Robinson Steals Home and History”

Andy McCue, “Barrio, Bulldozers and Baseball: The Clearing of Chavez Ravine”

9:50-10:00 a.m.          Coffee


10:00-11:50 a.m.         THE BRANCH RICKEY SESSION

                                    Chair: Lee Lowenfish

Samuel Gale, “'It's a Press Victory': The Role of the African American Press in Desegregating Major League Baseball”

Mitchell Nathanson, “Race, Rickey, and 'All Deliberate Speed'”

Robert F. Garratt, “Horace Stoneham: The Neglected Pioneer”

John Sillito, “'Building the Pirates of Tomorrow': Race, Mr. Rickey, and R. C. Stevens, 1952-55”


11:50 a.m.-1: 30 p.m.   Lunch (On Your Own)       


1:30-3:00 p.m.            THE EDD ROUSH SESSION

                                      Chair: Jim Odenkirk

Charles Alexander, “Pete Rose and Ty Cobb: A Dichotomy, Not an Analogy”

Steve Steinberg, “The Day John McGraw Lost Control of His Team . . . and Quit”

Ed Edmonds, "Armando Marsans, the Major League's First Cuban Star, and His Federal League-National League Fight”


3:00-3:15 p.m.              Break


3:15-4:45 p.m.             THE CONNIE MACK SESSION

                                      Chair: Geri Strecker

Kristin Anderson and Chris Kimball, “How (Not) to Build a Ballpark: Location, Finance, Construction, and the Courts in the 1880s”

Maureen Smith, “Constructing History and Heritage 21st-Century Style: Major League Baseball and Statues”

Lee Lowenfish, “A Hall Grows in Lubbock”


4:45-5:00 p.m.             Break

5:00-6:30 p.m.             THE ICHIRO SUZUKI SESSION

                                    Chair: Bill Ressler

Rebecca Alpert, “Bud Selig: The First Jewish Commissioner of Baseball”

Bill Staples Jr., “From Internment to Hope: Celebrating Japanese American Baseball in Arizona”

Steve Treder, “The Pioneer's Pioneer: Masanori Murakami”


Dinner - On Your own


SATURDAY, MARCH 10th  Galleria Ballroom

8:30-9:50 a.m.             THE BILL JAMES SESSION

                                    Chair: Ed Edmonds

Paul Bursik, Kevin Quinn, and Keith Sherony, “Buckner, Bartman, Bobby Thomson: The Folklore and Fact of Pivotal Plays”

Roberto D. Sirvent, “Baseball, Civic Identity, and the Just Society”

Paul Brewer, “Sabermetrics and “The Age of Fracture'”


9:50-10:00 a.m.             Coffee


10:00-11:20 a.m.           THE DIZZY DEAN SESSION

                                      Chair: Trey Strecker

Scott D. Peterson, “'A Novelty in Baseball Literature': Ella Black and the 1890 Pre-Season”

Willie Steele, “Poetic Players: Baseball Poetry from Within the Game”

Ron Briley, “The Eighth Wonder of the World: Houston's Astrodome as a Metaphor of Modernism and Alienation in Robert Altman's Brewster McCloud (1970)”


1:05 p.m.                   Ballgame: Reds vs. A's - Phoenix Municipal Stadium


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

  No-Host Bar on the Patio

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

                                     Seymour Medal Award Presentation

Glenn Stout, Fenway 1912: The Birth of a Ballpark,

a Championship Season, and Fenway's Remarkable First Year


Keynote Speaker: Robert K. Fitts, “Murder, Espionage & Baseball: The 1934 All American Tour of Japan”

Originally trained as an archaeologist of colonial America, Robert K. Fitts has published numerous articles and three books about his passion - Japanese baseball. His first book, Remembering Japanese Baseball: An Oral History of the Game, won the 2005 Society of American Baseball Research and The Sporting News Award for Best Baseball Research.  The second, Wally Yonamine: The Man who Changed Japanese Baseball, is a biography of the first American to play professional ball in Japan after World War II.  His third book, Banzai Babe Ruth: Baseball, Espionage, and Assassination During the 1934 Tour of Japan, was published in 2012.