25th Cooperstown Symposium on Baseball and American Culture


May 29 – May 31, 2013
Cooperstown, New York

Featuring Keynote Speaker:

FRANK DEFORD

Author and Commentator
Baseball, Casey and Me

The Cooperstown Symposium on Baseball and American Culture, co-sponsored by the State University of New York College at Oneonta and the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum, examines the impact of baseball on American culture from interdisciplinary and multi-disciplinary perspectives. 

Program Schedule

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

1:00pm to 2:00pm

Keynote Address (Grandstand Theater)

  • Opening Remarks
    Bill Simons, Cooperstown Symposium Co-Director 
  •  Welcome
    Jeff Idelson, President of the National Baseball Hall of Fame 
  •  Special Presentation
    Jeff Katz, Mayor of the Village of Cooperstown
    Nancy Kleniewski, President of SUNY-Oneonta
    Jeff Idelson, President of the National Baseball Hall of Fame
  • Keynote Address: Baseball, Casey and Me 
    Frank Deford, Author and Commentator

2:15pm to 3:30pm

Concurrent Panel 1: Baseball and Civil Rights (Bullpen Theater)
Moderator: Ivy Weingram (National Museum of American Jewish History – Philadelphia, PA)

  • Jackie Robinson, Integration, and the Negro Leagues…More Disguise Than Blessing?
    Ed Edmonds (University of Notre Dame – South Bend, IN)
    Michael Cozzillio (Widener University – Harrisburg, PA) 
  • Paul Robeson and Baseball: In Fact and Fiction
    Mark Altschuler (Bergen Community College – Paramus, NJ)
    William Burke (New Jersey City University – Jersey City, NJ) 
  • Horace Stoneham and Breaking Baseball's Second Color Line
    Robert Garratt (University of Puget Sound – Tacoma, WA)

Concurrent Panel 2: Baseball and Biography (Learning Center)
Moderator: David Krell (Jersey City, NJ)

  • From the Inside Looking Out: Confessional Memoirs from the Yankee Dugout
    Willie Steele (Oklahoma Christian University – Edmond, OK) 
  • Writing Charlie Hustle: "The Pete Rose Story" and Autobiographical Image Making
    Todd McDorman (Wabash College – Crawfordsville, IN) 
  • The Glory Years of the Baltimore Orioles and the Five General Managers Who Led Them, 1960-1983
    Lee Lowenfish (Columbia University – New York, NY)

3:45pm to 5:15pm

Concurrent Panel 3: Organizing the Players: Unions in Baseball History (Bullpen Theater)
Moderator: Ron Kaplan (New Jersey Jewish News – Montclair, NJ)

  • John Montgomery Ward: Baseball Pioneer
    Millard Fisher (Centers for Disease Control – Atlanta, GA)
  • That Was Then, This is Now: The Evolution of Player Contracts in Baseball
    Lee Green (Baker University – Baldwin City, KS)
  • Marvin Miller, Unionism, and the Transformation of Baseball in the 1970s
    Ron Briley (Sandia Preparatory School – Albuquerque, NM)

Concurrent Panel 4: Baseball and the Government (Learning Center)
Moderator: Mark Altschuler (Bergen Community College – Paramus, NJ) 

  • Congress Steps Up to the Plate
    Adam Berenbak (National Archives and Records Administration – Washington, DC)
  • Take Me Out to the Hearings: Major League Baseball Players Before Congress
    Christian Brill (Brill Law Offices – Columbus, OH)
    Howard Brill (University of Arkansas – Fayetteville, AR)
  • Baseball and the Red Scare: Chavez Ravine, Frank Wilkinson, and Baseball During the Time of the Red Scare
    Matthew Yeazel (Anne Arundel Community College – Arnold, MD)

7:00pm to 8:30pm

Plenary Session A: The Mighty Casey on his 125th Anniversary (Grandstand Theater)
Moderator: Tim Wiles (National Baseball Hall of Fame – Cooperstown, NY) 

  • It Was a Hole in His Bat That Did Him In: Egbert Williams as "The Black Casey"
    Larry Hogan (Union County College – Cranford, NJ)
    Kevin Kane (Paul Laurence Dunbar School – South Bronx, NY)
  • From "No Joy in Mudville" to "I'm a Yankee Doodle Dandy": Casey at the Bat and Irish Assimilation
    Richard Pioreck (Hofstra University – Hempstead, NY)
  • "The Band is Playing Somewhere": Unpacking the Music of "Casey at the Bat"
    Timothy Johnson (Ithaca College – Ithaca, NY)

Thursday: May 30, 2013

8:15am to 9:00am

Please join the early risers for some light refreshments and conversation in the Giamatti Research Center where a continental style breakfast will be served for symposium participants. Light beverages and snacks will be available in the Giamatti Center until 5:00pm. Please enter via the Library door on Fair Street between 8:15am and 9:00am. The Museum doors on Main Street will not open until 9:00am.

9:00am to 10:15am

Concurrent Panel 5: Baseball in Conflict: The Civil War, World War I and World War II (Bullpen Theater)
Moderator: Ira Cooperman (Chautauqua Institution – Chautauqua, NY)

  • Winning the War: Civil War Baseball
    Frank Williams (Supreme Court of Rhode Island – Providence, RI)
  • Playing Ball "Over There": Clark Griffith's Ball and Bat Fund
    Paul Hensler (Ellington, CT)
  • Battered but not Broken: Baseball and Masculinity at Tule Lake, 1942-1946
    Terumi Rafferty-Osaki (American University – Washington, DC)

Concurrent Panel 6: Baseball and Cultural Expectations (Learning Center)
Moderator: Alex Sanders (College of Charleston – Charleston, SC)

  • Mario's Choice: To Cheat or Not to Cheat
    Oren Renick (Texas State University – San Marcos, TX)
    Mario Ramos (Texas State University – San Marcos, TX)
  • Mythmaking and the Archetypical Hero: Mickey Mantle in the Pages of the New York Times and Sports Illustrated, 1951-1956
    Jon Arakaki (SUNY – Oneonta, NY)
  • The Time Ted Williams was Struck out by a Girl, Probably
    Robert S. Brown (Daniel Webster College – Nashua, NH)

10:30am to 11:45am

Concurrent Panel 7: Baseball on the Edge (Bullpen Theater)
Moderator: Denis Brennan (Union College – Schenectady, NY)

  • God Bless Whose América? Retrieving the Subversive Memory of Roberto Clemente
    Carmen Nanko-Fernández (Catholic Theological Union – Chicago, IL) 
  • ‘a Slipping, 'a Ripping, and ‘a Tripping: Mother Hubbard Baseball, Social Inversion and the Carnivalesque in Fin de Siècle America
    Johnny Moore (Radford University – Radford, VA) 
  • Out in the Outfield: A Short History of Baseball and the LGBTQ Community
    Jeremy Redlien (Wilkes University – Wilkes-Barre, PA)

Concurrent Panel 8: Skirting the Issue IV: Women and Professional Baseball (Learning Center)
Moderator: Lisa Neilson (Marist College – Poughkeepsie, NY)

  • Unleveled Fields, Re-Appropriated Dreams: Baseball, Black Women and the Politics of Representation
    Amira Rose Davis (Johns Hopkins University – Baltimore, MD) 
  • Texas Bluebonnets - It's Our National Game Too: Professional Women's Baseball in The 20th Century
    Joseph Thompson (University of Houston – Houston, TX) 
  • The Shutout: American Women and the National Pastime
    Jennifer Ring (University of Nevada – Reno, NV)

1:15pm to 2:30pm

Concurrent Panel 9: Baseball Potpourri: A Story Everywhere You Look (Bullpen Theater)
Moderator: Lauren Wright (Tompkins Cortland Community College – Dryden, NY)

  • The Major League Umpires Association from 1978-2000 and the World Umpire Association from 2000 to Present
    Paul Staudohar (California State University, East Bay – Hayward, CA)
    Robert Paskal (Boothbay Harbor, ME)
    Jim Dworkin (Purdue University North Central – Westville, IN) 
  • 125 Years of "Casey at the Bat" and One Fortnight of Team Israel in the WBC: Rediscovering the Classic in Baseball
    William Ressler (Ithaca College – Ithaca, NY) 
  • The Uniqueness of Baseball as an American Sport: A Psycho-Biblical Analysis
    Paul Cantz (University of Illinois College of Medicine – Chicago, IL)
    Daniel Kaplan (Chicago, IL)
    Kalman Kaplan (University of Illinois College of Medicine – Chicago, IL)

Concurrent Panel 10: Baseball in the Community (Learning Center)
Moderator: Michael Palmer (Aesthetic Realism Foundation – New York, NY)

  • Sugarbeet Fields to Fields of Dream
    Gabriel Lopez (Northern Colorado Heritage League – Greeley, CO)
    Jody Lopez (Northern Colorado Heritage League – Greeley, CO) 
  • Chivalrous Contest: The Massachusetts Game in Worcester County
    Shane Ellement (Clark University – Worcester, MA) 
  • The Legacy of the Draper and Maynard Sporting Goods Factory: Its Impact on the Future of the Sport World
    Louise McCormack (Plymouth State University – Plymouth, NH)

3:00pm to 4:30pm

Concurrent Panel 11: Violence in Baseball (Bullpen Theater)
Moderator: Ira Stolzenberg (State University of New York – Farmingdale, NY)

  • The Seven Dirty Words You Can't Say About Baseball: How George Carlin Explains the Relative Absence of Fan Violence in American Spectator Sports.
    Martin Lewison (State University of New York – Farmingdale, NY) 
  • Are Ballplayers at Greater Risk of Violence?
    Wayne Patterson (Howard University – Washington, DC) 
  • Bullying and Baseball: Part of the Game?
    Francis Marra (University of Rochester – Rochester, NY)

Concurrent Panel 12: Baseball Along the Pacific Rim (Learning Center)
Moderator: Bob Cullen (American Assoc. of State Highway and Transportation Officials – Baltimore, MD)

  • The First Decade of Baseball in Philippines Education, 1900-1910
    Geri Strecker (Ball State University – Muncie, IN) 
  • Clash of Cultures: The Assimilation of Asian Baseball Players into Major League Baseball and the Minor League System
    Kenneth Jacobsen (Temple University – Philadelphia, PA) 
  • Strike Outs, Bat-Ball, and the Great Wall: The Challenges of Baseball in the Middle Kingdom.
    Keith Robbins (Elon University – Elon, NC)

5:00pm to 6:45pm

Plenary Session B: Vintage Town Ball Game (Cooper Park – weather permitting)
Hosts: Tom Heitz, Leatherstocking Base Ball Club (Cooperstown, NY)

Today’s game of baseball can trace its origins back to a number of stick and ball games which were played in the American colonies and which had their roots in Europe. Weather permitting, local historian Tom Heitz will serve as host, instructor and umpire in this recreation of a vintage town ball game, circa the 1840s. All symposium participants are invited to join in and play. Everyone will have the opportunity to play the field and take a turn swinging the bat. Remember, no gloves allowed. Dress casually and join in the fun. In the event of inclement weather, please use this free time to explore the museum.

7:00pm to 9:00pm

Plenary Session C: Barbecue Chicken Dinner (Hall of Fame Plaque Gallery)
Host: Jim Gates, National Baseball Hall of Fame (Cooperstown, NY)

The annual dinner will be held immediately following the Town Ball Game. We will parade over to the Hall of Fame Main Street entrance to enjoy a barbecue chicken dinner, which will include an appearance by The Mighty Casey. A vegetarian option is available with an advance request.

Friday: May 31, 2013

8:15am to 9:00am

Please join the early risers for some light refreshments and conversation in the Giamatti Research Center where a continental style breakfast will be served for symposium participants Light beverages and snacks will be available in the Giamatti Center until 5:00pm. Please enter via the Library door on Fair Street between 8:15am and 9:00am. The Museum doors on Main Street will not open until 9:00am.

9:00am to 9:50am

Concurrent Panel 13: Baseball in Pop Culture (Bullpen Theater)
Moderator: George Nicholson (California State Court of Appeal – Sacramento, CA)

  • Lou's on First: Rediscovering Baseball as Popular Culture, Who's on First, and the Comedy and Tragedy of Abbott and Costello
    David Krell (Jersey City, NJ) 
  • The Baseball Project: Baseball History and Culture Meet Rock n' Roll
    Richard Puerzer (Hofstra University – Hempstead, NY)

Concurrent Panel 14: Nostalgia and Reality (Learning Center)
Moderator: Dan Austin (Nova Southeastern University – Ft. Lauderdale, FL)

  • Baseball Comes Back to Brooklyn: Coney Island and the Brooklyn Cyclones
    Michael Sokolow (Kingsborough Community College – Brooklyn, NY) 
  • “You Should Have Seen It”: Nostalgia As Baseball History
    Laura Troiano (Rutgers University – Newark, NJ)

10:00am to 10:50am

Concurrent Panel 15: In the Big Inning: Baseball and a Higher Authority (Bullpen Theater)
Moderator: Wayne Patterson (Howard University – Washington, DC)

  • The Vicar of Christ and the House that Ruth Built: Papal Masses at Yankee Stadium
    William Whitmore (Princeton Theological Seminary – Princeton, NJ) 
  • Pine Tar and the Infield Fly Rule: An Umpires Perspective on the Hart-Dworkin Debate
    William Blake (Indiana University – Indianapolis, IN)

Concurrent Panel 16: Culture and Mythology (Learning Center)
Moderator: Paul Hensler (Ellington, CT)

  • Baseball, Its Beauty, Shows How We Want Be
    Ernest DeFilippis (Aesthetic Realism Foundation – New York, NY) 
  • Baseball and American Culture
    Iva Deutchman (Hobart and William Smith Colleges – Geneva, NY)
    Christopher Hatch (Hobart and William Smith Colleges – Geneva, NY)

11:00am to noon

Concurrent Panel 17: The Business Side of the Game (Bullpen Theater)
Moderator: Robert S. Brown (Daniel Webster College – Nashua, NH)

  • A Prescription for Baseball's Blues: An Analysis of the Outcomes of the Blue Ribbon Panel
    Kenneth Winter (University of Wisconsin - La Crosse, WI)
    Michael Haupert (University of Wisconsin - La Crosse, WI) 
  • Baseball's Greatest General Manager?
    David Bohmer (DePauw University – Greencastle, IN)

Concurrent Panel 18: Baseball by the Numbers: Analytics Impact the Game (Learning Center)
Moderator: Emily Hunter (SUNY – Oneonta, NY)

  • Why Bother?: Why Bother Having Scouts When We Have Sabermetrics?
    Dan Austin (Nova Southeastern University – Ft. Lauderdale, FL) 
  • The Future of Baseball Statistical Analysis
    Vince Gennaro (Society for American Baseball Research – Purchase, NY)

1:00pm to 1:50pm

Concurrent Panel 19: Baseball, Politics, Tammany Hall and the Big Apple (Bullpen Theater)
Moderator: Tim Wiles (National Baseball Hall of Fame – Cooperstown, NY)

  • Andrew Freedman and the Implosion of the National League, 1890-1902
    Charles DeMotte (State University of New York – Cortland, NY) 
  • Baseball and Tammany Hall
    Tony Morante (New York Yankees – The Bronx, NY)

Concurrent Panel 20: Issues and Stories in Today’s Game (Learning Center)
Moderator: David Krell (Jersey City, NJ) 

  • House of Cards: How Steroids Have Upset the Level Playing Field and Pumped Down the Value of Baseball Cards
    Francis Farina (Saint Michaels College – Colchester, VT) 
  • Greenberg at the Bat: A Twenty-First Century Moonlight Graham
    Bill Simons (SUNY– Oneonta, NY)

2:00pm to 2:50pm

Concurrent Panel 21: Baseball and the Executive Branch (Bullpen Theater)
Moderator: Ed Edmonds (University of Notre Dame – South Bend, IN)

  • Richard Nixon and the Boys of Summer
    Luke Nichter (Texas A&M University - Central Texas – Killeen, TX) 
  • Baseball Ethics and Presidential Politics: What Candidates May Learn from America's National Pastime
    Ted Curtis (Lynn University – Boca Raton, FL)

Concurrent Panel 22: The Fans of the Game (Learning Center)
Moderator: Richard Pioreck (Hofstra University – Hempstead, NY)

  • Prospects, Promotions and Play-Off Races: Do They Bring Fans to Minor League Games?
    David Ogden (University of Nebraska – Omaha, NE)
    John Shorey (Iowa Western Community College – Council Bluffs, IA)
    Kevin Warneke (University of Nebraska – Omaha, NE) 
  • Fan-Speak: The Rhetoric of Cheers and Jeers
    Virginia Skinner-Linnenberg (Nazareth College – Rochester, NY)
    Daniel Linnenberg (University of Rochester – Rochester, NY)

3:00pm to 3:50pm

Concurrent Panel 23: From Front Parlor to Home Theater: Baseball Games at Home (Bullpen Theater)
Moderator: Ira Cooperman (Chautauqua Institution – Chautauqua, NY)

  • The Role of Table Top Games and Contemporary Literature in Developing Baseball Avidity, 1868-1961
    Rick Burton (Syracuse University – Syracuse, NY) 
  • Baseball and Video Games: An Introduction and Exploration of Uncharted Virtual Fields
    Joey Gawrysiak (Shenandoah University)

Concurrent Panel 24: Baseball Potpourri 2: Uniforms and Rules (Learning Center)
Moderator: Emily Hunter (SUNY – Oneonta, NY)

  • My First Cap: A Look at the Impact of Baseball Uniforms in Function and Fashion
    Nancy McIntyre (Robotics Education & Competition Foundation) 
  • For Love of the Uniform
    Aaron Burtch (Lipscomb University – Nashville, TN)
    Mark McGee (Lipscomb University – Nashville, TN) 
  • The Economics of the Infield Fly Rule
    Howard Wasserman (Florida International University – Miami, FL)

6:30pm to 7:30pm

Plenary Session D: Closing with a Mystery (Bullpen Theater)
Moderator: Jim Gates (National Baseball Hall of Fame – Cooperstown, NY)

  • The Mystery of Curt Flood: Baseball Persistent Enigma
    J. David Pincus (University of Arkansas – Fayetteville, AR)
    Stephen Wood (University of Rhode Island – Kingston, RI)

7:30pm to 8:30pm

Closing Reception (Giamatti Research Center)

Please join us for some light snacks and refreshments as we bring the 25th Cooperstown Symposium to a close.

For further information on the symposium, please contact

Jim Gates at jgates [at] baseballhall [dot] org or Bill Simons at simonswm [at] oneonta [dot] edu