Symposium

32nd Cooperstown Symposium on Baseball and American Culture

May 27 to May 29, 2020
Cooperstown, New York


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

Proposals for papers are invited from all disciplines and on all topics. Papers on baseball as baseball are not encouraged. Submission is by abstract and should be narrative, limited to one type-written page. Presentations should be designed to fit into a 20-minute panel segment. The deadline for submission is December 30, 2019.

To submit a proposal, please contact Jim Gates by email for a proposal form. Proposals can then be sent via mail or email to this address:

Jim Gates, Librarian
National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum
25 Main Street
Cooperstown, NY 13326
Email


For further information, please contact Symposium Co-Directors:
Jim Gates or Bill Simons

The Cooperstown Symposium on Baseball and American Culture is a unique forum, sponsored by the National Baseball Hall of Fame and the State University of New York – Oneonta, which provides academics and researchers with a platform to present and discuss a variety of topics concerning the game of baseball and how it relates to our culture and society. All opinions delivered during the program belong to the presenter, and do not represent the policies or practices of either host institution.

2019 Registration

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Online registration is complete. On-site registration will be available starting Wednesday morning, May 29, at 9:30am. Registration will remain available throughout the event.

Please contact Jim Gates at [email protected] if you have any immediate questions.

2019 Program

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Wednesday, May 29, 2019

Keynote Address: Grandstand Theater (1:00pm to 2:00pm)

Opening Remarks
Bill Simons, Cooperstown Symposium Co-Director (State University of New York – Oneonta)

Take Me Out to the Ball Game: Pop Music and the National Pastime
Bob Santelli (The Grammy Museum)


Concurrent Session 1: Bullpen Theater (2:15pm to 3:30pm)

Moderator: Willie Steele (Lipscomb University)

Baseball and the Wind Band - An American Story
Brian Coffill (Randolph-Macon College)

Shubert to Ziegfeld to White: Baseball in Broadway Musical Revues, 1908-1922
Jeffrey Katz (New York Public Library)

"Joltin' Joe DiMaggio" and "I Love Mickey" Mantle: Evolving Nicknames and Signature Songs
Duke Goldman (Society for American Baseball Research)


Concurrent Session 2: Learning Center (2:15pm to 3:30pm)

Moderator: Ed Edmonds (University of Notre Dame Law School)

Originalism, the Rule of Recognition, and Interpretive Discretion Over the Baseball Rulebook and the Constitution
William Blake (University of Maryland – Baltimore County)

The Role of Baseball in the Confirmation of Brett Kavanaugh
Alex Sanders (College of Charleston)

"Nobody's Perfect": Armando Galarraga's (Im)Perfect Game and Instant Replay
Todd McDorman (Wabash College)


Concurrent Session 3: Bullpen Theater (3:45pm to 5:00pm)

Moderator: Jim Gates (National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum)

Special Session for College Professors: Creating a Foundation Textbook for Undergraduates
Valerie Tomaselli (MTM Publishing)

Open forum discussion on the publication of a foundation textbook for use in undergraduate classes on baseball and American culture.


Concurrent Session 4: Learning Center (3:45 to 5:00pm)

Moderator: Cassidy Lent (National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum)

Special Session for New Attendees: Getting the Most Out of Your Visit

Open forum session to discuss the purpose of the program and how new attendees can get the most out of their participation. If you are new to the Cooperstown Symposium, please join us for this informal gathering.


Evening Panel Session: Bullpen Theater (7:00pm to 8:30pm)

Women’s International Baseball: What About the United States?
Kat Williams (International Women’s Baseball Center)
Perry Barber (Umpire)
Donna Cohen (Baseball World Cup Trophy Tour
Andre LaChance (Team Canada)


Thursday, May 30, 2019

Concurrent Session 5: Bullpen Theater (9:10am to 10:30am)

Moderator: Mark Altschuler (Bergen Community College)

Where Have You Gone Luke Gofannon?: Philip Roth's The Great American Novel and the Myth of American Exceptionalism
Christopher Bell (University of North Georgia)

"A Great Slow Contraption": Baseball in the Writings of Michael Chabon
Richard Puerzer (Hofstra University)

Jack Kerouac and Fantasy Baseball
Thomas Wolf (Freelance Writer)


Concurrent Session 6: Learning Center (9:10am to 10:30am)

Moderator: David Krell (Elysian Fields Chapter, Society for American Baseball Research)

Ballplayers as Role Models in the Great War
Jim Leeke (Anglo-American Baseball Project)

Remaking Baseball's Hero Ethos During the Interwar Years
Lindsay John Bell (Iowa State University)

A Farewell to WWII Baseball's Greatest Generation of Sports Heroes
Anne Keene (Historian and World War II Baseball Author)


Concurrent Session 7: Bullpen Theater (10:45am to Noon)

Moderator: Chris DeRosa (Monmouth University)

Mark Twain: Baseball's First Celebrity Endorser
Rick Burton (Syracuse University)

Who's On First: Shakespeare, Franklin, Costello
Wayne Patterson (Fielding Graduate University)

“Tumultuous Years & Comic Pioneers: Fawcett Comics and Baseball's Great Experiment
Kenneth Sammond (Fairleigh Dickinson University)


Concurrent Session 8: Learning Center (10:45am to Noon)

Moderator: Virginia Skinner-Linnenberg (Nazareth College)

Sugar and Spice and Some Baseball is Nice: Women in Baseball and Juvenile Baseball Fiction
Willie Steele (Lipscomb University)

The Bloomer Girls: Women's Early Baseball, Suffrage, and the Uniforms That Set the State for A League of Their Own
Caroline Good (DePauw University)

The Secret History of Women and Girls on Baseball Cards
Tim Wiles (Guilderland Public Library)


Concurrent Session 9: Bullpen Theater (1:00pm to 2:15pm)

Moderator: George Gmelch (Union College)

Lou Gehrig and Parasocial Interaction Theory Into the 1942 Movie, Pride of the Yankees
Herman Howard (Angelo State University)

Of Calzones and Costanza: A Cultural Critique of Seinfeld, the 1990s New York Yankees, and George Costanza as a Metaphor for the Seven Deadly Sins
David Krell (Elysian Fields Chapter, Society for American Baseball Research)

Trouble with the Moneyball: Hollywood and Sabermetrics
Marshall Most (Boise State University)


Concurrent Session 10: Learning Center (1:00pm to 2:15pm)

Moderator: Gerardo Canul (Chicago School of Professional Psychology)

How I Got Into Roy Halladay's Pants or the Surprising and Often Mercurial Benefits of Playing Adult League Baseball in America
J.S. Moore (Radford University)

Diamond Games: Community Softball as Construction of Local Identity
Tim Good (DePauw University)

Summer Rules
Larry Foley (University of Arkansas)


Concurrent Session 11: Bullpen Theater (2:30pm to 3:30pm)

Moderator: Rich Puerzer (Hofstra University)

An Age As Golden As Any Other: The 1930s and ‘40s Newark Eagles and Bears
Curt Smith (University of Rochester)

The Monarchs Come to Bat
Larry Hogan (Independent Historian)
James Robinson (Kansas City Monarchs)
Kevin Kane (Poet, Playwright, Actor)


Concurrent Session 12: Learning Center (2:30pm to 3:30pm)

Moderator: Patricia Bryan (University of North Carolina - College of Law)

O Romeo, Romeo: The Poetry of Romeo Dougherty, Sportswriter for the New York Amsterdam News in the 1930s
Brian Carroll (Berry College)

Hugh S. Fullerton, The Black Sox Scandal, and the Ethical Impulse in Sports Writing
Steve Klein (George Mason University)


Concurrent Session 13: Bullpen Theater (3:45pm to 4:45pm)

Moderator: Cassidy Murray (Lasell College)

"Sisies" and "Sportsmen": A Historical Anthropology of the Baseball Glove
David Jenemann (University of Vermont)

The New York Giants Preservation Society: Keeping a Franchise's History Alive and Relevant
Gary Mintz (New York Giants Preservation Society)


Concurrent Session 14: Learning Center (3:45pm to 4:45pm)

Moderator: Mike McAvoy (State University of New York – Oneonta)

Radio Broadcasting in Spanish in Major League Baseball
Frank Otto (Independent Writer)
William Kulik (Spanish Sports Productions)

Media Representation of "Blue Collar" Baseball Players
Kate Yanchulis (University of Maryland)


Town Ball Game: Cooper Park (5:30pm to 7:00pm)

Hosts: Tom Heitz and Peter Young (Leatherstocking Base Ball Club)

Today’s game of baseball can trace its origins back to a number of stick and ball games played in the American colonies. Weather permitting, local historian Tom Heitz and Peter Young will serve as hosts, instructors, and umpires in this re-creation 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.


Dinner: Hall of Fame Plaque Gallery (7:00pm to 9:00pm)

Host: Jim Gates (National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum)

The annual dinner will be held immediately following the Town Ball Game. We will walk 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.

Dinner ticket required for this event.


Friday, May 31, 2019

Concurrent Session 15: Bullpen Theater (9:10am to 10:30am)

Moderator: Charles DeMotte (State University of New York – Cortland)

Turning Players Into Numbers: Scouting as Scientific Practice
Christopher Phillips (Carnegie Mellon University)

Tradition vs. Progress: Are Current Analytic-driven Innovations Harming the Game of Baseball?
Michael Cozzillio (Widener University Commonwealth Law School)
Ed Edmonds (University of Notre Dame Law School)

Winning Series: Streaking Versus Consistency
Thomas Brady (Purdue University Northwest)
James Dworkin (Purdue University)


Concurrent Session 16: Learning Center (9:10am to 10:30am)

Moderator: Daniel Linnenberg (University of Rochester)

Bringing Canadian Baseball Out of Hockey's Shadow
Robert Elias (University of San Francisco/McGill University)

From the Diamond to the Court: Dolly Stark's Basketball Coaching Career at Dartmouth
Larry Gerlach (University of Utah)

Competitive Balance in Major League Baseball and the National Basketball Association: A Comparison of the Two Leagues
Herbert Lewis (Stony Brook University)
Amal Lukose (Stony Brook University)


Concurrent Session 17: Bullpen Theater (10:45am to Noon)

Moderator: Ron Flores (Connecticut College)

Josephine Morhard: The First Lady of Boys’ Baseball
Ruth Hanford Morhard (Independent Historian)

The Inner Life of a Great Ballplayer: Willie Mays, Reggie Jackson, and Baseball Biography
J.T. Scanlan (Providence College)

Tris and Lefty: An Unlikely Pair
Mark Altschuler (Bergen Community College)
Mark Weisman (Chautauqua Institution)


Concurrent Session 18: Learning Center (10:45am to Noon)

Moderator: David Bohmer (DePauw University)

Before Lou Gehrig and Cal Ripken, Jr., There Was George Pinkney
George Skornickel (Independent Historian)

Walt Dropo Day: Celebrating the "Moose from Moosup" in Mid-Twentieth Century New England
Rebecca Edwards (Rochester Institute of Technology)

George "Slats" McConnell: The "Forest Gump" and "Roy Hobbs" of Baseball
Mark McGee (Lipscomb University)


Concurrent Session 19: Bullpen Theater (1:00pm to 2:15pm)

Moderator: Nancy Canon (State University of New York – Oneonta)

The Baseball Season That Almost Wasn't
David Bohmer (DePauw University)

The Lost Baseball Tourists of 1897 and 1935
Keith Spalding Robbins (Independent Historian)

Field Science: Baseball, Modernity, and Science Discourse in British Popular Culture, 1871-1877
Dan Beaver (Pennsylvania State University)


Concurrent Session 20: Learning Center (1:00pm to 2:15pm)

Moderator: Cassidy Lent (National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum)

Defining Baseball's Unwritten Rulebook: The Legacy that Branch Rickey and Jackie Robinson Left for 21st Century Players of Color
Sigal Felber (Kenyon College)

Broadcasting America's Pastime: Challenges and Opportunities
Peyton Smith (Syracuse University)

Industrial League Baseball: The Ultimate American Underdog Story
Benjamin Houle (Syracuse University)


Concurrent Session 21: Bullpen Theater (2:25pm to 3:25pm)

Moderator: Paul Hensler (Freelance Writer)

Baseball Men and Race Men: "Daddy" Black, "Big Dan" Whitehead, and the Money Game
Robert Cvornyek (Rhode Island College)
Fran Leazes (Elmcrest Films)
Scott Rancourt (Elmcrest Films)


Concurrent Session 22: Learning Center (2:25pm to 3:25pm)

Moderator: Jim Gates (National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum)

Author Wiggin & A New League: US Tours of Japan and Baseball Diplomacy
Adam Berenbak (National Archives and Records Administration)

How Baseball Has Influenced Other Areas of Research
Stephen Johnson (University of South Dakota)


Concurrent Session 23: Bullpen Theater (3:35 pm to 4:35 pm)

Moderator: Bill Simons (State University of New York – Oneonta)

The Retro Ballpark and the Promise of Community
Timothy Jurkovac (Bowling Green State University – Firelands)

Changing Stadiums for Changing Cities
Winston C. Simone (Connecticut College)


Concurrent Session 24: Learning Center (3:35 pm to 4:35pm)

Moderator: Cory Cohen (State University of New York - Stony Brook)

Baseball and American Strategic Culture
Ben Lowsen (U.S. Air Force CHECKMATE Strategic Studies Group)

Paid Patriotism: Military Sponsorship of Baseball, Sponsorship or Propaganda?
Robert S. Brown (Independent Historian)


Closing Session: Bullpen Theater (4:40pm to 5:00pm)

Moderator: Bill Simons (State University of New York – Oneonta)

Closing comments and viewing of short film Gandhi at the Bat.

Cooperstown Symposium Registration/Information Table

The Registration/Information table for the Cooperstown Symposium is located in the Library Atrium and will be open during these hours:

Wednesday: 10:00am to 5:00pm
Thursday: 8:15am to 5:00pm
Friday: 8:15am to 5:00pm


Giamatti Research Center

The Giamatti Research Center will be closed to library patrons for the duration of the Cooperstown Symposium. This facility will serve as a break room and social center for Symposium participants.

A light breakfast will be served on Thursday and Friday, beginning at 8:15am. Please use the library entrance on Fair Street before 9:00am as the museum will not be open until that time.

Light snacks and beverages will also be available throughout the day.

The Giamatti Center will be open during these hours:
Wednesday: 2:00pm to 5:00pm
Thursday: 8:15am to 5:00pm
Friday: 8:15am to 5:00pm

Public Notice

The Cooperstown Symposium on Baseball and American Culture is a unique forum, sponsored by the National Baseball Hall of Fame and the State University of New York – Oneonta, which provides academics and researchers with a platform to present and discuss a variety of topics concerning the game of baseball and how it relates to our culture and society. All opinions delivered during the program belong to the presenter, and do not represent the policies or practices of either host institution.

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