Symposium

30th Cooperstown Symposium on Baseball and American Culture

May 30 to June 1, 2018
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 one-page vitae (be sure to include complete contact information). Abstracts should be narrative, limited to three type-written pages. Presentations should be designed to fit into a 20-minute panel segment. The deadline for submission is December 20, 2016. Proposals can 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.

2018 Registration

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• General Fee ($190)
• Friends of the HOF Member ($170)
• Undergraduate/Graduate ($130 with student ID)

Registration fee includes light refreshments each day, a catered dinner in the Hall of Fame Plaque Gallery on Thursday, and a three-day pass to the Hall of Fame. Per diem rates are available for those unable to attend the entire symposium ($50 for Wednesday or Friday, and $100 for Thursday which includes dinner). A limited number of extra dinner tickets are available at $40 per.

2018 Program

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Wednesday, May 30, 2018

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

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

Cooperstown Welcome
Jeff Idelson, President (National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum)

Baseball Americana – Baseball in the Community
Dr. Carla Hayden, Librarian of Congress (Library of Congress)

Symposium Update
Jim Gates, Library Director (National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum)


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

Moderator: Richard Puerzer (Hofstra University)

The Integration of the Pacific Coast League: Race and Baseball in the West
Amy Essington (California State University – Fullerton)

“It Gave Everyone Hope”: Stories from the African-American Experience in Major League Baseball
Daniel Durbin (University of Southern California)

Sam Nahem: The Right-Handed Lefty Who Integrated Military Baseball in World War II
Peter Dreier (Occidental College)


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

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

The Call to the Hall: An Invitation to Immortality
David Ogden (University of Nebraska – Omaha)
Kevin Warneke (University of Nebraska – Omaha)

I Got a New Attitude: Ballplayers Coming of Age in the Late 1960s
Paul Hensler (Connecticut State Capitol)

Walter O’Malley & Bud Selig: A Study in Contrasts
Ira Cooperman (Chautauqua Institution)
Robert Paskal (Boothbay Harbor, ME)


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

Moderator: Mark Altschuler (Bergen Community College)

Whitman and Fitzgerald on the Virtues of Baseball
Mark Kingwell (University of Toronto)

August Wilson, “Fences,” and Alternate History
Christopher Bell (University of North Georgia)

Seeing the Liberal Arts in Action Through the Work Experiences of Baseball Storytellers
Ronald Flores (Connecticut College)
Luke Norena (Connecticut College)
Camden Cone (Connecticut College)
Hannah Staples (Connecticut College)


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

Moderator: Richard Sternberg (Village of Cooperstown Trustee)

The Doctor Will See You Now: What a Crowded Disabled List Means for Today’s Game
Lisa Neilson (Marist College)

Tommy John Surgery in Baseball: How We Can Save the Arms of the Future
Cory Cohen (Stony Brook University)

Darren Daulton: Brain Cancer and Baseball
Alex Sanders (College of Charleston)


Special Evening Session: Grandstand Theater (7:00pm to 8:30pm)

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

Rickey (a one man play in two acts)
Geoffrey Nelson (Louisville, KY)


Thursday, May 31, 2018

Concurrent Session 5: Bullpen Theater (9:15am to 10:30am)

Moderator: Richard Pioreck (Hofstra University)

American Culture and the Baseball Film
George Skornickel (Tarentum, PA)

Sliding Safely Into Home: Father and Son Relationships in Baseball Films from 1984-1994
Taylor Braun (Chapman University)

Dying is Easy, Situation Comedy is Hard: A Cultural Critique of The Bad News Bears, A League
of Their Own, Ball Four, and Hardball

David Krell (Jersey City, NJ)


Concurrent Session 6: Learning Center (9:15am to 10:30am)

Moderator: Ira Cooperman (Chautauqua Institution)

Jackie Robinson Says: Jackie Robinson’s Surprising Career in Journalism
Brian Carroll (Berry College)

The Enduring and Sometimes Controversial Legacy of Roberto Clemente
Richard Puerzer (Hofstra University)

Dear Mr. Aaron
Melissa Booker (Society for American Baseball Research)


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

Moderator: Willie Steele (Lipscomb University)

Gilbert Patten and the Development of Juvenile Baseball Fiction: Lefty Locke and the Legacy of Frank Merriwell
Ed Edmonds (University of Notre Dame Law School)

“When We Were Young…It Was Easy to Imagine”: Heroism, Race, and Manhood in Mid-20th Century Baseball Comics
Kenneth Sammond (Fairleigh Dickinson University)

“Baseball Writing Before ESPN: From Ogden Nash to John Updike and Beyond
Gregory Giblin (American Readers Theatre)


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

Moderator: Dave Bohmer (DePauw University)

“There’s Only One Manager…”
Richard Pioreck (Hofstra University)

The Earl of Moneyball: How Earl Weaver Developed the Art of Winning an Unfair Game
Richard Hardesty (Anne Arundel Community College)

The Art of Effectively Running a Major League Baseball Team: Testing the Multi-Dimensional Model of Leadership
Dan Sargeant (Lasell College)
Lane P. Sulzer (Lasell College)


Book Signing Session 1: Library Atrium (12:15pm to 12:45pm)

Amy Essington: The Integration of the Pacific Coast League
Kevin Warneke and David Ogden: The Call to the Hall
Ed Edmonds and Frank Houdek: Baseball Meets the Law
Paul Hensler: The New Boys of Summer


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

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

Twitter Fights, Unplugged Millennials, Wealth Disparities and 21st Century Challenges for Major League Baseball
Lincoln Mitchell (Columbia University)

The Components of Chemistry – How Team Cohesion and Social Influence of Three Major League Baseball Teams Reveal the Fundamental Secrets of Group Success in American Culture
Rick Ginsberg (Ginsberg and Associates Counseling and Beacon View Consulting)

Fast Money or Holding Out For More? Measuring the Opportunity Cost of Signing a Contract Extension and Buying Out Free Agent Years
Noah Goodman (Temple University School of Law)
Leo Cassel Siskind (Science Leadership Academy)


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

Moderator: Wayne Patterson (Howard University)

A Seemingly Unlikely Game
Charles DeMotte (State University of New York – Cortland)

At a Crossroads: An Interdisciplinary Examination of the Past, Present and Future of the Pawtucket Red Sox
J.R. Thomas (Southern New Hampshire University)
Dan Sargeant (Lasell College)

Move or Megalomaniac? The Thirty Year Saga of the Cleveland Indians
Dave Bohmer (DePauw University)


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

Moderator: Daniel Linnenberg (University of Rochester)

Ken Burns: Infusion of Entertainment – Education Theory in the 2016 PBS Documentary on Jackie Robinson
Herman Howard (Angelo State University)

Branch Rickey, Affirmative Action, and Merit in Baseball and Education
Evan Caminker (University of Michigan Law School)


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

Moderator: Jean Ardell (NINE Conference)

The Matriarchs of the House of Spalding: The Role of Women in Creating a Sporting Goods Dynasty
Keith Spalding Robbins (Cape Cod League)

The First Women of America’s First Game
Curt Smith (University of Rochester)


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

Moderator: David Krell (Jersey City, NJ)

Out of Left Field: Minor League Ballpark Humor
Joseph Price (Whittier College)

Stealing First, You Never Know, Eephus, Just a Bit Outside, and No Crying in Baseball: The Richness and Diversity of Baseball Humor
Wayne Patterson (Howard University)


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

Moderator: Virginia Skinner-Linnenberg (Nazareth College)

Sacred Spaces: Ballparks and Cathedrals
Tom Leuze (Oakland City University)

Parkhurst Field: America’s Original “Field of Dreams”
Dave Karpinski (Parkhurst Field Foundation)
Andrew Lang (Parkhurst Field Foundation)


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, June 1, 2018

Concurrent Session 15: Bullpen Theater (9:05am to 10:15am)

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

May Baseball Fans Take a Knee?: The First Amendment and Freedom of Expression at the Ballpark
Ted Curtis (Lynn University)

Mudcat Grant and the Protest of the National Anthem
Robert S. Brown (Mount Ida College)

O’er the Ramparts We Still Watch: The National Anthem, the Stars and Stripes, and Baseball
Johnny Moore (Radford University)


Concurrent Session 16: Learning Center (9:05am to 10:15am)

Moderator: Ron Flores (Connecticut College)

Swing and a Miss: How Most MLB Teams Fail at Creating an Engaging Fan Experience and How to Fix It
Jon Leonoudakis (Evzone Media+Experiential)

Baseball’s Opportunity to Reinvent Itself as America’s Favorite Pastime
Elizabeth Diaz (Syracuse University)

How Will America’s Pastime Meet the Challenge of Appealing to Kids in the 21st Century?
David Alexander (Monomoy Regional High School)


Concurrent Session 17: Bullpen Theater (10:20am to 11:20am)

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

Lawyers in the Baseball Hall of Fame
Howard Brill (University of Arkansas School of Law)
Christian Brill (Mallory Law Office)

Whattaya Blind, Ump?: Insights from Umpire Memoirs
Willie Steele (Lipscomb University)


Concurrent Session 18: Learning Center (10:20am to 11:20am)

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

The Giamatti Bench: A Conversation Piece
Mark Aronson (Yale University)

The American Industrial Revolution and the Professionalization of Baseball and Art: “Something new starts every day”
Virginia Skinner-Linnenberg (Nazareth College)
Daniel Linnenberg (University of Rochester)


Concurrent Session 19: Bullpen Theater (11:30am to 12:30pm)

Moderator: Dave Alexander (Monomoy Regional High School

The Art of Baseball: A Poetry Reading
Joseph Stanton (University of Hawaii – Manoa)

Negro League Diary: One Man’s Story
Thomas Porky McDonald (NTTD Astoria)


Concurrent Session 20: Learning Center (11:30am to 12:30pm)

Moderator: Matt Rothenberg (National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum)

Baseball’s Most “Royal Rooter”: Katie Casey and “Take Me Out To The Ball Game”
George Boziwick (New York Public Library, retired)

From Field to Phone: Baseball as Seen Through Music Videos
Blaine DeSantis (Furman University)


Book Signing Session 2: Library Atrium (12:30pm to 1:00pm)

Curt Smith: The Presidents and the Pastime
Ted Curtis: The Lincoln Diamonds
Joe Price: Perfect Pitch


Concurrent Session 21: Bullpen Theater (1:15pm to 2:30pm)

Moderator: Paul Hensler (Connecticut State Capitol)

Albert Spalding as an Agent of Foreign Policy
Anthony Calandrillo (Drew University)

What Team Do I Belong To?
Gerardo Canul (Chicago School of Professional Psychology)

Baseball Diplomacy in U.S.-Japanese Relations: Or, Why is Babe Ruth’s Statue in the Sendai Zoo?
Steve Wisensale (University of Connecticut)


Concurrent Session 22: Bullpen Theater (2:40pm to 3:40pm)

Moderator: Gabrielle Augustine (National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum)

Analyzing the Relationship Between Young People and Major League Baseball
Kyle Schroeder (Lasell College)
Sam Wishnow (Lasell College)

A New American Crossroad: Pace of Play and the Fate of Major League Baseball
Thomas Colvell (Lasell College)


Closing Session: Bullpen Theater (3:45pm to 4:15pm)

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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