The NINE Spring Training Conference celebrates its 21st year in 2014. Registration for the conference is limited. Wednesday evening's Cy Seymour Session is informal, with a cash bar. Thursday, Friday, and Saturday include morning, afternoon, and evening sessions, and two opportunities for afternoon field research (aka ball games). The Saturday evening banquet and keynote address conclude the conference. Former speakers include Charles Alexander, Marty Appel, Eliot Asinof, Darryl Brock, Robert W. Creamer, Larry Dierker, Rob Fitts, Arnold Hano, Roland Hemond, Leonard Koppett, Chris Lamb, Lee Lowenfish, Peter Morris, and John Thorn.
NINE's 2014 keynote speaker is George Gmelch, a professor of anthropology at the University of San Francisco, and the author of a dozen books, including several on baseball: In the Ballpark; Inside Pitch; and Baseball without Borders. His work has also appeared in the New York Times, Washington Post, Psychology Today, and Natural History. He played minor league baseball in the Detroit Tiger organization during the 1960s, and received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Minor League Baseball Association for his writings on baseball.
NINE's 2014 leadoff speaker for Wednesday evening's Cy Seymour Session is Janet Marie Smith, architect and urban planner. As senior vice president of planning and development for the Los Angeles Dodgers, Smith is currently overseeing the renovation of Dodger Stadium. Smith was the Baltimore Orioles' vice president of planning and development during the design and construction of Oriole Park at Camden Yards, oversaw the preservation of Fenway Park and the transformation of Olympic Stadium into Turner Field, home of the Atlanta Braves. In 2012, the Boston Baseball Writers honored Smith with a Special Achievement Award for her work at Fenway Park. In 2011, she was named in the Inaugural Class of the Sports Business Journal “Game Changers: Women in Sports Business.”
Call for Papers: The 21st Annual NINE Spring Training Conference invites original unpublished papers that study all aspects of baseball, with particular emphasis on history and social policy implications. Abstracts only, not to exceed 300 words, should be submitted by December 3, 2013, to:
NINE Spring Training Conference
c/o Trey Strecker
Department of English
Ball State University
Muncie, IN 47306-0460
Email to: firstname.lastname@example.org (Email abstracts are preferred)
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NINE: A Journal of Baseball History & Culture (ISSN 1188--9330) is published semi-annually each spring and fall. The journal seeks to promote the study of all historical aspects of baseball and centers on the cultural implications of the game wherever in the world baseball is played. The journal reflects an eclectic interest and does not foster a particular ideological bias.
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