NINE Baseball History & Culture Conference (2/28/18-3/3/18; proposals due 12/1/17)

Trey Strecker's picture
Call for Papers
December 1, 2017
Louisiana, United States
Subject Fields: 
American History / Studies, Cultural History / Studies, Sport History / Studies, Film and Film History

NINE: A Journal of Baseball History and Culture announces the 25th Annual NINE Spring Training Conference on the Historical and Sociological Impact of Baseball


Wednesday, February 28 - Saturday, March 3, 2018


DoubleTree by Hilton--Phoenix Tempe

2100 South Priest Drive

Tempe, Arizona



Call for Papers: The 25th Annual NINE Spring Training Conference invites original unpublished papers that study all aspects of baseball, with particular emphasis on history and social policy implications.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 1, 2017, to the conference program committee of Rob Fitts (, Willie Steele ( and Trey Strecker ( (We ask that you please copy your submission to all of us).


Following the submission deadline, authors will be notified as quickly as possible whether their papers have been accepted.  Submission of an abstract indicates the presenter's intent to register for and attend the conference.  All authors are required to register for the conference and present their work in person.


Call for Films: For the 25th Annual NINE Spring Training Conference, we invite original films on all aspects of baseball and baseball history.  Complete films should be submitted by December 1, 2017, to the film program committee of Lisa Alexander (, Rob Edelman (, and Roberta Newman (  Inquiries are welcome, but only complete films will be considered.


Conference Registration: Conference registration forms are available online at


The conference registration is $250.00 ($295.00 after January 31, 2018).  Graduate student registration is $225.00 ($270.00 after January 31, 2018).  The conference fee covers all events including the Saturday evening banquet, excepting game tickets, which are optional.   Game information including dates, times, and prices will announced after it becomes available, usually in late fall.


Please complete the registration form prior to January 31, 2018, and send it with your check payable to NINE Spring Training Conference to:


Jean Ardell

P.O. Box 482

Corona del Mar, CA 92625


For further information about conference registration, please contact Jean Ardell at .



Hotel Reservations: Registrants are responsible for making their hotel reservations directly with the DoubleTree (1-800-528-6481). Information on the NINE conference preferred rate is forthcoming.


Consider booking your airline tickets early.  Hotel rates and conference registration are comparable with previous years, but we cannot control the airlines.


Keynote Speaker: Jane Leavy is the author of the New York Times bestsellers The Last Boy: Mickey Mantle and the End of America’s Childhood, Sandy Koufax: A Lefty’s Legacy and the comic novel Squeeze Play, which Entertainment Weekly called “the best novel ever written about baseball.” She was a staff writer at The Washington Post from 1979 to 1988, first in the sports section, then writing for the style section.


Leavy’s work has appeared in such publications as The New York Times, Newsweek, Sports Illustrated, The Village Voice, and The New York Daily News. Her work has been anthologized in many collections, including Best Sportswriting, Coach: 25 Writers Reflect on People Who Made a Difference, Child of Mine: Essays on Becoming a Mother, Nike Is a Goddess: The History of Women in Sports, Diamonds Are a Girl’s Best Friend: Women Writers on Baseball, A Kind of Grace: A Treasury of Sportswriting by Women, and Making Words Dance: Reflections on Red Smith, Journalism and Writing.

She grew up on Long Island where she pitched briefly and poorly for the Blue Jays of the Roslyn Long Island Little League. Leavy attended Barnard College and the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism. She has two adult children, Nick and Emma Isakoff. She lives in Washington, D.C., and Truro, Massachusetts. Her biography of Babe Ruth is forthcoming in Fall 2018.



Trey Strecker
Editor, NINE: A Journal of Baseball History and Culture
Department of English
Louisiana State University 
223B Allen Hall, Baton Rouge, LA  70803 
office 225-578-7805 |