Frederick Ivor-Campbell 19th Century Base Ball Conference


The seventh annual Frederick Ivor-Campbell 19th Century Base Ball Conference will be held April 17-18, 2015, at the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum in Cooperstown, New York.

  • Program and schedule: Click here to download the 2015 program and schedule (PDF)
  • Registration: Registration is now closed due to space constraints. Anyone wishing to be placed on a waiting list in the event of cancellations should contact Peter Mancuso at The conference is open to all SABR members and up to two non-SABR family members or friends (ages 18 or over.)

Joanne Hulbert: delivers her presentation, "In Search of Casey," at the 2014 Ivor-Campbell Conference.Joanne Hulbert: delivers her presentation, "In Search of Casey," at the 2014 Ivor-Campbell Conference.The 2015 conference will be highlighted by a keynote address from baseball historian Jerrold Casway, along with a panel discussion, “Sporting News: Baseball in the 19th Century Press” with Jim Overmyer, Bob Tholkes, George Thompson, and John Thorn; a special presentation by James Brunson III ("Black Baseball: 1858-1900"); a Member Spotlight interview of Bob Bailey by Tom Simon; plus book signings, more research presentations, a welcome dinner, and more.

“What really happens here is we get to hear some presentations of people who really, really are great researchers and great baseball history personalities. That combination, I think, really resonates,” conference organizer Peter Mancuso told Bill Francis of about the 2014 Ivor-Campbell Conference. “In terms of the Nineteenth Century Research Committee at SABR, baseball history is not just baseball history. It really is part of history.”

Addded SABR member John Thorn, the Official Historian of Major League Baseball, "It’s very nice to have like-minded, congenial, interesting people who bring their own set of data and perspectives that I won’t find anywhere else. I always feel like I’m much smarter after this weekend than I was before.”

Registration is $70 per person for the conference only, plus an additional $40 per person for the Friday welcome dinner and/or $35 per person for the Saturday keynote luncheon. For complete details, download the 2015 conference registration form.

For more information, contact Peter Mancuso at


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