Frederick Ivor-Campbell 19th Century Base Ball Conference

Jonathan PopovichThe ninth annual Frederick Ivor-Campbell 19th Century Base Ball Conference will be held April 21-22, 2017, at the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, New York. All baseball fans are welcome to attend, but space is limited so RSVP today!

Please note: Registration for this conference is now sold out! If you wish to be added to a waiting list in case space becomes available, please contact Peter Mancuso at

The 2017 conference will be highlighted by a keynote address from baseball historian Bill Lamb, along with a panel discussion on SABR's Overlooked 19th Century Base Ball Legends Project with Adam Darowski, Michael Haupert, Joe Williams, and moderator John Thorn; a special presentation of the documentary film "Town Teams: Bigger Than Baseball" by Dorothy Seymour Mills and Mark Honer; a Member Spotlight interview of Joanne Hulbert by Tom Simon; plus book signings, research presentations, and a welcome dinner.

Here is the list of research presentations:

  • Bob Bailey, “Jack Chapman: A 19th Century Baseball Life"
  • Jonathan Popovich, “The Game Makers: Purveyors of Baseball Goods in the Northeast from the 1850s–1870s”
  • Michael Haupert, “William Hulbert and The Birth of the Business of Professional Baseball”
  • Joanne Hulbert, “Tell Me How You Really Feel”
  • Chip Martin, “Pud Galvin: Baseball’s Forgotten Man”
  • Bob Tholkes, “Exploring the Origins of The Baseball Umpire”
  • Herm Krabbenhoft, Keith Carlson, Dave Newman, and Dixie Tourangeau, “Resolution of 1894 RBI Leader”
  • Tom Shieber, “Home Games: Researching Nineteenth Century Baseball Board Games”
  • George Skornickel, “Amos Rusie: The Pitcher Who Changed the Game”
  • Richard Hershberger, “The Fizzled Game-Throwing Scandal of 1879”

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