2016 Frederick Ivor-Campbell 19th Century Base Ball Conference

Jonathan PopovichThe eighth annual Frederick Ivor-Campbell 19th Century Base Ball Conference took place April 15-16, 2016, at the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, New York.

The 2016 conference was highlighted by a keynote address from baseball historian Bill Humber, along with a panel discussion, “Baseball‘s 19th Century Movers and Shakers” with Bob Bailey, Ralph Carhart, Jerry Casway, and John Thorn; a special presentation by Henry Chadwick Award winner David Nemec ("Evolution of 'Hit by Pitch' and other Research Findings"); a Member Spotlight interview of Eric Miklich by Tom Simon; plus book signings, research presentations, and a welcome dinner.

Here is the list of research presentations:

  • Mary Ann Barragan, “’Dolly Vardens’: The First Paid Professional Baseball Team”
  • Jonathan Popovich, “19th Century Uniforms: A Case Study”
  • Mark Souder, “Baseball, Tammany Hall and the Battle of Bull Run”
  • Frank Helminski, “Baseball Meets the Law in the 19th Century."
  • Don Jensen, “’Baseball Fans Must Eat’: The Life and Times of Harry M. Stevens, Hot Dog King”
  • Bill Lamb, “A Question of Character: George Davis and The Flora Campbell Affair”
  • Alan Cohen, “Never on a Sunday: Baseball’s Battles with the Blue Laws”
  • Marty Payne, “More Than a Ballist”
  • David Kilpatrick, “An October to Remember: The Polo Grounds, 1894”
  • Mark Brunke, “John C. Keenan, Jack Levy, and the Plausible Migration of Baseball to the Pacific Northwest”

View more photos from the conference below, courtesy of Dixie Tourangeau:


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