The 11th annual Frederick Ivor-Campbell 19th Century Base Ball Conference was held April 26-27, 2019, at the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, New York.
The 2019 conference was highlighted by a keynote address from baseball historian Joanne Hulbert, along with a panel discussion on “The Birth of Baseball Cards” with John Thorn, Peter Devereaux, Tom Shieber, and Jeff Katz; a special presentation by Richard Hershberger on "The Evolution of Baseball Rules"; a Member Spotlight interview of Priscilla Astifan by Bob Bailey; plus book signings, research presentations, and a welcome dinner.
Here is the list of research presentations:
- Dennis Thiessen, “Coventionalist v. Revisionist Positions on Record Keeping: The Case of James ‘Tip’ O’Neill and the 1887 Season”
- Jarred "J.W." Stewart, “The Mascots and Batboys of Early Baseball”
- Tom Gilbert, “Sons of Liberty: The Meaning of Early Baseball Club Names"
- Chris Jones, “The Philadelphia Athletics Go To Court (1890s)"
- Don Jensen, “The Ghosts of the Grand Central Hotel: Murders, Suicides, Scandals & NL”
- Chip Martin, “Kidnapping Their Way to Baseball Glory: The Detroit Wolverines”
- Jon Popovich, “The Final Inning of the Benteen Nine”
- David Block, “Eating My Words: or How I Came to Accept ... Some Secondary Sources”
- Robert Bauer, “Why Hot Springs, Arkansas, Hosts the First Spring Training in 1886”
- Bob Tholkes, “Memorable Amateur Arbiters”
- James Forr, “The Most Unlikely Major-League Team: The 1884 Altoona Unions”
- Jerry Casway and Bill Lamb, “Determining the Roles Played by Ethnicity”
- Katie Neipris, “Nineteenth Century Tomboys and the Influence of British Girls on Baseball”
- Gary Gaskell, “Making a 19th Century Baseball”
- Bob Tiemann, “The Stango Collection and the SABR National Association Box Score Project”
Click here to view a photo gallery from the 2019 conference at Flickr.com, courtesy of Dixie Tourangeau: