Call for papers: 2014 NINE Spring Training Conference

NINE: A Journal of Baseball History and Culture announces the 21st annual NINE Spring Training Conference on the Historical and Sociological Impact of Baseball

Wednesday, March 12-Saturday, March 15, 2014
Fiesta Resort Conference Center
2100 South Priest Drive
Tempe, Arizona

Call for Papers

The 21st Annual NINE Spring Training Conference invites original, unpublished papers that study all aspects of baseball, with particular emphasis on history and social policy implications.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 3, 2013, to

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.

Keynote Speaker: George Gmelch

George Gmelch is professor of anthropology at the University of San Francisco and Roger Stone Professor of Anthropology at Union College. The author of a dozen books, including several on baseball — In the Ballpark, Inside Pitch: Life in Professional Baseball, and Baseball without Borders — he is the recipient of the Minor League Baseball Association’s Lifetime Achievement Award for his writings on baseball. He has also written for a general audience in places such as the New York Times, Washington Post, Psychology Today, and Natural History.


Conference registration forms are available online on the NINE Website at

The $200 conference registration fee includes the Saturday evening Seymour Medal Banquet and tickets for two spring training games, if paid prior to January 13, 2014.  After January 13, the conference fee will be $225, and game tickets are not guaranteed.

Send your registration form with your conference fee to:

Dan and Jean Ardell
P. O. Box 482
Corona del Mar, CA 92625

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

Registrants should make their hotel reservations directly with the Fiesta Resort Conference Center on the Web at or by phone at 1-800-528-6481. Rates are $129.00/night single or double; $139/night three per room; $149/night four per room. To ensure the conference rate, rooms must be booked before February 12, 2014. Be sure to mention NINE: A Journal of Baseball History and Culture.

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

— Trey Strecker

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Originally published: September 5, 2013. Last Updated: September 5, 2013.