Call for papers: 2015 NINE Spring Training Conference

NINE: A Journal of Baseball History and Culture announces the 22nd annual NINE Spring Training Conference on the Historical and Sociological Impact of Baseball

Wednesday, March 11-Saturday, March 14, 2015
DoubleTree by Hilton-Phoenix Tempe
2100 South Priest Drive
Tempe, Arizona

Call for Papers

The 22nd Annual NINE Spring Training Conference invites original, unpublished papers that study all aspects of baseball, with particular emphasis on history and social policy implications.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, 2014, 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: Terry Cannon

In 1996, SABR member Terry Cannon founded the Baseball Reliquary in an effort to merge two of his lifelong interests: baseball and art. The Reliquary is a Pasadena, California-based nonprofit organization dedicated to fostering an appreciation of American art and culture through the prism of baseball history and to exploring the national pastime’s unparalleled creative possibilities. Cannon has served the Reliquary in the capacity of Executive Director for nearly 20 years, during which time the organization has sponsored hundreds of programs and exhibitions, in addition to its annual Shrine of the Eternals Induction Day ceremony. Cannon co-authored Mexican American Baseball in the Inland Empire (Arcadia Publishing, 2012) for the Latino Baseball History Project, an archive which he helped launch in Los Angeles in 2004 and which is dedicated to collecting, preserving, and promoting the rich history of Mexican American baseball in California and throughout the United States. Cannon’s most recent project is the Institute for Baseball Studies, an archival collection at Whittier College, which will open to the public in fall 2014, and which will create and support interdisciplinary research and studies related to the cultural significance of baseball in American history. Cannon and Joseph L. Price, Professor of Religious Studies at Whittier College, serve as co-directors of the Institute for Baseball Studies.


Conference registration forms are available online on the NINE Website at

The $210 conference registration fee includes the Saturday evening Seymour Medal Banquet and tickets for two spring training games, if paid prior to January 13, 2015.  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 DoubleTree by Hilton on the Internet or by phone at (800) 528-6481. Rates are $139.00/night single or double; $149/night three per room; $159/night four per room. To ensure the conference rate, rooms must be booked before February 18, 2015. 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: October 22, 2014. Last Updated: October 22, 2014.