Check out photos and highlights from the 2018 SABR Cleveland 19th Century Baseball Interdisciplinary Symposium

The SABR Cleveland 19th Century Baseball Interdisciplinary Symposium took place on Saturday, November 10, 2018, at the majestic Main Branch of the Cleveland Public Library in the heart of downtown Cleveland.

The day-long Saturday symposium was devoted to 19th-century baseball as it was played and evolved in Cleveland and its greater region of northeastern Ohio. A keynote luncheon address of interdisciplinary history by David Goldberg, Professor of History at Cleveland State University,  provided a look at late 19th-century Cleveland with a particular understanding of one of that city’s most important and powerful forces, its transportation system.

Other speakers included John Thorn, MLB’s Official Historian; John Skrtic, Director of Public Services, CPL; Jeremy Feador, Cleveland Indians, Historian & Curator; and four SABR researchers and authors with specific focus on elements of 19th-century Cleveland area baseball: David Fleitz, Joseph Wancho, Ken Krsolovic, and Bryan Fritz. Click here to download the complete schedule (PDF).

Click here to read John Thorn’s welcoming address, “When Cleveland and Baseball Were Young,” at Our Game.

Click here to view a photo gallery from the symposium.

Originally published: November 12, 2018. Last Updated: November 12, 2018.