Francis: Study of the game at 27th annual Cooperstown symposium

From SABR member Bill Francis at on May 30, 2015:

Fans of the national pastime looking for a broader perspective on the game have – since 1989 – found a gathering place each year at the Cooperstown Symposium on Baseball and American Culture.

The three-day event held at the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum, which concluded on Friday, May 29, brings together academics, students, historians, writers, just about anybody with an affection for the sport.

“We provide a unique platform for men and women from around the country to come to Cooperstown and to discuss baseball and its relation to our culture and society,” said Hall of Fame Librarian Jim Gates, a co-coordinator of the event. “We don’t talk about baseball on the field; we talk about everything else: Art, music, poetry, literature, economics, architecture…Whatever.

“We have built up a great history and that history continues and goes forward. What this all adds up to, I hope, is the country’s preeminent academic baseball conference.”

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Originally published: June 1, 2015. Last Updated: June 1, 2015.