May 2009 baseball events from around the country

SABR members might be interested in attending a number of baseball-related events taking place during May 2009. Please note that these are not SABR events unless otherwise noted. They are listed here as a courtesy.

SABR members might be interested in attending a number of baseball-related events taking place during May 2009. Please note that these are not SABR events unless otherwise noted. They are listed here as a courtesy.

Play Ball: Commemorating Coal Field Baseball takes place on May 9, 2009. Sponsored by the Coal Heritage Highway Authority, this one-day event takes place at Tamarack in Beckley, West Virginia. It will feature historians and scholars who have studied coalfield baseball.

Speakers include Dr. William Akin, author of West Virginia Baseball: A History, and Lynn Sutter, author of Bat, Ball and Bitumen: Baseball in the Southern Appalachians. In addition, a panel of West Virginia scholars who will speak: Dr. Stuart McGehee, professor of History at West Virginia State University and Archivist for the Eastern Regional Coal Archives; Paul Nyden, a reporter for the Charleston Gazette since 1982 who has published several articles on coalfield baseball; and researcher Gene Worthington, who will connect coal field baseball with the larger scope of national baseball history.
The sponsoring organizations for the project are the Coal Heritage Highway Authority and the National Coal Heritage Area Authority, two agencies that work together to preserve, interpret, and promote the rich coal heritage of southern West Virginia.

Play Ball: Commemorating Coal Field Baseball, is free and open to the public. Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. with exhibits and book signings by authors. The sessions will begin at 10:00 am and continue through 5:00 p.m. Tamarack is the state arts center, featuring fine arts and crafts by West Virginia artists. A Taste of West Virginia, managed by The Greenbrier, will be open for lunch. A number of hotels are available at I 77 exit 44. Lodging information may be obtained by calling 1-800-VISITWV. More information about Play Ball: Commemorating Coal Field Baseball can be obtained by calling the Coal Heritage Highway Authority at (304) 256-6941.
For more information contact Karen Vuranch at (304) 57
4-4840 or karen@wventerprises.com

The Cleveland Museum of Art presents Rare Films from the Baseball Hall of Fame on Wednesday, May 27 at 6:30 p.m. Dave Filipi, curator of film/video at the Wexner Center in Columbus, sends the museum an all-new program of entertaining and amazing short films culled from the collection of the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown. This year



Originally published: May 4, 2009. Last Updated: May 4, 2009.

© SABR. All Rights Reserved