Check out highlights from the 2021 SABR Brooklyn 19th Century Baseball Interdisciplinary Symposium

The virtual SABR Brooklyn 19th Century Baseball Interdisciplinary Symposium was held on November 13-14, 2021.

The two-day online symposium, hosted by the SABR Nineteenth Century Committee, was devoted to 19th-century baseball as it was played and evolved in Brooklyn.

Guest speakers included keynote speaker Dr. Thomas J. Campanella, Associate Professor of Urban Studies and City Planning at Cornell University and Historian-in-Residence of the New York City Parks Department; John Thorn, MLB’s Official Historian; a Panel Discussion on “Was Brooklyn the Actual Birthplace of Baseball?” featuring David Dyte, Tom Gilbert and Bill Ryczek; and Research Presentations by Ralph Carhart, Brian Sheehy, Tom Gilbert, and Justin Mckinney.

Click here to read John Thorn’s welcome address, “Brooklyn Before Baseball,” at Our Game.

Click here to watch a video tour of Brooklyn’s historic baseball places with Tom Gilbert:

The 2021 Brooklyn 19th Century Baseball Interdisciplinary Symposium was the fifth in our city-specific series. It was a day of learning and fun, and an opportunity to exchange questions and comments among both presenters and symposium attendees. Previous symposiums were held in New York City (2014), Philadelphia (2016), Cleveland (2018), and Minneapolis (2019).

For more information, contact Peter Mancuso.



Originally published: November 21, 2021. Last Updated: November 21, 2021.

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