SABR Origins, Nineteenth Century committees to co-host 2014 baseball symposium in New York

SABR’s Nineteenth Century and Origins research committees will co-host the 2014 NYC 19th Century Baseball Interdisciplinary Symposium.

The 2014 NYC 19th Century Baseball Interdisciplinary Symposium, a joint effort between the Origins and Nineteenth Century committees, is tentatively scheduled for November 15, 2014 at John Jay College in Manhattan.

The symposium will cover more than six decades of 19th-century New York City baseball history (“Greater NYC”, including what is now its five Boroughs and nearby New Jersey) with the additional participation of local and regional historians, academicians and other 19th-century experts to enlarge and enhance our collective understanding of the 19th-century game in NYC and its particular place in 19th-century New York City life.

Over the approximate six-decade span, circa 1840 to 1900, there is a near-equal split between the pre-professional era (three-plus decades prior to 1871) and the openly professional era (three decades from 1871 to 1900.) 

Symposium planning committee members from both SABR research committees are in general agreement that this historical chronological partition offers a natural opportunity to organize the symposium program in a way that will likely benefit its planners, participants and audience alike.

The 2014 NYC 19th Century Baseball Interdisciplinary Symposium Planning Committee currently includes the following members from the Nineteenth Century and/or Origins Committees: Bob Bailey; David Dyte; Irvin Goldfarb; Donald Jensen; Bill Johnson, Chair-Origins; Peter Mancuso, Chair-Nineteenth Century; Larry McCray, Founding & Emeritus Chair-Origins; George Thompson; John Thorn and John Zinn.

To join in the active planning or to be an observer member, contact Bill Johnson or Peter Mancuso.

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Originally published: October 8, 2013. Last Updated: October 8, 2013.