2023 SABR/IWBC Women in Baseball Conference
This year’s conference — co-sponsored by SABR and the International Women’s Baseball Center and hosted by Rockford University — was a virtual event with the theme “Through the Lens of Baseball.”
The conference was highlighted by a keynote presentation from pioneering sports writer and author Melissa Ludtke; a Through the Lens of Baseball panel with Tracy Greer, Jessica Kleinschmidt, Margaret Lawrence, Donna Muscarella, and Leslie Heaphy; an Umpires Panel with Perry Barber, Sophiyah Liu, and Greta Langhenry; a Telling Their Story Panel with Shae Sloan, Missy Coombes, Marlene Vogelsang, and Kat Williams; research presentations; pylon unveiling; and the announcement of the Dorothy Seymour Mills Lifetime Achievement Award.
- Video highlights: Click here to watch highlights from the 2023 SABR/IWBC Women in Baseball Conference
- Program: Download the 2023 conference program (PDF)
- Schedule: Click here for the full schedule of panels and presentations. Zoom sessions were held from 6:30-8:00 p.m. on Friday, September 29; 10:00 a.m.-8:15 p.m. on Saturday, September 30, and 11:00 a.m.-3:30 p.m. on Sunday, October 1. (All times listed are in the Eastern Time Zone.)
All registrants are encouraged to send a children’s sports book to be donated to the local Rockford community. Examples include: Players in Pigtails; She Loved Baseball: The Effa Manley Story; A Whole New Ball Game, etc. Books can be shipped directly to IWBC at: Rockford University, 5100 Building Room 25, 5050 E. State Street, Rockford, IL 61108. Or choose a book and donate in your local community and send us a note about where you donated.
Click play to watch the Welcome Remarks/Social Hour from the 2023 SABR/IWBC Women in Baseball Conference on Friday, September 29.
RP: Donna L. Halper
Click here to watch Donna L. Halper’s presentation, “Making Their Voices Heard: Women Baseball Writers, 1900-1945.”
RP: Shira Harris and Anna Hisnanick
Click here to watch Shira Harris and Anna Hisnanick’s presentation on “Friend of Dorothy: Women in Baseball as a Motif for Creating Queer Spaces: Beauty, and Joy in the AAGPBL and A League of Their Own (2022).”
Through the Lens of Baseball Panel
Click here to watch the Through the Lens of Baseball Panel, with Tracy Greer, Jessica Kleinschmidt, Margaret Lawrence, Donna Muscarella, and moderator Leslie Heaphy.
RP: Sue Macy
Click here to watch Sue Macy’s presentation, “I was a Fly on the Wall at the First AAGPBL Reunion.”
RP: Ryan Woodward
Click here to watch Ryan Woodward’s presentation, “All-American Generations: Rookies Hit the Road in Skirts.”
Click here to watch the Umpires Panel with Lisa Turbitt, Greta Langhenry, Sophiyah Liu, and moderator Perry Barber.
International Baseball / Women’s World Cup
Click here to watch a presentation by Kat Williams and Leslie Heaphy on the Women’s World Cup tournament.
RP: Adam Berenbak
Click here to watch Adam Berenbak’s presentation, “A Brief Overview of Women’s Professional Baseball in Japan, 1949-1969.”
Keynote Address: Melissa Ludtke
Click here to watch Melissa Ludtke’s keynote address on “A Woman’s Struggle to Get Inside.”
Dorothy Seymour Mills Award Ceremony & pylon unveiling
Click play below to watch the 2023 pylon unveiling and Dorothy Seymour Mills Lifetime Achievement Award ceremony, held on Saturday, September 30, 2023. The pylon unveiling at Rockford University was introduced by Dr. Kat Williams of the International Women’s Baseball Center. The 2023 Dorothy Seymour Mills Lifetime Achievement Award winner was Maybelle Blair of the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League.
RP: Barrett Snyder
Click here to watch Barrett Snyder’s presentation, “Rachel Balkovec’s Baseball Journey.”
RP: Lauren Stewart
Click here to watch Lauren Snyder’s presentation, “Creation of Props for a Baseball Movie.”
Telling Their Story Panel
Click here to watch the Telling Their Story Panel with panelists Shae Sloan and Missy Coombes of the Colorado Silver Bullets, Marlene Vogelsang of the IWBC, and moderator Kat Williams.
RP: Erin Cooper
Click here to watch Erin Cooper’s presentation, “Get Off the Field: Persisting in the Face of Opposition.”
- 2022: Click here for video replays from the virtual 2022 SABR/IWBC Women in Baseball Conference