CFP: [Cultural-Historical] NINE Spring Training Conference

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Trey Strecker
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NINE: A Journal of Baseball History and Culture announces THE 16th ANNUAL
SPRING TRAINING CONFERENCE on the Historical and Sociological Impact of

March 12-15, 2009

Clarion Hotel Tucson Airport--Tucson, Arizona

Call for Papers

The NINE Spring Training Conference invites original, unpublished papers
that study all aspects of baseball, with particular emphasis on history
and social policy implications. Abstracts only, not to exceed 300
words, should be submitted by December 1, 2008, to:

NINE Spring Training Conference
c/o Trey Strecker
Department of English
Ball State University
Muncie, Indiana 47306-0460

Email abstracts are preferred. Authors will be notified as quickly as
possible whether their papers have been accepted. Authors are required
to register for the conference and present their work in person.

The conference will include morning sessions, a Saturday evening banquet,
and opportunities for afternoon “field research.”

Keynote Speaker: Peter Morris

Peter Morris’s name is familiar to baseball scholars everywhere. His
books include Baseball Fever: Early Baseball in Michigan, a study of the
game from 1840 to 1875 (winner of the 2004 Seymour Medal and a Michigan
Notable Book), and the two-volume A Game of Inches: The Stories Behind
the Innovations That Shaped Baseball (recipient of the 2006 Seymour Medal
and Casey Award). In 2008, Morris published Level Playing Fields: How
the Groundskeeping Murphy Brothers Shaped Baseball and But Didn't We Have
Fun? An Informal History of Baseball’s Pioneer Era.

Featured Guest: Arnold Hano

Acclaimed author Arnold Hano will host Thursday’s Cy Seymour Baseball
Story-Telling session. Hano’s A Day in the Bleachers is a classic piece
of baseball literature. He is the award-winning writer and editor of
numerous articles, anthologies, and books on baseball and other subjects.
Hano received the Sidney Hillman Award in 1963 for his article on
California farm labor, "The Burned Out Americans," which appeared in Saga

Conference registration forms are available online on the new NINE
website at

The $175 conference registration fee includes the Saturday evening
banquet and tickets for two spring training games, if paid prior to
December 1, 2008. After December 1st, the conference fee will be $195,
and game tickets are not guaranteed.

Attendees can register in one of two ways. Those wishing to pay online
may use PayPal through the link provided on the NINE website. Those
wishing to pay by check can print their registration information (name,
mailing address, phone, email, and academic affliation [if applicable])
and send it along with their conference fee to:

Dan and Jean Ardell
P. O. Box 482
Corona del Mar, CA 92625

For further information about conference registration, please email Dan
Ardell at or Jean Ardell at

For hotel reservations, contact the Clarion Hotel Tucson Airport, 6901
South Tucson Boulevard, Tucson, AZ 85706: 1-800-526-0550. Rates are
$89.00/single; $99.00/double. To ensure the conference rate, rooms must
be booked prior to March 5, 2009. When booking, be sure to mention NINE:
A Journal of Baseball History and Culture.

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