NINE Baseball History & Culture Conference (1/3/17 – 4/3/17; proposals due 1/12/16)

Deadline for submissions: December 1, 2016

Full name / name of organization: NINE Journal of Baseball
Contact email:
NINE: A Journal of Baseball History and Culture announces the 24th Annual NINE Spring Training Conference on the Historical and Sociological Impact of Baseball

Wednesday, March 1 – Saturday, March 4, 2017

DoubleTree by Hilton–Phoenix Tempe

2100 South Priest Drive

Tempe, Arizona

Call for Papers: The 24th Annual NINE Spring Training Conference invites original unpublished papers that study all aspects of baseball, with particular emphasis on history and social policy implications.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, 2016, to the conference program committee of Rob Fitts (, Steve Gietschier (, and Trey Strecker ( (We ask that you please copy your submission to all of us).

Following the submission deadline, authors will be notified as quickly as possible whether their papers have been accepted. Submission of an abstract indicates the presenter’s intent to register for and attend the conference. All authors are required to register for the conference and present their work in person.

Conference Registration: Conference registration forms are available online at

The conference registration is $250.00 ($295.00 after January 31, 2017). The conference fee covers all events including the Saturday evening banquet, excepting game tickets, which are optional. Game information including dates, times, and prices will announced after it becomes available, usually in late fall.

Please complete the registration form prior to January 31, 2017, and send it with your check payable to NINE Spring Training Conference to:

Jean Ardell

P.O.Box 482

Corona del Mar, CA 92625

For further information about conference registration, please contact Jean Ardell at

Hotel Reservations: Registrants are responsible for making their hotel reservations directly with the DoubleTree (1-800-528-6481). Information on the NINE conference preferred rate is forthcoming.

Consider booking your airline tickets early. Hotel rates and conference registration are comparable with previous years, but we cannot control the airlines.

Keynote Speaker: Adrian Burgos, Jr., is Professor of History at the University of Illinois, specializing in US Latino history, sport history, and urban history. He holds a PhD from University of Michigan (2000) and a BA from Vassar College (1993). He is the author of Cuban Star: How One Negro League Owner Changed the Face of Baseball (Hill & Wang, 2011) and Playing America’s Game: Baseball, Latinos, and the Color Line (University of California Press, 2007), which won the Latina/o Book Award from the Latin American Studies Association and was a Seymour Medal finalist from the Society of American Baseball Research. His scholarly writings have appeared in the Journal of American History, Journal of American Ethnic History, and Social Text, among others; he also is a contributor to and has written for His expertise on Latinos and baseball has resulted in being featured subject of Playing America’s Game documentary, serving as a consultant on the National Baseball Hall of Fame’s Viva Baseball exhibit, and as program advisor for numerous documentaries, including Bernardo Ruiz’s Roberto Clemente and Ken Burns’ The Tenth Inning and The Jackie Robinson Story: The Life and Times of Jackie Robinson.