2021 Conference Presentation Guide
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Bruce Allardice- 11:30am
Greg Gajus- 12 noon
Bob Sampson- 12:30pm
Matt Stone- 1:00pm
Rudy Frias- 1:30pm
Honest Al- 2:00pm
Greg Rhodes- 2:30pm
Tom Derry- 3:00pm
Dr. Heaphy- 3:30pm
Marcus Dickson- 4:00pm
Doc Adams/Corky Gaskell- 4:30pm
All listed times are EASTERN STANDARD TIME. Adjust your reminders accordingly.
The Case For Doc Adams Election to Baseball's Hall of Fame, December 2021
Corky Gaskell's Encore Presentation will reprise the argument for Doc Adams selection for the Early Baseball Era (1950 and prior) to Baseball’s Hall of Fame. Marjorie Adams for personal reasons is not available.
Civil War Veterans Base Ball Stories
Bruce Allardice: A professor of history at South Suburban College, Bruce is an avid sports historian, He currently heads up the "Civil War Baseball" subcommittee for the Society of American Baseball Research (SABR) and is a member of SABR's Biography Committee, specializing in researching the lives of 19th Century ballplayers.
The Story of Hamtramck Stadium, Then & Now
Tom Derry: Tom, a 50 year old mail carrier, in 2010, saw the weed infested site of Gavin Field, later known as Briggs Stadium, and Tiger Stadium and led the movement to restore Gavin Field. Once Detroit decided to turn Gavin Field into a private ball field managed by PAL (police athletic league) Tom turned the Gavin Field Grounds Crew’s efforts to restoring Hamtramck Stadium. Historic Hamtramck Stadium is one of only five Negro League home ballparks still in existence. Hosted the 2018 VBBA Conference in Menomonie and attended the 2017 Conference.
Marcus Dickson, The 1867 World's Tournament
Marcus Dickson presented at the 2020 conference. His topic this year will be: The 1867 World's Tournament.
The Art of Podcasting Vintage Base Ball Interviews
Rudy Frias: Learn about the brainchild of "Swamp Fox" Frias of The Columbus Capitals, The Vintage Base Ball Podcast, what it involves, what it takes to produce a podcast. The Vintage Base Ball Podcast, covers all topics in the vintage base ball community.
The Year After: The Story of the 1870 Red Stockings
Greg Gajus: The co-author of How the 1869 Cincinnati Red Stockings Turned Baseball Into a National Sensation. Greg will share with you some of the stories surrounding the first professional base ball club’s barnstorming year in the year of the 150th anniversary of that historic team. “Greg combines a true love and respect for the game with an impressive depth of knowledge…” Daniel Marks www.billjamesonline.com/footprints_on_the_baseball_landscape_my_interview_with_greg_gajus/
Stories of Early Women Baseball Pioneers
This year Dr. Heaphy will focus on the stories of early women baseball pioneers: Lizzie, Amanda, Alta and Maud. With more women getting involved in professional sports, this is a timely topic. Dr. Leslie Heaphy is an Associate Professor in the Department of History at Kent State University. Dr. Heaphy has published several works on women in baseball and on the Negro leagues. She has also been the editor of the journal Black Ball since 2008 and is highly active in the Society for American Baseball Research.
Four Games That Saved the 1869 Cincinnati Red Stockings Undefeated Season
"Greg Rhodes, Keynote Speaker, is the author of a number of books on Cincinnati baseball and served as the first director of the Cincinnati Reds Hall of Fame and Museum. He is currently the Cincinnati Reds team historian." Goodreads
Serpents in the Garden: Competition, Controversy and Collapse in Early Illinois Base Ball
Bob Sampson of the Rock Spring Ground Squirrels is historian for the Vintage Base Ball Association
Lively Art of Umpiring a Vintage Base Ball Game
Allen "Honest Al" Stare will cover the lively art of umpiring a vintage baseball game.
The Ladies and Gentlemen of Vintage Base Ball Demographic: A Study of Vintage Ballist Demographics
Matt Stone also presented last year. His topic this year: The Ladies and Gentlemen of Vintage Base Ball Demographic: A Study of Vintage Ballist Demographics. This project determined what types of people participate in vintage base ball.