21st Annual Cooperstown Symposium Begins Wednesday

6-1-09-Carr_Hall.jpgCarr_90.jpgBy Samantha Carr

Twenty-one years strong and bigger than ever before.

The Annual Cooperstown Symposium on Baseball and American Culture, co-sponsored by the State University of New York College at Oneonta and the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum, begins Wednesday morning in Cooperstown. Each year, the event brings baseball scholars from throughout the country together to examine the impact of baseball on American culture from inter- and multi-disciplinary perspectives. 

6-1-09-Carr_Dickson Mug.jpg“This year we have more speakers than ever before and it will last from Wednesday morning until Friday evening,” said Jim Gates, the Hall of Fame’s librarian. “We have a wide range of subject listings, and I’m looking forward to it.”

This year’s event will feature keynote speaker Paul Dickson, author of The Dickson Baseball Dictionary, The UnWritten Rules of Baseball, The Joy of Keeping Score and many other baseball titles. Dickson will be speaking about his work on the historical lexicography of baseball terms and expressions.

The Symposium will feature discussions on everything from baseball and the law to monuments and memorials to music and poetry. It will conclude Friday evening with a screening of Diamond in the Dunes: Hope and Baseball in China’s Wild West, a work-in-progress documentary.

Samantha Carr is the media relations coordinator at the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum.

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