NINE: A Journal of Baseball History and Culture

NINE: A Journal of Baseball History and Culture

Edited by Willie Steele and David Pegram

ISSN 1188-9330

eISSN 1534-1844


NINE studies all historical aspects of baseball, centering on the societal and cultural implications of the game wherever in the world it is played. This journal features articles, essays, book reviews, biographies, oral history, and short fiction pieces.

Table Of Contents

Vol. 31, No. 1 (Fall 2022)

The Cheap Seats: A Note from the Editor
Willie Steele

Diamond Quotes

Baseball Lamentation
Earl Wilcox

Baseball at Midnight
Earl Wilcox

Paradise Valley, February 1981
Rick Burton

Baseball like It Oughta Be
Aaron Belz

Triple Play
The Baseball Boys of Onionville: A Personal Reflection on the Rise and Fall of Small-Town Ball in a New York Village
Jay Kimiecik

The Statistical, Scientific, and Sensory Proof of Teddy Ballgame’s Mammoth Shot
Larry Ruttman

Foul Balls
R. Zachary Sanzone

From Brooklyn to Hollywood to Seattle: How Danny Kaye Became an Owner of the Mariners
David Krell

Changing Understandings of the Dodgers’ Move to Los Angeles and the Value of Archival Sources
Seth S. Tannenbaum

Ladies’ Day: Changing Views of Female Fandom and the Chicago Cubs, 1919–69
Joseph Eaton

How the 1962 Amazin’ Mets Mended the Broken Heart of a Brooklyn Dodgers Fan
Ira Stolzenberg

Satchel & the Yastrzemskis: A Long Island Narrative
Fabio Montella

The Boy of Summer: The Art and Anger of Roger Kahn
Mitchell Nathanson

Before Brooklyn: The Unsung Heroes Who Helped Break Baseball’s Color Barrier
Chad Wise

COVID Curveball: An inside View of the 2020 Los Angeles Dodgers World Championship Season
Ron Kaplan

Just like Me: When the Pros Played on the Sandlot
Kevin A. Johnson and Jennifer J. Asenas

Memories from the Microphone: A Century of Baseball Broadcasting
Alan L. Griggs

The Forgotten 1970 Chicago Cubs: Go and Glow
Paul Hensler

Extra Innings: Fred Claire’s Journey to City of Hope and Finding a World Championship Team
Anna R. Newton

The Resisters: A Novel
Thomas Wolf

Gathering Crowds: Catching Baseball Fever in the New Era of Free Agency
Lee Kluck

Maris & Mantle: Two Yankees, Baseball Immortality, and the Age of Camelot
Mark McGee

The Forgotten Game: Game 5 2004 ALCS Yankees at Red Sox
Jeff Spruill

Our Team: The Epic Story of Four Men and the World Series That Changed Baseball
David Bohmer

1930: The Story of a Baseball Season When Hitters Reigned Supreme
James E. Overmyer

Curveball at the Crossroads
Grace Morrison

The Baseball 100
Willie Steele

Submissions & Book Reviews

NINE seeks to promote the study of all historical aspects of baseball and centers on the cultural implications of the game wherever in the world baseball is played. The journal reflects an eclectic approach and does not foster a particular ideological bias.
Manuscripts must be prepared according to the Chicago Manual of Style, 17h edition, and should contain endnotes rather than footnotes. If an article prepared in another style is accepted, the author is fully responsible for changing the style to
CMS . Manuscripts prepared in American Psychological Association (APA) style are not acceptable.Simultaneous submissions are not accepted. Authors will be asked to sign a declaration that the submitted work is not being considered for publication elsewhere. No major revisions will be allowed after acceptance. The editor will attempt to have all manuscripts reviewed by two umpires and will respond to the authors within three months of receiving the manuscript. Articles should be between 2,000 and 8,000 words in length and saved as a Microsoft Word or RTF file. All figures and tables must be submitted in camera-ready format and will be printed as is. Please include a short (no more than three sentences) personal bio.

Address submissions to William Steele at
Book reviews are by invitation only.


Editorial Board

Founding Editor

Bill Kirwin
The University of Calgary in Edmonton


Trey Strecker
Louisiana State University

Willie Steele
Lipscomb University

Editorial Board

Jean Hastings Ardell, Corona Del Mar, California

Robert K. Barney, University of Western Ontario, London, Ontario

Robert Bellamy, Duquesne University, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

James E. Brunson III, Northern Illinois University, DeKalb, Illinois

Adrian Burgos Jr., University of Illinois, Urbana, Illinois

Peter Carino, Indiana State University, Terre Haute, Indiana

Richard C. Crepeau, University of Central Florida, Orlando, Florida

Gerald Early, Washington University, St. Louis, Missouri

Robert K. Fitts, Bronx, New York

Larry Gerlach, University of Utah, Salt Lake City, Utah

Steven P. Gietschier, Lindenwood University, St. Charles, Missouri

George Gmelch, University of San Francisco, San Francisco, California; Union College, Schenectady, New York

Chris Lamb, Indiana University– Purdue University Indianapolis, Indianapolis, Indiana

David Mills, University of Alberta, Edmonton, Alberta

Mitchell Nathanson, Villanova University School of Law

Roberta Newman, New York University, New York City, New York

James Odenkirk, Arizona State University, Tempe, Arizona

Richard J. Puerzer, Hofstra University, Hempstead, New York

Joel Nathan Rosen, Moravian College, Bethlehem, Pennsylvania


Sponsoring Society


Reading List: Migration

This list of peer-reviewed materials features articles on many topics spanning Globalization, Genocide, Religion, Diaspora Communities, and other aspects on the topic of Migration.

Reading List: Sports-Related Controversies, Social Issues, and Scandals

This sprawling list includes peer-reviewed articles on subjects as diverse as the fields of play they revolve around, including Violence in Sports, Gambling & Game Fixing, Drugs & Banned Substances, Mascots & Offensive Imagery, and other controversies.

Reading List: Pandemic

This developing list arose from the COVID-19 pandemic and includes many peer-reviewed articles on topics like Fictional Pandemics, Politics, Cultural Impacts, The Influenza Pandemic of 1918-1919, and other related areas of study.

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