The fourth annual Canadian Baseball History Conference will be held the weekend of November 9th and 10th in London, Ontario, home of venerable Labatt Park. Join us for a day and a half of research presentations and discussion covering a wide range of topics relating to baseball’s historical development in Canada, and for a side trip to the newly expanded and renovated Museum facility at the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame in St. Marys.
Saturday November 9, 2019 8:00AM – 6:00PM
Sunday November 10, 2019 8:00AM – 12:00PM
Museum London, 421 Ridout Street North, London. Located at the Forks of the Thames River in the heart of the downtown, the Museum offers a spectacular view across the river to Labatt Park. (It is directly across the street from the Middlesex County Courthouse, the venue for the 2018 Conference.) The Museum features one of Canada’s most important art collections, a tour of which is included in the Conference activities. See www.museumlondon.ca for more information regarding our venue.
The special offer at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel London has now expired. An alternative has been offered by the Residence Inn by Marriott London Downtown, at 383 Colborne Street. This is roughly a 10-minute walk from the Museum. They offer a room rate of $159/night plus tax for either a king studio suite (525 square feet) or one bedroom king suite (840 square feet), subject to availability. Each suite contains a fully equipped kitchen, full-sized refrigerator, microwave, dishwasher, cookware and utensils. Complimentary daily breakfast is included. To take advantage of this special offer, contact Brent Smith, Director of Sales and Marketing, at (519) 433-7222, extension 70104.
The 15 presentations packed into the busy schedule cover a wide variety of topics, focusing on diverse aspects of baseball’s history in Canada. Highlights include:
- A special 1-hour presentation on the playing and umpiring career of Bob Emslie
- The Sleeman Collection at the University of Guelph
- Harry Simmons and his influence on baseball in Canada
- The ManDak League
- Mary “Bonnie” Baker
- The Boston Red Stockings’ tour of Canada
- A history of the InterCounty Baseball League
For a detailed Conference schedule, including summaries of all 15 planned presentations, click here.
The conference registration fee is $70. This covers all presentations and discussion, continental breakfasts both days, a catered lunch on Saturday, and tours of both the London Museum Art Gallery and the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum. Please send an E-transfer to firstname.lastname@example.org, or a cheque (made out to the Centre for Canadian Baseball Research) to 398 Queen St. E., P.O. Box 3305, St. Marys Ont. N4X 0A6.
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We are grateful for the assistance, financial and otherwise, of Tourism London and the London Department of Parks and Recreation. Their support has helped us secure a quality venue and catering while keeping registration fees reasonable.