The Conference on Baseball in Literature and American Culture has consistently produced a strong body of scholarship since its inception in 1995. The essays presented at the 2006 and 2007 conferences are published in this work.The topics covered include early baseball journalism; sportswriting as mythology; the Henry Wiggen baseball novels; fictionalized baseball broadcasts; racism, religious fundamentalism, patriotism and Marxism; Philip Roth's ""The Great American Novel""; Zane Grey; masculinity in Richard Greenberg's ""Take Me Out""; Willie Mays; Northern Exposure; Salvadore Dali and surrealism; baseball's economic trendsetters; Pete Rose; baseball literature in the classroom; and Jim Bunning's perfect game, among others.
Ronald E. Kates is an associate professor of English at Middle Tennessee State University. Warren Tormey is an assistant professor of English at Middle Tennessee State University. They are co-chairs (along with Crosby Hunt) of the Conference on Baseball in Literature and American Culture.