English

Baseball in Literature & Culture Conference


Special Guests

Mr. Skip Nipper

A baseball historian with deep connections to the Nashville Area, Skip Nipper maintains the website sulphurdell.com and is author of the photographic history Baseball in Nashville. He is also a member of the Grantland Rice-Fred Russell (Tennessee) Chapter of the Society for Baseball Research and is former president and current secretary of the Nashville Old Timers Baseball Association, an organization that celebrates the game by awarding college scholarships to deserving recipients. His talk is titled "The Emerging Era of Middle Tennessee Base-Ball."

Mr. Willie Wilson

Royals Hall of Famer Willie Wilson played an integral part in the only two World Series appearances the Royals have made, batting .367 against the St. Louis Cardinals in the Royals' only World Series title in 1985. A superb lead-off hitter, Wilson led the American League in stolen bases in his second full season in the Major Leagues in 1979. He won his team's Player of the Year award in 1980, when he led
the league in hits, runs, triples, and singles and won the Gold Glove for defensive excellence. In 1982, Wilson was the Major League batting champion, hitting .332 and, winning his first trip to the All Star game. A speedster on the base paths, Wilson led the league in triples five times, and his 13 inside-the-park home runs are the most by any player in the modern era. He has 668 career stolen bases, 10th most in Major League baseball history. He was voted into the Royals Hall of Fame in 2000. He lives in Kansas City, where he is head of the Willie Wilson Baseball Foundation, a charity that serves the area's underprivileged youth. He recently released his book Inside the Park: Running the Base Path of Life. As one of the game's most recognizable and productive players from the last great era of Royals baseball, he is remarkably qualified to offer an insider's perspective on the rivalries, personalities, and culture of the '70s and '80s game.