Author Jim Leeke spoke to the NINE Spring Training Conference in Tempe, Arizona, on Saturday, March 14. His topic there was “Class D: The Nine Eventful Seasons of the Ohio State League, 1908-1916.”
This was the third paper that Jim has delivered at NINE. The first was in 2011, when he spoke on the great US Army – US Navy baseball game played in London on the Fourth of July, 1918, during WWI. This paper evolved into an article for NINE: A Journal of Baseball History & Culture. Later, it was the basis for Jim’s new book, Nine Innings for the King, due in July from McFarland & Co.
Jim recently returned to live and work in his hometown of Columbus, Ohio. The photo above shows the 1911 Portsmouth Cobblers of the Ohio State League.