This summer, Shady Side Academy Senior School English teacher Jeff Miller co-presented Clemente and Stargell: A Relationship Forged in Pittsburgh at the 29th Cooperstown Symposium on Baseball and American Culture, held at the National Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, N.Y.
The annual symposium is attended by hundreds of baseball scholars and enthusiasts throughout the country. Miller and his co-presenter, Mark Altschuler, roughly divided the 30 years of the two Pittsburgh Pirates' careers (1953-1982) into 10 Roberto Clemente years, 10 Clemente/Willie Stargell years, and 10 Stargell years, looking at common traits as well as individual ones. This 30-year period began during Jim Crow Laws and ended after the Civil Rights Movement. Both men led with quiet dignity and were well respected both locally and nationally. The 1960, 1971 and 1979 World Series victories were central to national credibility for these small-market superstars.
The Cooperstown Symposium on Baseball and American Culture, co-sponsored by SUNY Oneonta and the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum, examines the impact of baseball on American culture from interdisciplinary and multi-disciplinary perspectives. Learn more.
Congratulations, Mr. Miller!