Read about one Brit’s experience of following Mark Buehrle’s incredible perfect game from the UK. It was the topic of this week’s ‘Weekly Hit Ground Ball’ column at BaseballGB, a feature that is published every Sunday during the MLB season.
Great Britain were originally scheduled to play their first round Baseball World Cup games in Moscow, Russia. If that appeared to be an unusual venue, the new home of Pool D will seem just as strange at first glance.
Great Britain and Japan will be playing in Zagreb, Croatia, alongside the home nation and Nicaragua. The change of venue less than two months before the tournament is set to start is the latest twist in the story of Great Britain’s World Cup aventure. Read more about the latest news at BaseballGB here.
The European Champion Cup Final Four brings together four of the best baseball teams in the continent. This year’s event took place over the weekend just gone in Barcelona, Spain. The four teams battling it out were L&D Amsterdam Pirates, Corendon Kinheim (both from the Netherlands), Danesi Caffe’ Nettuno and Fortitudo Bologna (both from Italy).
Read a full review of the tournament at BaseballGB.
As part of Project Cobb, ex-‘Baseball on Five’ presenter Josh Chetwynd (and author of two McFarland publications: British Baseball and the West Ham Club, and Baseball in Europe) has written an article compiling an All-Star team of players who have appeared on British soil over the years.
Featuring greats such as Willie Stargell, Tris Speaker, Cap Anson, Sam ‘Wahoo’ Crawford, Bob Feller and AG Spalding, it makes for an impressive team. More importantly, Josh’s article explains how every player ‘qualifies’ for the list, charting an interesting history of baseball on British shores.
Read the full article by clicking through to BaseballGB here.
Last weekend saw the first instalment of Interleague play during the 2009 MLB season. There are plenty of reasons to dislike the now traditional sight of AL and NL teams coming together outside of the World Series, but it does at least give fans in two-team cities and states the chance to gain bragging rights for a few weeks.
The Lone Star Series is one such example. The Houston Astros and Texas Rangers come together to try to gain Major League wins and to capture the ‘Silver Boot’ trophy.
(Click here to read more, including a completed scorecard of the game).
As well as the regular blog content, BaseballGB publishes occasional Full Articles to provide a more in-depth look at the game.
In the latest such article, Joe Gray looks at the London Twilight Baseball League of 1976, a project led by Jeff Archer. While the league was short-lived, its innovative nature gives it historical importance and also provides lessons for baseball in Britain today.
The article has been written for Project Cobb (the Project for the Chronicling of British Baseball). Find out more at the Project Cobb website.
Baseball is rightly proud of the Jackie Robinson story. When he ‘broke the colour line’ on 15 April 1947, he didn’t just set in motion the desegregation of baseball, he helped to pave the way for seismic changes throughout American society.
Jules Tygiel’s book has been widely regarded as one of the seminal texts on this subject since it was first published in 1983. It is therefore an important addition to any baseball fan’s collection.
Read the full review here.