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Alcantara and Azcuy become first players in British baseball history to win four straight national titles

Both were key players on the Essex Arrows squad that swept the London Mets in a best of three national final over the final weekend of August

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A history of the Leicester Green Sox (1954–64) told via cuttings

John Varnam got in touch with me a few weeks ago mentioning that he had pulled together a history of the Leicester Green Sox Baseball Club (1954–64), primarily based on a collection of cuttings, a copy of which he could send through to me along with various other items of British baseball memorabilia. This post […]

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Winners announced for the 2013 British Baseball Writing Awards

We can now announce the winners of the 2013 British Baseball Writing Awards. There were three award-winning entries, and they were of such varied themes that it did not seem reasonable to try to rank them; thus, the prize fund will be shared equally between the winners. The award-winning writers were: Josh Chetwynd, whose history of […]

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Four new members of the British Baseball Hall of Fame inducted in 2013

Today the fifth annual class of the British Baseball Hall of Fame (BBHoF) has been announced, and there are four new inductees, bringing the total membership to 22. The inductees include there long-serving and well-decorated players as well as someone who built the backbone for British baseball’s historical recording. The four individuals are presented below. […]

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A treasure from British baseball’s past

A few weeks back, while clearing out her family home, a lady named Peggy Farrington came across an unusual small, white, round, stitched object. It was a baseball, unused, but clearly on the older side.

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Back to Dingwall: the first British box score?

With sincere thanks to Inverness Reference Library, I now have a digital copy of what might well be the first box score to ever appear in a British newspaper (the Inverness Advertiser, 19 July 1870). In addition, a cutting from the same paper on 18 April 1871 confirms that the club survived at least one […]

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Deadline approaching for submitting article to “This Diamond Isle” issue one

The deadline is approaching to submit an article to the first issue of This Diamond Isle, a new biannual journal of British baseball (to be published online only as the periodical for the Project COBB Chartered Community of the Society for American Baseball Research). You can see the Call for Papers by clicking here. This notes a […]

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Down the stretch: Photo and writing awards

As teams with a chance of making the British baseball play-offs begin to make final preparations, so must those individuals whose grip is not on a seam or bat handle but rather a shutter or a pen. Just as the season’s sand grains are tumbling, so is time running out for entries to be submitted […]

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Some new (old) feats added to top-tier stats archive

Apologies for the list nature of this post, but I’m just cataloguing the latest additions to the Project COBB website, which this time fall under the top-tier feats category. In the list below “[NF]” indicates the feat occurred in a national final. Many of these are added owing to the extension of the top-tier stats […]

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New findings upturn previous beliefs on baseball’s intro to the UK

Note: In this article, to show that the sport being referred to is a direct antecedent of modern American baseball, the term “baseball” is used throughout, except in quoted passages. The alternative of “base ball” is actually a more accurate way to refer to the sport in its early years. Going all the way back […]

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