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 [...]
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. [...]
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.
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
A Call for Papers has just been published for 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. Pieces may focus on anything [...]
In baseball, as in other team games, stronger sides generally comprise stronger players, and weaker sides weaker players. All but the very strongest nines ever assembled, though, have had at least one sub-par member, and many poorly performing ensembles have boasted individual stars. This article is about celebrating the latter.