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Call for Papers: This Diamond Isle

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 […]

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Celebrating individual successes on poor or mediocre teams in British baseball’s top tier

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. (more…)

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Don Merchant is congratulated by his Alconbury team-mates after his home run versus London (courtesy of the Dutch National Archives)

Haarlem Baseball Week, 1961: an early British foray onto the Continent

Recently, I wrote about the history of British clubs in European competitions sanctioned by the continent’s baseball confederation. Of course, there are many other tournaments held in Europe that bring together teams from different countries, including Britain. For instance, several British teams have forged links with clubs on the Continent, particularly in The Netherlands, and made […]

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The Pirates shake hands with the Pioniers after the semi-final

The Croydon Pirates at the 2005 European Cupwinners Cup (Part 2)

Part 1 of this two-part article provided a brief history of British clubs in European competition and the context of the Croydon Pirates’ entry into the 2005 Cupwinners Cup. This second part tells the story of what happened on the Pirates’ tour. The quotes and memories are taken from recollections shared over email correspondence approximately […]

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The Croydon Pirates, 2004 British baseball national champions

The Croydon Pirates at the 2005 European Cupwinners Cup (Part 1)

In 2013, baseball clubs from 25 European countries will take part in competitions sanctioned by the continent’s baseball federation. The highest-ranked European nation absent from this list is Great Britain (#21 in the world), and the only other ranked countries not sending a team are Israel (#28), Sweden (#34), Slovenia (#58), Ireland (#61), Hungary (#63), and […]

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John Thomas batting for the Liverpool Postal Pirates in the mid-1950s

John Thomas: Triple national champ and true club man over 70 years

British baseball returns to the field this weekend for the start of the semi-competitive run-in to the new season. Sadly, it does so without John Thomas, one of the British game’s great characters and longest-serving veterans, who passed away shortly after the end of the 2012 campaign. He had battled with health problems during the last few […]

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