I’ve just got back from Grovehill Ballpark, where the Herts Falcons enjoyed two 1-run victories over the Richmond Flames. The decisive run in game 1 (7-6) came in the bottom of the seventh, while the go-ahead score in game 2 (5-4) came in the sixth. The results mean that Bracknell, Herts, London, and Richmond now […]
Archive | May, 2009
Firstly, apologies for this column’s non-appearance last Sunday. I know it was only my second week on the job, but this writer was enjoying a previously planned holiday, taking a break from the game of baseball and instead enjoying the natural joys of a warm and sunny Hawaii. (more…)
One thing that always amazes me about the MLB season is that a week never goes by without moments of great excitement. As a seemingly endless supply of games goes by day-after-day, you would think that there would come a time when the drama cools off for a while. But no, it just keeps on coming. […]
Last Saturday I wrote about how the Great Britain players involved in continental European leagues in 2009 were faring so far. Today, I’m instead looking at members of the Great Britain national team programme who competed in college baseball this season. There were some notable achievements, including a GB player being named to the Collegiate […]
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 […]
Scenario: The batter hits a fizzing liner straight back at the pitcher, who instinctively tries to turn away from the pitch. The ball loops up off the pitcher’s back and bounces in front of the shortstop, who scoops the ball up and fires it over to first to retire the batter-runner. How would you put the play down in your […]
As part of my research for the article published just below on the London Twilight Baseball League, I have been enjoying a long email correspondence with Jeff Archer, the league’s central figure. There are many great stories that Jeff has shared with me that unfortunately did not fit into the article, but one of them […]
Summary In this article I look 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 today. Access the PDF Click here Please leave comments on the article below.
Baseball’s Great Experiment: Jackie Robinson and his Legacy by Jules Tygiel (Oxford University Press, 2008) 415 pages. 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 […]
It’s BaseballGB fantasy roundup time again. Matt, Russ and myself had good weeks, but Joe may want to look away now.