Rhode Island native Jeff Archer has been a great friend of Project COBB since its inception and he recently sent through some photos from the 1976 British national final, in which his Spirit of ’76 team was pipped by the Liverpool Trojans. The photos that Jeff obtained were taken and kindly scanned from the negatives by Tom Evans (official photographer for the game). I believe that Tom has more shots like this, and if he can come through with them they would represent an invaluable pictorial record of 1970s senior and youth baseball in southern England. In any case, though, the batch he has sent are very useful in their own right.
Perhaps the most useful of the lot is a photo of the Trojans’ championship squad, which is far superior to the one previously held by Project COBB and thus supersedes that image.
The other images are presented below, with as many details as are known. If you can supply details of any of the unnamed individuals, please leave a comment below.
Among other projects, Jeff is currently working on an expanded version of his highly entertaining account of his adventures in European baseball, Strike Four (reviewed here and on Facebook here), as well as a book titled Mastering the Knuckleball. As part of the latter project, Jeff has produced a short guide entitled Basics of the Knuckleball. If you are interested in learning how to throw the pitch and would like to be sent a PDF of Jeff’s guide to the basics, please leave a comment below or contact me here.