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BBF on WBC 2009

For those of you who haven’t yet seen it, the British Baseball Federation has issued a response to the news that the Great Britain team has been overlooked for the 2009 World Baseball Classic. As noted here earlier in the week, the BBF had contacted MLB about the possibility of Team GB taking the second European spot […]

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Cobb: A Biography by Al Stump

Cobb: A Biography by Al Stump (Algonquin, 1996), 436 pages. Many biographies tend to fall into one of two categories: sensationalist rubbish of little substance, or stale re-treads of stories that everyone has heard a thousand times before. This biography breaks the mould largely thanks to the subject himself. Ty Cobb was an astonishingly talented […]

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WBC 2009 details announced

MLB has just announced some details relating to the 2009 World Baseball Classic. The news is somewhat bittersweet for British fans. The British Baseball Federation (BBF) had hoped that Team GB’s silver medal in the recent European Baseball Championships would help them secure the second European spot in the WBC alongside the Netherlands. Unfortunately, the organizers […]

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The trouble with time travel

Playing about with time machines can be disastrous. Two things have brought that to my attention over the last twenty-four hours. The first was happening to stumble over a repeat of an old Red Dwarf episode last night. It was the one where they go back in time (so that Lister can stock up on […]

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Going global

There’s something very comforting about Spring Training. We go through the same rituals each year: players claiming to be in the best shape of their lives, all teams talking positively about the season ahead, players and managers wearing new uniforms etc. It’s familiar rather than formulaic and few people would want to see it change. […]

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The Boys of Summer by Roger Kahn

The Boys of Summer by Roger Kahn, (Harper Perennial Modern Classic, 2006), 474 pages. The Brooklyn Dodgers of the early Fifties deserve a place in the annals of baseball history. Roger Kahn’s much-loved book has ensured that this is the case. The games, the players, and the struggles against racial prejudice will always be vividly […]

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British Baseball Bulletin

With pitchers and catchers set to report to their Spring Training camps on Wednesday, it would be no surprise if the upcoming MLB season is at the forefront of your mind.  It certainly is for me! But amid the excitement, don’t forget that baseball is played in Britain as well.  The British National League gets […]

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Spring Training games

In response to a comment on the previous post, I’ve done a bit of digging to find out which Spring Training games will be televised (and therefore shown on MLB.TV).  Only a few of the relevant local networks have published this info so far: Cubs and White Sox Mets Red Sox Tigers The schedules on the […]

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MLB.TV 2008 prices released

The real landmark sign that the new season is rapidly approaching, particularly as a British fan eager to devour as many games by as many teams as possible, is when MLB.com announces the prices for their multimedia packages. If you haven’t logged on to MLB.com yet in the last twenty hours or so, take a […]

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Sports Illustrated: Great Baseball Writing, ed. Rob Fleder

Sports Illustrated: Great Baseball Writing, edited by Rob Fleder, (Sports Illustrated Books, 2007), 557 pages. From its first edition in August 1954, Sports Illustrated has been a weekly feature of many American sports fans’ lives.  To mark the fiftieth anniversary of its conception, Sports Illustrated published this collection of fifty-two articles, ranging from January 1956 […]

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