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British Baseball and the West Ham Club: History of a 1930s Professional Team in East London
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British Baseball and the West Ham Club: History of a 1930s Professional Team in East London

by Josh Chetwynd, Brian A. Belton
 

Few people associate baseball with Great Britain, but for a brief period in the 1930s, America’s pastime nearly gained a foothold with the British populace. Though never as popular as the beloved football clubs, or even greyhound races, baseball teams like the West Ham Hammers developed intense local followings, and played some excellent baseball—in 1936

Overview

Few people associate baseball with Great Britain, but for a brief period in the 1930s, America’s pastime nearly gained a foothold with the British populace. Though never as popular as the beloved football clubs, or even greyhound races, baseball teams like the West Ham Hammers developed intense local followings, and played some excellent baseball—in 1936, the Hammers defeated the U.S. Olympic team. The outbreak of World War II ended the rising popularity of baseball among Britons, but speculation remains that, under different circumstances, British baseball could have flourished.
This book traces the history of baseball as a popular British sport, concentrating on one particularly successful and notable team, the West Ham Hammers. It places the West Ham club within the historical context of 1930s Great Britain, and covers team management, major players (e.g., Roland Gladu, the “Canadian Babe Ruth”), and the fans, many of whom still cling fondly to faded memories of the club and West Ham Stadium. Eight appendices include team rosters, British baseball rules, and year-by-year records from 1890 to 2005.

Editorial Reviews

Baseball in Wartime
at last we have a detailed account of the brief period in British baseball history...excellent
From the Publisher
“at last we have a detailed account of the brief period in British baseball history...excellent”—Baseball in Wartime.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780786425945
Publisher:
McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers
Publication date:
12/15/2006
Pages:
272
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.54(d)

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Meet the Author

Josh Chetwynd is an award winning journalist who has worked as a staff reporter for USA Today and U.S. News & World Report. He also served as co-host of Major League baseball coverage on Five (TV) in the United Kingdom. He currently lives in Denver, Colorado. Brian A. Belton is a senior lecturer at the YMCA George Williams College in London, England. He lives in London.

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