EXTERNALLY PUBLISHED
Project COBB books
Project COBB articles
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ONLINE PROJECTS
British Baseball Data
Stretford Saints vault
Mick Harrop's notes
Leicester Green Sox scrapbook
"Baseball Days"
Old research
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MISCELLANEOUS
Other in-print books
Out-of-print books
Other articles

Content © 2008–2017

EXTERNALLY PUBLISHED

Project COBB books

This section contains details of published books produced as part of Project COBB.

FRONT COVER DETAILS
Nine Aces and a Joker: Defining seasons from British baseball's standout pitchers
Editor: Joe Gray

Year: 2012

Publisher: Fineleaf Editions

Pages: 140

ISBN: 9781907741005

Description (from publisher)
Leading baseball writers describe the sport's history in
Britain, focusing on standout pitchers' defining seasons.

Download free PDF version (9.2mb)

Online supplementary material

What about the Villa?: Forgotten figures from Britain's pro baseball league of 1890
Author: Joe Gray

Year: 2010

Publisher: Fineleaf Editions

Pages: 216

ISBN: 9781907741005

Description (from blurb)
The book focuses on Britain's pro baseball league of 1890. It starts
with an exploration of the background to the circuit's formation. Next comes a
thorough game-by-game account of the 1890 season, which includes box scores
for almost all of the contests. Finally, the league's legacy is examined.

Download free PDF version (19.4mb)

Adapted chapter ("Bringing baseball to Britain")


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Project COBB articles

This section contains links to articles published as part of Project COBB.

PUBLICATION DETAILS LINK
How Hull won the cup in 1937
Here, Colin Allan provides an account of Hull's path to victory in
the 1937 National Baseball Association Challenge Cup competition.
Click here
Classic post-war finals in British baseball
This subject has been covered in an article that draws together game reports
and other details for a number of classic finals played since World War II.
Click here
Albert King – A 1930s speedway fan turned baseball follower
In this article, Josh Chetwynd tells the story of how a speedway fan named Albert
King came to follow West Ham in the London Major Baseball League (1930s).
Click here
The London Twilight Baseball League of 1976
This article looks 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.
Click here
An All-Star team of Major Leaguers who have played in Great Britain
In this article, Josh Chetwynd presents an All-Star team of Major League
players who, at some point, competed in a baseball game in the United Kingdom.
Click here

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ONLINE PROJECTS

British Baseball Data

Most of Mark Tobin's research into post-World War II domestic standings and results has been incorporated into the archives
section of the Project COBB website. Not handled that way are projects on the
Knockout Cup and on British clubs in Europe.

The Stretford Saints vault

This collection of materials relating to the Stretford Saints (1947–1973) was digitized by Dave Allen using materials provided by
Harold Booth and George Livsley. To access the research
click here.

Mick Harrop's notes

Mick Harrop's research into results and league standings from different years of northern English baseball can be accessed below.

1935 | 1936 | 1937 | 1938 | 1939

His diplay boards presented at Oldham Local Studies in 2012 on the town's baseball history can be accessed below.

Board 1 | Board 2 | Board 3 | Board 4 | Board 5 | Board 6 | Board 7 | Board 8

Leicester Green Sox scrapbook

John Varnam has chronicled the history of the Leicester Green Sox (1954–64), primarily via cuttings and other memorabilia.
A PDF version of John's work can be accessed by
clicking here.

"Baseball Days"

Dean Whiting's father Barry Whiting and Barry's brother Maurice Whiting played baseball for various teams in the London area
during the 1950s and 1960s. Dean has digitized photos and newspaper clippings from the family collection and supplemented
this with press cuttings from research he conducted into the 1949–1951 period of the West London Pioneers. A PDF created
for Project COBB by Dean, from his collection, can be downloaded by
clicking here.

Old research

Pre-Project COBB research items made available here are
Will Cosgrave's list of BBF champion teams from 1981 to 1995 and William Morgan's map of British baseball in 1992 with a brief history back to 1874.

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MISCELLANEOUS

Other in-print books

This section contains a list of in-print books not published as part of Project COBB that have either focused on baseball in Britain
or covered it within a broader topic. If you know of a book that is missing from the list, please send an email to the address at
the top of the page or use the contact form that can be opened by
clicking here.


FRONT COVER DETAILS
British Baseball and the West Ham Club: History of a 1930s Professional Team in East London
Authors: Josh Chetwynd and Brian A Belton

Year: 2007

Publisher: McFarland

Pages: 272

ISBN: 9780786425945

Description (from publisher)
This book traces the history of baseball as a popular British
sport concentrating on one particularly successful and
notable team, the West Ham Hammers.

The Blokes of Summer
Author: Harvey Sahker

Year: 2011

Publisher: Free Lance Writing Associates

Pages: 324

ISBN: 9780980920918

Description (from publisher)
Baseball in Britain has been played at greyhound tracks and rugby stadiums
and former international airports, by soccer players and hockey players
and missionaries and professional entertainers – and computer
programmers. Together, they are the Blokes of Summer.
Baseball in Europe: A Country by Country History
Author: Josh Chetwynd

Year: 2008

Publisher: McFarland

Pages: 272

ISBN: 9780786437245

Description (from publisher)
Organized by country, this heavily researched book delves into the
history of baseball in 40 nations, describing not only the efforts
to spread the game but also the culture of baseball unique to Europe.

Swinging Away: How Cricket and Baseball Connect
Author: Beth Hise

Year: 2010

Publisher: Scala

Pages: 192

ISBN: 9781857596441

Description (by Project COBB)
This comparison of baseball and cricket, which contains many
images from an associated exhibition that the author curated,
devotes a dozen pages to Britain's domestic baseball history.

Baseball Fiends and Flying Machines: The Many Lives and Outrageous Times of George and Alfred Lawson
Author: Jerry Kuntz

Year: 2009

Publisher: McFarland

Pages: 238

ISBN: 9780786443758

Description (by publisher)
It's hard to imagine a wilder pair of brothers than Alfred and George Lawson.
Best known as early promoters of professional baseball, they were intense rivals
whose shared narcissism led them from one grand scheme to another, both in and
away from the game, generating headlines as they went. Alfred had a long career
as a player, manager, and minor league organizer before gaining notoriety as
a utopian novelist, philosopher, economic reformer, cult leader, and early
aviation promoter. George was a soldier, vaudeville troupe manager, performing
hypnotist, medical quack, evangelist, and anti-KKK crusader who sought to
break baseball's color line by founding integrated leagues.

Note (by Project COBB)
Contains fascinating coverage of 1890s British baseball.

Spalding's World Tour: The Epic Adventure that Took Baseball Around the Globe - And Made It America's Game
Author: Mark Lamster

Year: 2006

Publisher: PublicAffairs

Pages: 368

ISBN: 9781586483111

Description (by Project COBB)
This thorough and very readable history of Spalding's World Tour
includes a section dedicated to the British leg of the trip.

The Tour to End All Tours: The Story of Major League Baseball's 1913-1914 World Tour
Author: James E Elfers

Year: 2003

Publisher: University of Nebraska Press

Pages: 336

ISBN: 9780803267480

Description (by Project COBB)
This definitive account of Major League Baseball's 1913–14 World Tour
has a final chapter devoted to the British stop on the journey.

Nine Innings for the King: The Day Wartime London Stopped for Baseball, July 4, 1918
Author: Jim Leeke

Year: 2003

Publisher: McFarland

Pages: 216

ISBN: 9780786478705

Description (by publisher)
As well as telling the story of the game mentioned in the title, the author provides a brief history of the Anglo-American Baseball League and armed forces baseball played in England, France and the United States during the Great War.

When Baseball Went to War
Editors: Todd Anton and Bill Nowlin

Year: 2008

Publisher: Triumph Books

Pages: 256

ISBN: 9781600781261

Description (by Project COBB)
This book includes writing on baseball in Britain during
World War II, with a chapter by Gary Bedingfield entitled
"The 1943 All-Pro Game in England".

Growing the Game: The Globalization of Major League Baseball
Author: Alan M Klein

Year: 2008

Publisher: Yale University Press

Pages: 288

ISBN: 9780300136395

Description (by Project COBB)
In exploring the globalization of baseball, Klein dedicates
several pages to the development of the game in Britain.


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Out-of-print books

This section contains a list of out-of-print books that have either focused on baseball in Britain or covered it within
a broader topic. If you know of a book that is missing from the list, please send an email to the address at
the top of the page or use the contact form that can be opened by
clicking here.


FRONT COVER DETAILS
Strike Four: Adventures in European Baseball
Author: Jeff Archer

Year: 1995

Publisher: White-Boucke

Pages: 234

ISBN: 9780962500671

Description (from the preface)
From the cow pastures of England to the magnificently manicured
baseball fields of Holland, [this] is a wonderful description
of how the game is interpreted in other countries.

Baseball for British Youth: Sidelights on the game and how to play it
Author: Eric Whitehead

Year: 1939

Publisher: Link House

Pages: 116

ISBN:

Description (by Project COBB)
This book provides information on the association football
and baseball scene in north-east England in the 1890s.
Baseball - in the
Author: RG Knowles and Richard Morton

Year: 1896

Publisher: George Routledge & Sons

Pages: 132

ISBN:

Description (by Project COBB)
This book contains many details on basebal in the
early 1890s, particularly in the London area.
Baseball
Author: Newton Crane

Year: 1891

Publisher: G Bell & Sons

Pages: 103

ISBN:

Description (by Project COBB)
The first known British baseball book, this provides an
overview of many aspects of the game, with a British angle.
Lost for a Hundred Years
Author: Bernard Day

Year: 1996

Publisher: Self-published

Pages: 216

ISBN: 9780952888703

Description (by Project COBB)
This book provides information on the association football
and baseball scene in north-east England in the 1890s.
Mormon Missionaries Who Played Sports in England
Author: Cliff Bagley

Year: 2006/7

Publisher: LDS Books

Pages: 72

ISBN:

Description (by Project COBB)
Written by a Mormon missionary who played for the Rochdale Greys
in the 1930s, this book supplements the author's memories with
22 pages of press cuttings on British baseball in 1937 and 1938.

Baseball in World War II Europe
Author: Gary Bedingfield

Year: 2000

Publisher: Arcadia Publishing

Pages: 160

ISBN: 9780738503219

Description (by Project COBB)
This book contains a wonderful series of images of World
War II baseball games in the UK and wider theatre of war.

Around Chipping Norton in Old Photographs
Author: Chipping Norton Local History Society

Year: 1989

Publisher: Sutton Publishing

Pages: 160

ISBN: 9780862994570

Description (by Project COBB)
This book features a number of British baseball photos, with
descriptions, from Chipping Norton's history of the game.

Around Chipping Norton in Old Photographs: A Second Selection
Author: Chipping Norton Local History Society

Year: 1989

Publisher: Sutton Publishing

Pages: 160

ISBN: 9780862996574

Description (by Project COBB)
This book contains another set of photos (smaller than in the
first book) from Chipping Norton, with British Baseball Hall
of Famer Fred Lewis appearing as the book's cover image.

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Other articles

This section contains a list of articles not published as part of Project COBB that have either focused on baseball in Britain or
covered it within a broader topic. If you know of an article that is missing from the list, please send an email to the address at
the top of the page or use the contact form that can be opened by
clicking here.

AUTHOR TITLE
PUBLICATION
LINK
Josh Chetwynd Baseball's battle for respect in the land of cricket, rugby, and soccer
Baseball without Borders: the International Pastime (book)
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Daniel Bloyce A very peculiar practice: the London Baseball League, 1906–1911
NINE: A Journal of Baseball History and Culture (journal)
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Daniel Bloyce "Just not cricket": baseball in England, 1874–1900
International Journal of the History of Sport (journal)
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Daniel Bloyce "Glorious rounders": the American baseball invasion of England
in two World Wars — unappealing American exceptionalism
International Journal of the History of Sport (journal)
Click here
Daniel Bloyce John Moores and the "professional" baseball leagues in 1930s England
Sport in History (journal)
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Daniel Bloyce "That's your way of playing rounders, isn't it"?
Sporting Traditions (journal)
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Daniel Bloyce and Patrick Murphy Baseball in England: a case of prolonged cultural resistance
Journal of Historical Sociology (journal)
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Ian Smyth The development of baseball in Northern England, 1935–39
International Journal of the History of Sport (journal)
Click here
Ian Smyth Baseball put to the Test
Baseball Research Journal (journal)
Click here

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