The free to view station called Five screened MLB on Sunday and Wednesday which usually starting at 1 a.m. British Time. It was recently presented by Johnny Gould, a bog standard UK TV presenter and Josh Chetwynd, a retired Great Britain baseball player. The show started on the channel's opening night in 1997, until it became economically unsustainable to show games and it was cancelled for the 2009 season. Incidentally it is the first time since 1997 that the World Series wasn't shown live in the UK. As for 2010, no decision has been made by Five as to whether they will show any MLB games.
The show actually developed a band of hard core followers which helped the number of UK baseball leagues. Have a look at the British Baseball and Softball Federation's website for more details.
I wasn't aware that during the 1930's there was a thriving baseball league through-out the UK and it was only the outbreak of World War Two that ended its rising popularity. There is some speculation that baseball would be as popular as football is now.
Which leads me into the trade I completed recently with Drew from Drew's Cards. I joined the large trading ranks that Drew has developed.
Drew sent these Red Sox cards over 'The Pond';
2008 Allen + Ginter #10 Manny Ramirez mini
2008 Baseball Heroes #33 Carl Yastrzemski blue 055/199
2008 Documentary #4815 Daisuke Matsuzaka
2008 Goudey #HPC-7 Carl Yastrzemski
2008 Masterpieces #13 Curt Schilling
2008 Starquest #SQ-18 Many Ramirez
2008 Topps #TS-13 Manny Ramirez
2008 Topps #AR61 Hideki Okajima
2009 Allen + Ginter #7 John Smoltz
2009 Allen + Ginter #223 Jason Bay mini
2009 Allen + Ginter #303 Rocco Baldelli mini2009 Bowman #43 Justin Masterson
2009 Godwins Champions #3 Jon Lester
2009 Icons #28 Daisuke Matsuzaka
2009 Icons #47 Jason Varitek
2009 O-Pee-Chee #180 Josh Beckett
2009 O-Pee-Chee #AW20 Dustin Pedroia
2009 Starquest #SQ8 David Ortiz black ultra rare
2009 Topps #RH24 Curt Schilling
2009 Topps #RH56 Dustin Pedroia
2009 Topps Heritage #216 Terry Francona
A massive thank you to Drew for this awesome selection of cards. Although there was a great mixture of cards, Drew sent a card from the 2008 UD Documentary set. A set that has thus far alluded me, which would appear odd as there was so many of them.
Glad you liked them!
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