The American Baseball Players tour of the British Isles, 1874
K Martin Tebay
Foreword by Mark Leopard
Published 29 June 2019 by Red Rose Books
Original A5 blue card wrappers.
(iv) + 32 pages, illustrated.
Limited edition of 100 copies, signed and numbered by Martin Tebay
This latest Red Rose Books publication recalls a brief, long-forgotten tour of the British Isles in 1874 by Boston Red Stockings and Athletics of Philadelphia baseball players. The visit was the idea of the Sheffield born Red Stockings manager and player William Henry Wright (pictured), more familiarly known as Harry, who wished to promote the game of baseball in his native country. The tourists played “odds” cricket matches and baseball games at Lord’s, Kennington Oval, Bramall Lane, and Old Trafford, before ending their tour in Dublin against XII of All-Ireland. The booklet principally features the two-day cricket match at Old Trafford on 20, 21 August between a Manchester Cricket Club and Ground XI and XVIII American Baseball Players. An exhibition game of baseball also took place, which saw six cricketers from the Manchester club take to the baseball diamond, including Rossall educated EB Rowley, Fred Reynolds, Harry Thornber, and Alec Watson. It is published to coincide with the visit of the famed New York Yankees and Boston Red Sox baseball clubs to play two regular season Major League Baseball games at London Stadium on 29, 30 June 2019.
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