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Why don’t we play Baseball in the UK? An afternoon with the Bracknell Inferno

With Major League Baseball Spring Training just around the corner, it isn’t long before America’s Game returns to our screens for the summer months.

Whilst the sport’s history means that it is completely synonymous with the States in a way that American Football and Basketball perhaps aren’t, Baseball is yet to make any significant inroads into the UK mainstream.

In spite of this, organised Baseball has been played by the UK for over 100 years, and the sport is starting to make murmurs on these shores.

Joe Leavey went along to a Baseball taster session with English club Bracknell Inferno to find out a little bit more about the sport in the country, and to ask why it hasn’t captured the attention of the masses just yet.

Joe Leavey
Having been raised in Oxfordshire and taught to appreciate all things sporting from a young age, Joe’s prowess on the field never quite matched his voracious appetite for consuming as much sport as possible off it. Joe is a 22-year-old recent graduate of the University of Birmingham, where he completed his undergraduate degree in English Literature & American Studies. Always a far more adept viewer than participant, although not for a lack of trying, Joe became heavily involved in student radio whilst at Birmingham. He served as Deputy Head of Sport, hosting regular shows on various topics and recording weekly commentaries on University sport as well as writing for the station website. A long time fan of Arsenal, Joe has been going to the Emirates for nearly 10 years, whilst a year of studying in America helped to cement an interest in Baseball and the Chicago Cubs. Work experience at ITV, where he wrote a piece for the website, Seven League and Aser Media among others has helped Joe to gain a greater contextual understanding of the industry as a whole, and he is now studying for an MA in Sports Journalism at St Mary’s.
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