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Part of the History of baseball series.

Baseball, as it is known today, was introduced to the United Kingdom in 1890 by Francis Ley, a Derby man who had discovered the game on a trip to the United States, and Albert Goodwill Spalding an American sporting goods businessman who saw opportunities to expand his business across the Atlantic.

Baseball's peak popularity in Britain was in the years immediately preceding World War II. Baseball teams shared grounds with football clubs (hence Derby County Football Club’s home ground was named the Baseball Ground), and the game was run at a professional standard with up to 10,000 spectators per game.

Today, there are more than 40 baseball teams and 875 adult players, ranging geographically from Cambridge to Liverpool, Southampton to Edinburgh.

There have been numerous league formats and governing bodies since 1890. Beginning in 1987, the British Baseball Federation (BBF) has governed the baseball leagues. Baseball clubs pay annual affiliation fees to be a member of the BBF and play in the BBF Leagues and Junior Leagues. There is also a full Great Britain Baseball Programme which comprises the Great Britain Baseball Academy, junior national teams and Great Britain 'Seniors' Baseball Team.

Since 2000, BaseballSoftballUK (BSUK), the development agency for baseball and softball in the United Kingdom has provided services to the British Baseball Federation (BBF) with the aim of developing and increasing the levels of participation, skill and achievement in UK baseball and softball. This occurs at both junior and adult levels, from school and grassroots through domestic adult clubs up to the Great Britain national teams.

There are currently three tiers in the national game.

The season runs from April until August.


ChampionsEdit

  • 1890 Preston North End F.C.
  • 1892 Middlesbrough F.C.
  • 1893 Thespian London
  • 1894 Thespian London
  • 1895 Derby County Baseball Club
  • 1896 Wallsend - On - Tyne
  • 1897 Derby County Baseball Club
  • 1898 Derby County Baseball Club
  • 1899 Nottingham Forest F.C.
  • 1906 Tottenham Hotspur F.C.
  • 1907 Clapton Orient
  • 1908 Tottenham Hotspur F.C.
  • 1909 Clapton Orient
  • 1910 Brentford
  • 1911 Leyton
  • 1934 Hatfield Liverpool
  • 1935 New London
  • 1936 White City London
  • 1937 Hull
  • 1938 Rochdale Greys
  • 1939 Halifax
  • 1948 Liverpool Robins
  • 1949 Hornsey Red Sox
  • 1950 Burtonwood Bees
  • 1951 Burtonwood Bees
  • 1959 Thames Board Mills
  • 1960 Thames Board Mills
  • 1961 Liverpool Tigers
  • 1962 Liverpool Tigers
  • 1963 East Hull Aces
  • 1964 Hull Aces
  • 1965 Hull Aces
  • 1966 Stetford Saints
  • 1967 Liverpool Yankees
  • 1968 Hull Aces
  • 1969 Watford - Sun Rockets
  • 1970 Hull Royals
  • 1971 Liverpool Tigers
  • 1972 Hull Aces
  • 1973 Burtonwood Yanks
  • 1974 Nottingham Lions
  • 1975 Liverpool Tigers
  • 1976 Liverpool Trojans
  • 1977 Golders Green Sox
  • 1978 Liverpool Trojans
  • 1979 Golders Green Sox
  • 1980 Liverpool Trojans
  • 1981 London Warriors
  • 1982 London Warriors
  • 1983 Cobham Yankees
  • 1984 Croydon Blue Jays
  • 1985 Hull Mets
  • 1986 Cobham Yankees
  • 1987 Cobham Yankees
  • 1988 Cobham Yankees
  • 1989 London Warriors
  • 1990 Enfield Spartans
  • 1991 Enfield Spartans
  • 1992 Leeds City Royals
  • 1993 Humberside Mets
  • 1994 Humberside Mets
  • 1995 Humberside Mets
  • 1996 Menwith Hill Patriots
  • 1997 London Warriors
  • 1998 Menwith Hill Patriots
  • 1999 Brighton Buccaneers
  • 2000 London Warriors
  • 2001 Brighton Buccaneers
  • 2002 Brighton Buccaneers
  • 2003 Windsor Bears
  • 2004 Croydon Pirates
  • 2005 Croydon Pirates
  • 2006 Richmond Flames

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