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Players who were born here

England is one of the four constituent nations of the United Kingdom and is located on Great Britain off the coast of Europe.

Major leaguers born in England had a big impact on the early game of baseball in the United States, but after 1920 English-born players became much more rare. Baseball pioneers Harry Wright and Al Reach were born in England, as was Henry Chadwick who was instrumental in laying down the game's early rules and publicizing it as the "national pastime".

[edit] Further Reading

  • Josh Chetwynd and Brian A. Belton: British Baseball and the West Ham Club: History of a 1930s Professional Team in East London, McFarland, Jefferson, NC, 2007.
  • Andrew Weltch: "British Baseball: How a curious version of the game survives in parts of England and Wales", in The National Pastime, SABR, Volume 28 (2008), pp. 30-34.
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