Major League Baseball played a two-game series in London on June 29-30, 2019. The games featured the New York Yankees and Boston Red Sox and were the first regular season major league games ever to be played in Europe. The London Olympic Stadium, erected for the 2012 Olympic Games, was the venue selected for the event, as the presence of a 400-foot running track made the field large enough to be adapted to a baseball configuration, contrary to other stadiums built specifically for soccer, liker the mythic Wembley Stadium. The experience was scheduled to be repeated on June 13-14, 2020, with the Chicago Cubs and St. Louis Cardinals crossing the big pond, but the series was canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic.
People born here
- Peter Arthur, minor league pitcher
- Alan Bloomfield, Great Britain national team player
- Liam Carroll, Great Britain national team infielder
- Josh Chetwynd, minor league catcher
- Bobby Clack, outfielder
- Darren Heath, minor league outfielder
- Paul Kirkpatrick, Great Britain national team pitcher
- Al Lawson, pitcher
- Charlie Puckett, Australian Hall of Fame player
- Al Reach, outfielder and manager
- Chris Reed, pitcher
- Abe Saperstein, Negro League owner
- Will Savage, minor league infielder
- Klondike Smith, outfielder
- Tom Stack-Babich, minor league outfielder
- Sam Wiley, minor league catcher
People who died here
- 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.
- Bryan Hoch: "Yanks, Red Sox will take rivalry to London in '19: MLB's first regular-season game in Europe will take place next June 29-30", mlb.com, May 8, 2018. 
- Jim Leeke: Nine Innings for the King: The Day Wartime London Stopped for Baseball, July 4, 1918, McFarland, Jefferson, NC, 2015. ISBN 978-0-7864-7870-5
- Jon Paul Morosi: "Baseball returns to its origins in London Series: Red Sox-Yankees rivalry travels overseas for first regular-season games in Europe", mlb.com, June 23, 2019. 
- Bob Nightengale: "The games were ridiculous, but MLB's London Series was a huge success", USA Today, June 30, 2019.