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Everton – The Baseball Years

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In fact a baseball team existed in Everton as early as the first decade of the 20th century.

On 18th May 1944, the Everton FC Baseball Club - coached by Kelly - played its inaugural game against Rootes in Speke.

The Everton Chairman during the Second World War, Bill Giddins, was also keen on baseball.

Perhaps inspired by this, John Moores, the Littlewoods entrepreneur and future Everton chairman, , launched a crusade (costing £1 million at today’s prices) to embed baseball as a spectator sport on these shores.

Recently Ted Bulmer shared some keepsakes with EFC Heritage Society that his great uncle George Barrett had from playing for Everton Baseball Club as well as Formby Cardinals and Patricroft.

Also, Joe Stephens got in touch about his namesake grandfather, who played Baseball either side of the war, including for Everton.

Baseball may be a minority sport in the UK but 80 years ago Merseyside was a hotbed of this popular American pastime.
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