Friday, November 27, 2015

Last man up ...

We’re ending this blog today after several years. We invite you to read our new blog at the Anglo-AmericanBaseball Project website. That’s where we’ll keep you informed about our plans to recreate the great World War One “baseball match” in England on the Fourth of July, 2018.

Thank you for following us here!

Friday, October 23, 2015

New AABP site . . .

We’ve just launched the new AABP website. Please visit us here! You’ll learn more about the mission of the organization and the history of the King’s Game that we plan to recreate in 2018.
We’ll soon add a blog component to the new AABP site. That means we’ll phase out this blog, which has gone through several changes over the years. We think you’ll agree that it’s best to have everything in one central location. Meanwhile, we welcome your suggestions for the new site.

Saturday, September 26, 2015

The new AABP . . .

We’re happy to announce the Anglo-American Baseball Project (AABP), a nonprofit organization launched by author Jim Leeke and his wife, Jane Clark. The mission of the AABP is to recreate the Nine Innings for the King game somewhere in England on the Fourth of July, 2018.
Rather than two American teams as in 1918, this time we’ll have one team from the US and the other from the UK. Proceeds will go to veterans groups in both countries. Watch for more information coming soon, including how you can help make the game possible.

Whether it’s a small gathering on a village green or a huge event at Stamford Bridge ... we will play ball!

Saturday, September 5, 2015

A rave review . . .

Our thanks to Paul Langendorfer for his wonderful review in SABR’s The Inside Game:
“In his splendid new narrative … Jim Leeke brings alive for the modern reader the baseball game that took place on this day between the U.S. Army and the U.S. Navy. … The description of the game, part sports column, part biography of the players, is fantastic. 
“When exploring works on wartime baseball, we come across many that speak of World War II or the evolution of the game leading up to and after the Civil War. Never, though, has a shelf been graced with a book on such a unique game during World War I in London. This is great narrative of a forgotten game brought back to life almost a hundred years later.”

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

An earlier book . . .

The wonderful new History Author Show interviewed author Jim Leeke about his ebook Matty Boy, a Civil War novel for kids. Interviewer Amanda Read and host Dean Karayanis also mentioned Nine Innings for the King, which will be the subject of a future episode.
Listen to the History Author Show every week on iHeartRadio, iTunes and other audio services, and also on the website. You can hear the Matty Boy interview here.

Thursday, August 20, 2015

Thanks, Book Loft . . .

Our thanks to the Book Loft in Columbus, Ohio, for hosting author Jim Leeke’s appearance and signing on August 9. Jim spoke in the courtyard about researching and writing Nine Innings for the King and about the history of the wartime “baseball match” itself.

We’ll keep you posted on other news and book events. Come back soon!

Tuesday, August 4, 2015

History Author Show . . .

Thanks to Dean Karayanis and Stephen Bedford for mentioning Nine Innings for the King on the pilot episode of the History Author Show! Listen to a short clip from author Jim Leeke at the 49:45 mark of the streaming audio. 
We’ll let you know when Dean’s complete interview with Jim is scheduled to run. Meanwhile, check out the many great history books Dean and Stephen mention in this first wide-ranging episode.

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Author event ...

Join author Jim Leeke for a talk at 1:00 p.m. Sunday, August 9, at the Book Loft in the German Village neighborhood of Columbus, Ohio. Jim also will be signing copies of Nine Innings for the King
Learn all about King George V and the WWI “baseball match” between US Army and US Navy at Stamford Bridge, Chelsea. See you there!

Sunday, May 31, 2015

Hear the interview . . .

Hear author Jim Leeke’s recent interview about Nine Innings for the King on After the Score. He spoke with host Thomas Bradley on WOSU (89.7) about the historic July 4 baseball game in wartime London. Attending that game were King George, Queen Mary, several other members of the royal family, and various nobles, officers and VIPs—including Winston Churchill!
Learn about several of the army and navy players in the game, and how the Anglo-American Baseball League laid out the diamond on the pitch at Stamford Bridge, still home of the Chelsea FC.
To listen now, click here. Jim’s segment starts at the 12:45 mark.

Thursday, May 28, 2015

Tune in Friday . . .

Author Jim Leeke talks with host Thomas Bradley about Nine Innings for the King on After the Score, 6:30PM EDT Friday, May 29, and 6:00AM Saturday, May 30. Listen to the broadcast or podcast from WOSU, 89.7 FM, on National Public Radio.
Jim discusses the history behind the July 4 “baseball match” in London, the famous British football (soccer) stadium where they laid out the diamond, and the major- and minor-league players who took the field. 
Don’t miss it!