Baseball and Cricket

20 05 2010

Cricket Match in Toronto, 1 August 1914. Source: City of Toronto Archives

Baseball orginated in the British Isles. Cricket was popular in the United States in the 19th century. Yet today, baseball is the national pastime in the United States and cricket is regarded by most North Americans as a British sport. Baseball has died out in the UK. Why is this the case? Sports historians have debated this issue for years. Now, a new exhibition at Lord’s cricket grounds in London is tackling the issue. The online version of the ‘Swinging Away: How Cricket and Baseball Connect’ exhibit includes an audio slideshow.

To listen to a short radio interview about this exhibit, click here.