New Website to Watch

5 12 2014

North American business and sport historian J. Andrew Ross has launched a new website. The image above is of his forthcoming book, which is published by Syracuse University Press.

The website discusses Dr Ross’s current academic research. He is working on a number of projects including a study using historical census data, a historical analysis of the life insurance industry, and an anthropometric history of hockey players. (See image below).

Dr Ross, who is based at the University of Guelph, also advises private-sector clients on historical issues.

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.