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Dr Daniel Bloyce is an expert on the globalisation of baseball and has written several peer review articles on attempts made to establish baseball in the UK, dating back to 1874.

Dr Bloyce is the only UK-based academic to be a panel member at the event ‘Take me out to the ball game: baseball and American culture’, which takes place at the British Library on Friday, June 28. The event is taking place ahead of the history-making London Major League Baseball series between two of the sport’s ‘titans’, the Boston Red Sox and the New York Yankees, who will play at the London Stadium on the weekend of June 29 and 30.

The panel at the British Library will be chaired by the writer and journalist, Matthew Engel. The former editor of the Wisden Cricketers’ Almanack (as well as being a staff journalist at The Guardian for nearly 25 years), Matthew has written of losing his passion for cricket in favour of baseball, a game of ‘tactical profundity collapsed into three hours’.

Dr Bloyce, who is Deputy Head of the Department of Sport and Exercise Sciences, said: “I was both surprised and delighted to receive the invitation to talk at this prestigious event. I spent many research hours at the British Library’s ‘newspaper library’ collection in Colindale as part of my research for my PhD on the globalisation of baseball 20 years ago, so it seems I have come full circle to be back there at this event, which I am very much looking forward to!”

More about the British Library event can be found on the British Library's website.

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