Baseball appears to be receiving more and more coverage on British TV and Radio over the last few years. This Saturday (7 March) at 10:30am Radio 4 will do a special feature on baseball entitled “Baseball and Me”.
Simon Schama, who has lived in the United States for 30 years, explores his love of baseball.
He first walked into a ballpark in the early 1980s. From the moment he saw the floodlit green of the Fenway Park turf and the theatrical attire of the Boston Red Sox he was smitten. Before then, cricket had been his sport, but all too quickly wickets became bases and bowlers became pitchers.
Simon fell in love with baseball – its statistics, language, characters and history. Now he seeks to explain why he, and the United States, are so infatuated with a game that the British so often dismiss.
Simon gains behind-the-scenes access to his adopted team, the Boston Red Sox. The lockeroom, the scoreboard operator and, most importantly, the man who sells the famous Fenway Frank hotdog are all players in a pageant that holds a nation in its thrall.
Catch the show live at 10:30am on Radio 4 or later on the BBC Radio Player