What’s In A Name? The Curious History of Archaic British Baseball

As Britain prepared itself for the arrival of the Spalding funded 1889 Chicago White Stockings tour, bemused readers of the newspaper articles covering the efforts were quick to point out that baseball was not just British, but that we were rather good at it. Angels in the UK Editor Matt Thomas, writes on the fascinatingContinue reading “What’s In A Name? The Curious History of Archaic British Baseball”

A British Angel

“I honestly had no idea it was possible… I’m not really sure how [Great Britain] found out, but a coach contacted me in the middle of summer and asked if he could pass my information along to the Great Britain coach and asked if I was interested in playing, and I said, ‘Yeah, sure, that’dContinue reading “A British Angel”

Three Out of Four? Ain’t Bad!

“You don’t give rings to nine guys, you give rings to twenty-five guys.” Angels in the UK Editor Matt Thomas, writes on the illustrious heritage of our Angels. Born in New York, in 1968, Clay Bellinger boasts of three World Series wins, despite only playing for four years at the pinnacle of Major League Baseball.Continue reading “Three Out of Four? Ain’t Bad!”

Sal Fasano, The Man Who Refused to Walk Away

“It’s hard for me to justify what those guys did when I’ve had to work twice as hard as they did just to get a job.” Angels in the UK Editor Matt Thomas, writes on the illustrious heritage of our Angels. Sal Fasano, born in 1971 in Chicago, Illinois was aged nine when he beggedContinue reading “Sal Fasano, The Man Who Refused to Walk Away”

The Forgotten Age of Northern English Professional Baseball

The small trophy in our possession clearly hints at a past glory, a time of professionalism for our sport that has long since passed and the likes we are almost certain to never see again on these shores. Angels in the UK Editor Matt Thomas, writes on the fascinating heritage of British baseball. In JuneContinue reading “The Forgotten Age of Northern English Professional Baseball”

Fritz Brickell, the Little Rabbit

“Brickell bounds around like a little rabbit, grabbing everything in sight and getting the ball away with amazing speed.” Angels in the UK Editor Matt Thomas, writes on the illustrious heritage of our Angels. At just 5ft 5in or thereabouts, Fritz Brickell was a player who was short in height, played short stop, was onlyContinue reading “Fritz Brickell, the Little Rabbit”

Twice an Angel, ‘Stout’ Steve Bilko

Bobby Grich recalled his days as a young fan of the Pacific Coast League Angels and said that Bilko “was our Babe Ruth, Mickey Mantle, Ted Williams all rolled into one.” Angels in the UK Editor Matt Thomas, writes on the illustrious heritage of our Angels. A native of Nanticoke, Pennsylvania ‘Stout’ Steve Bilko wasContinue reading “Twice an Angel, ‘Stout’ Steve Bilko”

Ken Hunt – Strongest Arm in the Majors?

Left unprotected by the Yankees Hunt found himself available for the expansion draft and, whilst working for a Minnesota radio station as a newsreader, he read that he had been selected by the Angels for the 1961 season. Angels in the UK Editor Matt Thomas, writes on the illustrious heritage of our Angels. Cited byContinue reading “Ken Hunt – Strongest Arm in the Majors?”

Albie Pearson, A Little Angel

“Dear Mr. Haney,” the letter read, “I know you’re forming a new ball club and I can be had for peanuts… Angels in the UK Editor Matt Thomas, writes on the illustrious heritage of our Angels. At just 5ft5” or thereabouts, the diminutive native of Alhambra, California, was often reported to be the shortest professionalContinue reading “Albie Pearson, A Little Angel”

Ty Buttrey, A Brave Decision

The decision of Halos reliever Buttrey to walk away from baseball tonight reminds me, as a Sheffield Wednesday fan, of a similar decision by an Owls footballer… And if the parallels continue… Buttrey will not be back as a player any time soon. Angels in the UK Editor Matt Thomas, writes a View Over theContinue reading “Ty Buttrey, A Brave Decision”