Swinging Away: How Cricket and Baseball Connect
Five minute slideshow with audio from the BBC of historical images to coincide with an exhibition at Lords
on the linked histories of the two bat and ball sports.
The Guardian is knocked for six by American sport references in British media
Creeping cultural imperialism? The effect of internet media from foreign news outlets? Or just Guardian handwringing about something no one else notices? Is British media alone in this trend?
Do you like baseball
? Or do you prefer cricket
? Luke Whittaker
has designed a browser-game for each.
is the medieval ancestor of cricket and baseball. First mentioned in print in 1671, it was reputedly played by milkmaids, who used their bare hands as bats. The game is still played today in some parts of south-east England, but luckily with frying pan-shaped contraptions
instead. An important rule is that not following the spirit of the game
will get you sent off the pitch.
Here are some pictures of games in progress
, along with other medieval bat-and-ball games such as Nipsy and Knur & Spell. Or, if you don't like ball games, try another medieval sport, dwile flonking
(play online in flash