MLB.com has produced a new documentary exploring baseball’s roots that will be of particular interest to British fans.Â Base Ball Discovered provides:
“an exploration into the many generational theories about the beginnings of baseball both stateside and across the ocean, to learn firsthand about our national pastime’s ancestors: England’s bat-and-ball games. The film will bring fans of all ages closer to ‘home’ through a detailed look at the game’s roots… and even provide an unexpected and historical discovery along the way”.
The documentary was first broadcast on the MLB Network on Sunday.Â Although the film is not available in full online, there is an excellent mini-site that offers excerpts and bonus clips alongside general information about the project.Â It’s fascinating to see how English bat-and-ball games may have influenced the sport enjoyed by millions around the world today.Â
There is no news yet as to whether the full documentary will eventually find a home online or if it will be broadcast anywhere in the UK.Â No doubt I’m not alone in hoping that it is made available to us in the future.Â If we hear any news, we will let you know.
Meanwhile, you may be interested in a blog postÂ I have writtenÂ about the documentary on the blogging network at MLB.com.