"If all this causes a raising of the eyebrows, further incredulity may be occasioned by the fact that in August 1937, a crowd of more than 11,000 watched a national baseball cup final at Craven Park rugby ground, Hull, between Hull and Romford Wasps and showed such unbounded enthusiasm at Hull's 5-1 victory that they broke down the barriers and invaded the pitch."
Before World War II, professional baseball was played in Hull, Romford, London and the Midlands, Macklin reported, but only the amateur game is played now. The chief force behind it is Don Smallwood, general secretary of the British Amateur Baseball and Softball Federation. Many Britons regard baseball with "caustic cynicism" because of its similarity to the children's game of rounders, but Smallwood argues that "it's a fast, tough, exciting and very masculine form of rounders. The ball is hard, and the outside stitching can cause some nasty cuts."