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1974



EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIP QUALIFYING GAME VERSUS SWEDEN in SWEDEN


More than 10 years before the advent of the second-tier (or B-Pool) European Championship, the Confederation of European Baseball set up a single-game qualifier for the A-Pool tournament. The game was originally to be played in Leksand, northern Sweden, but the cost of the trip would have been prohibitive for Great Britain, so the match was instead played in Stockholm. (The Confederation wanted the teams to battle in a three-game series, but in order to lower the costs and the time that players would have to commit, the sides agreed to a single contest.) To raise money for the necessary accommodation, ferry trips, and train rides (the one-game trip cost £54 per player in 1974 money), teams in Hull staged sponsored walks, according to the team's manager Clive Megson. ALAN ASQUITH got the pitching start, a decision that was described as 'a gamble' in the August 1974 issue of the publication 'Baseball Mercury'. The reason: ASQUITH, who 'for years [was] the country's leading pitcher, had given up pitching' because 'his arm was troubling him.' In the end, ASQUITH could not contain Sweden, who took control of the game in the middle innings.

Results
SWEDEN (L 9-1)

Known roster members
George ACKRILL; Alan ASQUITH; Bill CASEY; William CORNFORTH; Peter DARNELL; Michael HARROLD; Bob IMMS; Michael LANGTON; Brian MARSHALL; Keith MARSHALL; Tony MEE; Charles TREVOR; J WILTSHIRE