Bowie Kuhn once regarded Dutch turf better as the grass in MLB stadiums

I bumped into this English baseball newsletter created in 1973. It was tweeted by @ExtrainningsUK. It is nice to see how people from abroad are writing about the Netherlands. In this newsletter, it is written that former MLB commissioner Bowie Kuhn visited the Netherlands during the 1973 European Championship and regarded the Dutch turf better …

Ballparks around the World: Pim Mulier Stadium

In this episode of Ballparks around the World, we pay attention to the oldest baseball stadium in the Netherlands: the Pim Mulier Stadium. After the city of Haarlem organized the first baseball week in 1961, it was clear that a bigger venture was needed. So the city of Haarlem started to make plans for a …

How to get the Dutch Hoofdklasse back on track?

Baseball is losing ground. Not only in the USA but also in the Netherlands. Less fans that head to the ballparks. Less people that play the game. Thirty years ago, some Hoofdklasse games drew around 800 - 1,000 fans per game easily. Nowadays clubs are happy if there are 100-200 fans in the stands. What needs to be …

Summing up the Dutchies per MLB organization: New York Yankees

I have been looking forward to do this one. Not only because it is about my favorite team but most of all because it is about my favorite  player on that team by far. Today in "Summing up the Dutchies per MLB organization":       Number of Dutchies: 1 Didi Gregorius: Didi Gregorius has the very same …

History of Dutch baseball: 1980 – 2000

The eighties and nineties will be bad decades for many baseball clubs. In 1986, Charles Urbanus jr. decided that it would be his last season. In the long run (2 years) this was a huge blow for his club, Amstel Tijgers. Urbanus was a magnet for players. It was an honour to play with him. …

History of Dutch baseball: 1960-1980

Like said before until 1963 baseball was dominated by teams from Amsterdam and Haarlem. But in 1963 out of nowhere Sparta from Rotterdam became Dutch champion. From 1963 to 1974 the club clinched nine national titles, a record only to be improved in 1985 by Haarlem Nicols and later by DOOR Neptunus from Rotterdam. Haarlem …

Baseball in the Netherlands: Not always a story about heroics

The baseball world knows the story of how Dutch baseball is doing internationally. All the players from the Netherlands Antilles and from the European mainland are well known. But what the world doesn't know is the hard times that some clubs have. Through the years, I have seen clubs disappear: - Amstel Tijgers, three time  …

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