1938 Amateur World Series

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1938 Amateur World Series
Tournament details
Host country  Great Britain
Dates 13–20 August
Teams (from 2 continents)
Venues (in 5 host cities)
Final positions
Gold medal world centered.svg
 Great Britain (1st title)
Silver medal world centered.svg
 United States
Tournament statistics
Games played 5

The 1938 Amateur World Series was the inaugural tournament in what was later known as the Baseball World Cup. It was contested by Great Britain and the United States over a series of five games from August 13 through August 18 in England. It was won by Great Britain.

In contrast to later years, the USA national squad was not composed of minor league players, who are by definition not amateurs. Rather, it consisted mainly of high school and college students preparing to compete in the 1940 Olympics (which eventually never actually occurred due to the Second World War). The team's the manager was Les Mann. The British team was chosen from the London and Yorkshire Major Leagues and included a large number of Canadian-born players.



Map of England
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1938 Amateur World Series (England)
City Stadium
Location dot red.svg Liverpool Wavertree Stadium
Location dot green.svg Kingston upon Hull Old Craven Park
Location dot blue.svg Rochdale Spotland Stadium
Location dot orange.svg Halifax The Shay
Location dot purple.svg Leeds Headingley Stadium


1938 Amateur World Series
Champion Runners-Up

United Kingdom
1st award

United States
1st award

Final standings[edit]

Pos. Team W L RS RA
Gold medal.svg 1  Great Britain 4 1 20 14
Silver medal.svg 2  United States 1 4 14 20

Game log[edit]

August 13, 1938 Great Britain  3 – 0  United States Wavertree Stadium, Liverpool
August 15, 1938 Great Britain  8 – 6  United States Kingston upon Hull
August 17, 1938 Great Britain  0 – 5  United States Spotland Stadium, Rochdale
August 19, 1938 Great Britain  4 – 0  United States The Shay, Halifax
August 20, 1938 Great Britain  5 – 3  United States Leeds


 Great Britain  United States
Chummy McNeil
Leslie Mann
Sid Bissett
Frank Cadorette
Sam Hanna
Doc Holden
Ross Kendrick
Larry Marsh
Chummy McNeil
Jack Ritchie
Ken Robinson
Irving Ruvinsky
Jerry Strong
Danny Wright
Lee Benson
George Binger
Clyde Dean
Harold Graff
Lloyd S. Johnson
Ora Lindau
John McDermott
Tommy O'Rourke
Wendell Ringland
Mike Schemer
Charles Tate
Virgil Thompson
Whitey Platt