1938 Amateur World Series
|Host country||Great Britain|
|Teams||2 (from 2 continents)|
|Venues||5 (in 5 host cities)|
|Champions||Great Britain (1st title)|
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.
|Kingston upon Hull||Old Craven Park|
|1938 Amateur World Series|
|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|
Lloyd S. Johnson