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Welcome to the website of Grange Albion Baseball Club. We are based in Grangetown, Cardiff, Wales (we play a British version of the game of baseball which is different from the US version). We hope you find this website informative and interesting.
We are very proud to be one of the oldest surviving clubs and, indeed, the only club to have played in every single season that the Welsh Baseball League has run since our formation.


About Us


CLUB HISTORY:

* Grange Albion Baseball Club owes it existence to a man called Charlie Minchinton. In 1906, Charlie was a member of the Penarth Road Methodists team. However, as a number of that team left to form a new team (Grange YMCA), Charlie called a meeting of the remaining Methodist players at the Grange Temperence Institute and they accepted his proposal to form a new team called ‘Grange Albion’.

* Charlie Minchinton went on to be Secretary of the Baseball Club for many years.

* Grange Albion was formed in 1907 and entered the league that year by taking over the fixtures of the disbanded Penarth Road Methodists team in the 2nd Division of the Welsh Baseball Association League.

* The Club’s first ever league match took place on the 14th May 1907. It was played on The Marl against Llandough with the Albion’s winning by 8 men to bat. That first team was – Vincent, Minchinton, Watkins, W.Davies, Courtney, Davies, Hornet, J Boalch, S Boalch, Denning and Nurse.

* In that first season, the team won promotion to the 1st Division but were relagated after their first season in the top division. However, they won promotion again at the first attempt and have been in the top division for virtually every season since (1995 the exception). The Firsts would have been relegated in 1938 but, as the Seconds won the next division, they remained among the elite.

* Both Grange Albion and the St Albans Club of Splott, Cardiff were formed in 1907 making us both the joint oldest clubs still playing in Wales. However, the Albion’s are the only club to have competed in every single season that the League has been run (breaking only for the First and Second World Wars).

* In 1919, Mr Tom Williams became President of Grange Albion Baseball Club. He vowed then that he would remain in post until the team went a whole season unbeaten. He had to wait until the invincible season of 1948 when he resigned his presidency and became a life member. The Club were also unbeaten in the 1949 season.