Tag: Welsh Baseball Union

Welsh Baseball Union Premier Division – 6th Division Final Tables 1987

Final Tables 1987

Welsh Baseball Union Premier Division 1987

2Alexandra Old Boys149518
3St. Michael's148616
5Old Illtydians145910
5Rumney RFC145910
7Grange Albion144108
8Gower Sports143116

Welsh Baseball Union County Division 1987

1St. Peter's1411322
2Ninian Spurs1410420
3Grange Catholic149518
4Llandaff North148616
6St. Alban's145910
7Newport Civil Service144108

Welsh Baseball Union 1st Division 1987

1Bridgend Street1210220
3St. Joseph's128416
4Alexandra Old Boys B12488
4Caerau B12488
4St. Michael's B12488

Welsh Baseball Union 2nd Division 1987

1Grange Albion B1312124
3Machen RFC149518
4Llanrumney B148616
6Whitechurch RFC144108
7Grange Catholics B13397
8Gower Sports B141132

Welsh Baseball Union 3rd Division 1987

1Rumney RFC B1111022
3Old Illtydians B128416
5St. Michael's C12396
6Newport Civil Service B122104

Welsh Baseball Union 4th Division 1987

2Newport Dockers1410420
3Caerau C148616
4Wiggins Teape147714
6Clagon Coronation145910
7Ninian Spurs B144108
8Tarelblack Saracens142124

Welsh Baseball Union 5th Division 1987

1Llandaff North B1412224
2New Park Liberals1410420
3Asko Salvage148616
3St. Alban's B138516
3St. Phillip Expos (WBU)138516
6St. Peter's B144108
7Penylian B142124
8Llanrumney C141132

Welsh Baseball Union 6th Division 1987

1Grange Catholics C1412224
2Caerndron RFC1411322
4Bridgend Street B147714
5Cowden FC146812
6St. Fallon's14499
8Morganstown RFC140131


The 1987 Welsh Baseball Union (Men’s) season featured 62 teams across 8 Divisions, from the Premier Division to the County Division, and then from the 2st Division down to the 6th Division. There were a couple of teams who forfeited the season but otherwise it was a successful season, with Lllanrumney finishing by far the best team, picking up the Premier Division title with a maximum 28 points from 14 games. St. Peter’s won the County Division on 22 points (11-3), Bridgend Street were the 1st Division winners on 20 points, Grange Albion took the 2nd Division honours on 24 points (12-1). The lower tables were won by Rumney RFC B on 22 points (11-0) in the 3rd Division, Hendre 28 Points (14-0) in the 4th Division, Llandaff North B were 5th Division winners with 24 points (12-2) and Grange Catholics C won the 6th Division title with 24 points (12-2).

The names hark back to a bygone era in South Wales, not just teams such as Grange Catholics and St. Peter’s, which would have had a large Irish Catholic contingent on their rosters, but also teams with names referencing Major League Baseball (a different, but similar sport) such as St. Phillip’s Expos, no doubt a nod to Montreal Expos. Other references to other sports include Ninian Spurs, based in the same neighbourhood as the old Cardiff City Football Club ground Ninian Park, and also Rugby Football Club and Association Football Club (Soccer) teams such as Rumney RFC and Cowden FC. New Park Liberals, Newport Civil Service also make reference to a political and administrative climate which has no doubt shifted radically since. Then there are the Old Boys teams such as Old Illtydians and Alexandra Old Boys, past pupils of Schools in South Wales and the teams with Llan in their name, a popular Welsh-language prefix. Very few, if any, of these teams are still in existence now as the League has become a Schools League.

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[1] Welsh Ladies Baseball Union Facebook (2017) Around the Bases : Welsh Baseball union April / May 1988 [Internet] Available from: http://www.facebook.com/21387949710/photos/pcb.10155902328909711/10155902302069711/?type=3&theater [Accessed 30 November 2017][Actual Page Reference: https://www.facebook.com/Welsh-Ladies-baseball-Union-21387949710/photos/pcb.10155902328909711/10155902303314711 [Accessed 30 November 2017][Last Accessed 15 October 2021]


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Welsh Baseball Union Premier Division 2012-2014

WBU Premier Division 2012

St. Peter’s RFC10100020
Rumney RFC1090118
Grange Catholics1051411
Grange Albion1042410
St. Michael’s104159
Welsh Baseball Union Premier Division 2012 {Reference: 1

WBU Premier Division 2013

Grange Albion870114
Grange Catholics860212
St. Alban’s RFC960312
St. Peter’s RFC950410
Welsh Baseball Union Premier Division 2013 [Reference: 2]

WLBU Premier Division 2014

St. Alban’s880016
Grange Albion760112
Grange Catholics850310
Rumney RFC84048
Welsh Baseball Union Premier Division 2014 [Reference: 3


The Welsh Baseball Union governs the Men’s game in Wales, currently only running leagues at underage level. St. Peter’s (2012), Grange Albion (2013) and St. Alban’s (2014) won the last three titles in the Men’s League before it was abandoned.

About Welsh Baseball

Welsh Baseball is the Welsh version of Rounders or Baseball and is their Traditional Celtic Sport. It is played like Baseball or Rounders on a diamond, with the original posts instead of bases like in Medieval Rounders, and the diamond is assymetrical. The bat is more like a cricket bat than a baseball or rounders bat, being slightly flat and tapers from the base to the handle. Points are scored for each base reached and also a point for getting all the way round back home.

The sport is played in mostly working class areas of South Wales and Liverpool, particularly in neighborhoods with a strong Irish Catholic population.

The game was originally Rounders but a visiting American Baseball team led by the legendary A.G. Spalding, played matches in Liverpool against local teams at the turn of the 20th Century (early 1900s), and the English Rounders Association (Liverpool) adopted some of the innovations in Baseball, thus deciding it was no longer Rounders and changed the name. It instructed its counterparts in the Welsh Baseball Union and Gloucester Baseball Union (no longer active) to do the same, thus leading to a hybrid Rounders-Baseball code unique to Wales and Liverpool.



[1] Wayback Machine Internet Archive – Welsh Baseball Union (2013) Premier Division [Internet] Available from: https://web.archive.org/web/20130122204111/http://www.welshbaseball.co.uk/ [Accessed 11 April 2017]

[2] Wayback Machine Internet Archive – Welsh Baseball Union (2013) Premier Division [Internet] Available from: https://web.archive.org/web/20130908075104/http://www.welshbaseball.co.uk/ [Accessed 11 April 2017]

[3] Wayback Machine Internet Archive – Welsh Baseball Union (2014) Premier Division [Internet] Available from: https://web.archive.org/web/20141016050038/http://www.welshbaseball.co.uk/ [Accessed 11 April 2017]


Thanks to Hugh Mulcahy.

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Researched, Compiled and Written by Enda Mulcahy for the

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Last Updated: 13 November 2020

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