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In London earlier this summer the New York Yankees played the Boston Red Sox in the first competitive baseball games ever to take place in Europe.

Professor Michael Sandel - a life-long Red Sox fan who is perhaps better known to Radio 4 listeners as the Public Philosopher - went to the games and invited some guests to watch the action with him.

Michael and his guests discuss the differences between baseball and cricket, how the games relate to national identity, the role of sport in life and why baseball's history is America's history.

Michael met: Ed Smith, England's chief national cricket selector whose book Playing Hard Ball compares American baseball to cricket; Ed Miliband, the former Labour party leader who developed a passion for baseball while living in the US as a child; and Claire Smith, ESPN's Major League Baseball analyst and sportswriter. She was the first women to receive the Baseball Writers’ Association of America's highest award.

Producer: Ben Carter

Michael Sandel talks baseball, national identity and the role of team sport in life.

2019081920190821 (R4)

In London earlier this summer the New York Yankees played the Boston Red Sox in the first competitive baseball games ever to take place in Europe.

Professor Michael Sandel - a life-long Red Sox fan who is perhaps better known to Radio 4 listeners as the Public Philosopher - went to the games and invited some guests to watch the action with him.

Michael and his guests discuss the differences between baseball and cricket, how the games relate to national identity, the role of sport in life and why baseball's history is America's history.

Michael met: Ed Smith, England's chief national cricket selector whose book Playing Hard Ball compares American baseball to cricket; Ed Miliband, the former Labour party leader who developed a passion for baseball while living in the US as a child; and Claire Smith, ESPN's Major League Baseball analyst and sportswriter. She was the first women to receive the Baseball Writers’ Association of America's highest award.

Producer: Ben Carter

Michael Sandel talks baseball, national identity and the role of team sport in life.

2019081920190821 (R4)

In London earlier this summer the New York Yankees played the Boston Red Sox in the first competitive baseball games ever to take place in Europe.

Professor Michael Sandel - a life-long Red Sox fan who is perhaps better known to Radio 4 listeners as the Public Philosopher - went to the games and invited some guests to watch the action with him.

Michael and his guests discuss the differences between baseball and cricket, how the games relate to national identity, the role of sport in life and why baseball's history is America's history.

Michael met: Ed Smith, England's chief national cricket selector whose book Playing Hard Ball compares American baseball to cricket; Ed Miliband, the former Labour party leader who developed a passion for baseball while living in the US as a child; and Claire Smith, ESPN's Major League Baseball analyst and sportswriter. She was the first women to receive the Baseball Writers’ Association of America's highest award.

Producer: Ben Carter

Michael Sandel talks baseball, national identity and the role of team sport in life.

In the London Stadium at the end of June the New York Yankees and the Boston Red Sox played the first competitive baseball games to take place in Europe.

Professor Michael Sandel - who some of you may know as Radio 4's Public Philsopher - went to the games and he invited some special guests along to talk about the differences between baseball and cricket, how the games relate to national identity, the role of team sport in life....and Michael's love of the Boston Red Sox.

Michael talks to -

Ed Smith, former England cricketer and currently England's chief national cricket selector. He's also a commentator and an author. His first book, Playing Hard Ball, describes his interest in the game, psychology, history and mythology of American baseball and compares it to cricket.

Ed Miliband, former Labour party leader and currently MP for Doncaster North. He developed a love for baseball and the Red Sox during a six month stay in Boston when he was 12.

Claire Smith, ESPN's Major League Baseball analyst and sportswriter. She's spent nearly 40 years covering baseball and was the first women to receive the highest award given by the Baseball Writers’ Association of America. She covered the New York Yankees from 1983 – 1987 as the first female MLB beat writer.