Story: Softball and baseball

US Marines baseball match, Wellington, 1943

Two US Marines teams put on this baseball demonstration match in Athletic Park, Wellington, in January 1943. The crowd of between 20,000 and 25,000 enjoyed the game despite some confusion over the rules. The American habit of arguing with the umpire was, however, considered unsporting by some.

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Archives New Zealand - Te Rua Mahara o te Kāwanatanga
Reference: Weekly Review 77. National Film Unit, 1943

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Tony Smith and David Green, 'Softball and baseball - Baseball in New Zealand', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/video/39661/us-marines-baseball-match-wellington-1943 (accessed 3 June 2020)

Story by Tony Smith and David Green, published 5 Sep 2013, updated 1 Jul 2015