|Alan Bloomfield||Category: Baseball players | Class: 2010|
Alan Bloomfield set a record for Great Britain caps and was a dominant offensive force in the country's domestic league for some two decades. As The Hull 'Daily Mail' wrote in 1984: 'Alan Bloomfield must be regarded as the best British player ever.' Bloomfield played association football as a junior for Arsenal, before committing completely to baseball. He represented Great Britain at eight European Championships, with much distinction. He was named the Most Valuable Player at the 1988 European Championship B-Pool after batting .625. He hit over .400 in at least two other Euros (1991 and 1996) and better than .300 in another two (1997 and 1999). Bloomfield was a member of the first two Great Britain squads to win gold medals in European Championship competition (B-Pool: 1988 and 1996). Domestically, his 180 walks, 292 runs scored, and 97 stolen bases were the most by any top-tier player between 1995 and 2009, according to available records. While he played in a number of different leagues (primarily for one of three teams: the Sutton Braves, the Southern Tigers, and the London Warriors), he was regularly among the circuit's top hitters. In 1997, for example, he won the 'triple crown' by leading the Premier Division South with a .486 batting average, 13 home runs, and 46 runs batted in. He captured at least one other batting title (.579 average), in the very competitive Scottish Amicable League of 1987. In all, if the Scottish Amicable League of the late 1980s and the independent National League Baseball (UK) of the early 1990s are included in his total, Bloomfield played for six teams that won national titles.