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Red Sox and Yankees selected for first ever London Series

Red Sox and Yankees selected for first ever London Series

Outside the continental United States and Canada, Major League Baseball has also staged regular-season games in Mexico, Japan, Australia and Puerto Rico.

Baseball commissioner Robert Manfred described the plan as "our most significant endeavor in Europe", while Tony Clark, executive director of the players' association, MLBPA, said fans should expect intense competition.

The New York Yankees, whose most recent World Series title came in 2009, are the most successful team in Major League Baseball history, with 27 World Series titles.

The rivals will play on June 29 and 30, 2019, with the estimated capacity of London Stadium for the series at 55,000. "This is a major coup demonstrating, once again, that London is the sporting capital of the world and I am excited about a new partnership with MLB and the long term future of this sport in our great city". "They are aware they'll be a part of history, but they also know these games count".

Manfred said: "We are bringing you one of the best rivalries in baseball".

Get ready for Major League Baseball at London Stadium in June of 2019. "I can't wait to hear someone shout "play ball" at London Stadium".

"Really pleased that we've secured MLB games in London for 2019 & 2020 - the first city to host a Major League Baseball game in Europe", London's mayor Sadiq Khan said in a tweet. The Red Sox have won eight times, most recently in 2013.




It will be the first time a Sox-Yankees game will be played somewhere other than Boston or NY.

Major League Baseball also announced that the Oakland Athletics and Seattle Mariners will open next season at the Tokyo Dome on 20-21 March.

Hal Steinbrenner, Yankees' managing general partner, said: "Bringing these storied teams together for British fans - who have such a profound appreciation for sports at the highest level - only adds to the unique allure of one of the world's greatest sporting rivalries".

The Boston Red Sox World Series win in 2004 ended an 86-year title drought, burying the "Curse of the Bambino", the supposed hoodoo stemming from the Red Sox trading beloved star Babe Ruth to the Yankees.

The NFL has played regular-season games in London since 2007, holding 18 games at Wembley and three at Twickenham.

The NBA and National Hockey League have also held regular-season games in London.