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Baseball fans enjoy homers, a bit of heckling in London park

A vivid piece of American sports culture was displayed in London's Hyde Park as baseball came to town on July 4, the U.S. Independence Day.

The exhibition Tuesday featured several former major leaguers playing a Home Run Derby in one of London's best-known open spaces.

It's part of Major League Baseball's plan to showcase the game to build interest in Britain and Europe, where soccer is the overwhelmingly favorite sport. The move comes during the summer hiatus in England's Premier League.

Part of Hyde Park was transformed into a baseball field on a warm summer evening as fans entered the batting cage to try out their swings — one of the best hitters was a woman...

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