Irish American Baseball Hall of Fame

Irish American Baseball Hall of Fame The Irish American Baseball Hall of Fame recognizes players, managers, executives, journalists, and entertainers of Irish descent who have significantly and positively impacted the game of baseball.
Shaun Clancy, an amateur baseball historian, created the Irish American Baseball Hall of Fame after learning about the game's rich heritage of players of Irish descent. This legacy, which dates back to the sport's infancy, has been overshadowed in recent years by other ethnicities. Shaun decided to celebrate his roots and those who helped make the game great by creating a shrine to Irish Americans in baseball in 2008. Who Is Honored in the Irish American Baseball Hall of Fame? The “Starting Nine” inductees of the Irish American Baseball Hall of Fame (2008) were: legendary owner-manager Connie Mack, sluggers Mark McGwire and Sean “The Mayor” Casey, reliever Tug McGraw, Yankee announcer John Flaherty, sportswriter Jeff Horrigan, NY Mets groundskeeper Pete Flynn, sports columnist/official scorer Red Foley, and Kevin Costner, star of Field of Dreams andBull Durham. The 2009 inductees were: Brooklyn and LA Dodgers owner Walter O’Malley, sluggers Steve Garvey and Paul O’Neill, veteran umpire Jim Joyce, revered sportscaster Vin Scully, and Ed Lucas, a blind reporter who has covered the Yankees and Mets for more than 40 years. 2010 inductees: New York Yankees GM Brian Cashman, veteran TV analyst and former player Tim McCarver, longtime New York Mets announcer Bob Murphy, famed statistician and Boston Red Sox executive Bill James, and Mike “King” Kelly, baseball’s first superstar. 2011 inductees: Nolan Ryan, baseball’s all-time strikeout king, Big Ed Walsh, baseball’s all-time ERA leader, legendary New York Giants manager John McGraw, New York Yankees trainers Gene Monahan and Steve Donohue, “Baseball’s Balladeer” Terry Cashman, and Chuck Lennon, player, alumni director and lifelong fan of Notre Dame Fighting Irish baseball.
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Baseball has long welcomed immigrants from its earliest days, when an estimated 30% of players claimed Irish heritage. Many of the biggest stars at the turn of the 20th century were either immigrants or their descendants, including Michael “King” Kelly, Roger Connor (Home Run King before Babe Ruth), Eddie Collins, Big Ed Walsh and managers Connie Mack and John McGraw. The Irish American Baseball Hall of Fame recognizes players, managers, executives, journalists, and entertainers of Irish descent who have significantly impacted the game.

Feb. 11, 2009: Adam Dunn agrees to a two-year, $20 million deal with the Washington Nationals. https://www.mlb.com/news/...
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Feb gems: Signing late can turn out great

Feb. 11, 2009: Adam Dunn agrees to a two-year, $20 million deal with the Washington Nationals. https://www.mlb.com/news/big-mlb-free-agents-signed-late-in-offseason-c214801160

With pitchers and catchers to begin reporting to Spring Training in two weeks, most of the offseason's wheeling and dealing has been done.But since the advent of free agency in 1976, there have been several notable signings made on Feb. 1 or later that paid large dividends for the clubs

Attendees of the 20th anniversary of Hot Stove Cool Music, founded by Gammons and former Boston Herald writer (and IABHO...
02/08/2020
Roger Clemens was ‘paranoid’ about sign stealing when he played - The Boston Globe

Attendees of the 20th anniversary of Hot Stove Cool Music, founded by Gammons and former Boston Herald writer (and IABHOFer inductee) Jeff Horrigan, included Roger Clemens, who spoke about sign stealing...

The legend spoke of between-the-lines stealing as a ‘big cat and mouse game’ that’s always existed, plus had thoughts on his Hall candidacy and Mookie Betts.

Feb. 8, 1982: The LA Dodgers break up the longest-playing infield in ML history by trading 2B Davey Lopes to the A's. Lo...
02/08/2020
Steve Garvey – Dodger Thoughts

Feb. 8, 1982: The LA Dodgers break up the longest-playing infield in ML history by trading 2B Davey Lopes to the A's. Lopes, 1B Steve Garvey, 3B Ron Cey, and SS Bill Russell had been the Dodgers' starting infield since 1974. https://www.dodgerthoughts.com/tag/steve-garvey/

It was weird enough, after the Dodgers won the 1981 title, when they split the World Series Most Valuable Player Award among three players.

02/06/2020
[email protected]: Leiter strong as Mets resume play after 9/11

Feb. 6, 1998, The Mets send Jesus Sanchez, A.J. Burnett and Robert Stratton to the Marlins for Al Leiter and INF Ralph Milliard. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vGViwYWfS5U

9/17/01: Mets pitcher Al Leiter throws seven innings, allowing one earned run and striking out three in the Mets' first game back since 9/11 Check out http:/...

Backyard Ball
01/27/2020
Backyard Ball

Backyard Ball

On January 27, 1944, the Boston Braves fire manager Casey Stengel, who becomes the victim of an ownership change when Lou Perini, Guido Rugo, and Joseph Maney take control of the team. In five years, after Stengel will have achieved success at the helm of the Oakland Oaks of the Pacific Coast League, the New York Yankees will hire him as their manager. The “Old Professor” will guide the Yankees to five straight championships from 1949 to 1953.

https://thisdayinbaseball.com/boston-braves-fire-manager-casey-stengel/

01/12/2020
Baseball United Foundation

Baseball United Foundation

Coach Conor Santoianni from Springfield College working with five and six year old players at our Small Ball winter baseball Clinic in NY! ⚾️⚾️⚾️

What's great about this post is that it features IABHOFer "Big Ed" Walsh (fourth on the left, back row) and Toots Shor, ...
12/18/2019

What's great about this post is that it features IABHOFer "Big Ed" Walsh (fourth on the left, back row) and Toots Shor, Shaun Clancy's idol. If you like baseball history, read on...

In February 1951, a grand collection of baseball greats attended a party held by Toots Shor – the legendary New York City restaurateur – in celebration of the National League's 75th anniversary. Included among the distinguished group were Hall of Famers Fred Clarke, Ty Cobb, Mickey Cochrane, Jimmie Foxx, Charlie Gehringer, Rogers Hornsby, Kid Nichols, Mel Ott, George Sisler, Tris Speaker, Pie Traynor, Ed Walsh, and Cy Young. The significance of this event can't be overstated: One room, for a few fleeting hours, held within its walls the living embodiment of major-league history in its near entirety – a walking, talking baseball museum if you will.

The ages of the attendees ran the gamut: Arlie Latham, the 90-year-old former speed demon (742 stolen bases) whose mischievous disposition earned him a most colorful moniker – "The Freshest Man on Earth" – was born in 1860 and began his career during the National League's infancy. On the opposite end of the spectrum was Mel Ott – baseball's "Boy Wonder" – who at age 41 had recently become Cooperstown's youngest inductee. With a generous medley of the game's most memorable players, characters, and storytellers on hand to reminisce, the conversations and spirited exchanges were priceless. (The constant flow of food and drink, alcoholic and otherwise, helped keep the proceedings lively.)

The most energetic of the revelers was Ed Walsh, the fearsome spitball specialist who won 40 games with the 1908 White Sox. "Walsh – there's the guy who really stole the show at the big Diamond Jubilee," wrote Francis Stann, a columnist for The Washington Evening Star. "He'll be 70 years old come May and, standing at Shor's oasis next to Ott, he looks as if he could be Mel's brother." As the evening progressed, the spry, soon-to-be septuagenarian grew increasingly animated: "Big Ed" demonstrated his impressive dance moves and performed a Vaudeville-esque routine in which he rattled off a string of "patter" in an Irish dialect. At one point, an astonished Jimmie Foxx stopped to watch Walsh as he danced a lively jig.

"You don't see that nowadays," said Foxx, who was grinning ear-to-ear. "In the old days, the good ballplayer and the champion fighter were on the stage. They danced and pattered and – well, what the hell. We can't all be hams." The good-natured Walsh, with a big smile on his face, responded with a hearty chuckle.

Throughout the evening, players and staff went from table to table collecting (or exchanging) autographs, with Cobb, Tris Speaker, and Cy Young being among the most popular requestees. The most enthusiastic of the autograph hounds was Walsh, though they weren't for him. "Big Ed" – whose huge heart rivaled his tremendous physique – was making the rounds on behalf of his new friends: a group of brave youngsters he'd recently visited in a children's polio ward. Despite being out of the limelight for decades, the Hall of Fame hurler had not been forgotten by the younger generation: Walsh, who would've made a fine accountant, told one reporter that he had responded to 2,676 autograph requests from kids over the past year!

Earlier, before the festivities kicked into high gear, an uncharacteristically subdued Ty Cobb sat quietly with his head down while peckishly working his way through multiple helpings of pasta and anchovies. Suddenly, as if out of the blue, "The Georgia Peach" laid down his fork and began starring at Jimmie Foxx, who was sitting several tables over. "There's a guy," Cobb exclaimed, "who could hit a longer ball than Babe Ruth. And I mean a 'longer' ball. Foxx should have set a lot more records and made a lot more money." Cobb, an astute investor worth millions, then offered a few bits of financial advice to Foxx, whose money troubles were well-known. "It's no use, Ty – I am a lousy businessman," Foxx sheepishly explained. "For instance, years ago, I sold the rights to my bat model for $50."

As the night wound down, Ed Walsh began discussing his two great passions: raising flowers – especially mums – and Joe Jackson. "Shoeless Joe," he insists, was innocent, and deserves a plaque in Cooperstown. "He had no more to do with the Black Sox scandal in 1919 than you did," declared Walsh, ambiguously pointing across the room. "In fact, whenever I read of an all-time outfield of Cobb, Speaker and Ruth, I know it's wrong. One guy who ought to be in that outfield is Jackson, and I don't care if it means dropping any one of those guys."

Speaker, who was sitting at Walsh's table, laughed before raising his wine glass to make a toast of sorts. "If you say so, Ed, I'll drop out," Speaker said earnestly. "Like you, I hope that someday baseball will air out that rap on Jackson and, believe me, I'll gladly play on the second or third team." Ty Cobb, who once described Jackson as "the perfect hitter," nodded his head in agreement. — BK2

◾Sources: https://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov + https://www.newspapers.com

Nolan Ryan Biography - This Day In Baseball
12/12/2019
Nolan Ryan Biography - This Day In Baseball

Nolan Ryan Biography - This Day In Baseball

Nolan Ryan BiographyBiographies, Hall of Fame “He could blow that speed ball by ya’, make you look like a fool, boy” -Bruce Springsteen “The Boss” could have been talking about Nolan Ryan. His “Glory Days” did eventually “pass him by”, but in his prime, Nolan’s fast ball made man...

11/29/2019
[email protected]: Koufax's perfect game called by Scully

Nov. 29, 1927: Vin Scully's birthday.

9/9/65: Vin Scully calls the final inning of Sandy Koufax's legendary perfect game against the Dodgers at Dodger Stadium Check out http://m.mlb.com/video for...

Nov. 28, 2011: Sean Casey picked by fans for induction in the Cincinnati Reds' Hall of Fame class of 2012. A three-time ...
11/28/2019

Nov. 28, 2011: Sean Casey picked by fans for induction in the Cincinnati Reds' Hall of Fame class of 2012. A three-time All-Star, "The Mayor" was one of the most popular players to ever wear a Reds uniform.

Nov. 25, 1980: Gene Michael becomes the 25th Yankee manager replacing Dick Howser, who led New York to a 1st place finis...
11/25/2019

Nov. 25, 1980: Gene Michael becomes the 25th Yankee manager replacing Dick Howser, who led New York to a 1st place finish in the AL East with a 103-59 record. 'Stick' will guide the Bombers to the AL East pennant during his first two seasons with the team.

11/13/2019
Steve Garvey Career Highlights

Nov. 13, 1974: Steve Garvey wins NL MVP with a .312 BA, 21 HRs, and 111 RBI.

.294 AVG, 2,599 Hits, 272 HR, 1,308 RBI 10x All Star, 1974 NL MVP, 1981 WS Champion, 2x NLCS MVP, 4x Gold Glove

Nov. 8, 1894: Mike "King" Kelly dies in a Boston hospital.
11/08/2019
King Kelly | Society for American Baseball Research

Nov. 8, 1894: Mike "King" Kelly dies in a Boston hospital.

Mike “King” Kelly was professional baseball’s first matinee idol: the first ballplayer to “author” an autobiography, the first to have a hit song written about him, and the first to have a successful acting career outside the game. A handsome man with a full mustache and a head of red hair...

Nov. 3, 2016: Pat Hughes becomes the first Cubs broadcaster ever to announce that the team won a World Series title!
11/03/2019

Nov. 3, 2016: Pat Hughes becomes the first Cubs broadcaster ever to announce that the team won a World Series title!

11/01/2019
WS2001 Gm5: Yankees fans chant for O'Neill in 9th

Nov. 1, 2001: After a 3-2 World Series win over the D'backs in the 12 innings, fans give a standing ovation to Paul O'Neill following his last game at Yankee Stadium.

11/1/01: Yankee fans chant in recognition of Paul O'Neill during the top of 9th in Game 5 of the World Series Check out http://MLB.com/video for more! About ...

10/31/2019
2001 World Series - Tino Martinez's game-tying home run

Oct. 31, 2001: With the Yankees behind 3-1, Paul O'Neill scores on Tino Martinez's HR in the bottom of the 9th as D'backs' reliever Byung-Hyun Kim blows the save in World Series Game 4.

Game 4 of 2001 World Series - Tino Martinez hits a game-tying home run against Byung-Hyun Kim.

Oct. 28, 1998: Al Leiter signs a four 4-year, $32 million contract with the Mets.
10/28/2019

Oct. 28, 1998: Al Leiter signs a four 4-year, $32 million contract with the Mets.

10/27/2019
1999 WS Gm4: Yankees win 25th World Championship

Oct. 27, 1999: Paul O'Neill plays Game 4 of the World Series just hours after his father died. The Yankees win and sweep the Braves to win their 25th title.

10/27/99: Mariano Rivera gets Keith Lockhart to fly out for the final out as the Yankees win their second straight World Series Check out http://MLB.com/vide...

10/26/2019
2000 World Series, Game 5: Yankees at Mets

Oct. 26, 2000: With a pitch count nearing 140 in the 9th inning, Al Leiter gives up two runs to the Yankees, who defeat the Mets, 4-2, in Game 5 of the Subway Series.

October 26, 2000: NY Yankees 4 at NY Mets 2, F -- The Yankees held a three-games-to-one advantage as the modern-day Subway Series headed into Game 5 at Shea....

Oct. 26, 1911: Connie Mack's Philadelphia A's beat John McGraw's NY Giants 13-2 to win the World Series in 6 games.
10/26/2019

Oct. 26, 1911: Connie Mack's Philadelphia A's beat John McGraw's NY Giants 13-2 to win the World Series in 6 games.

10/26/2019
#WeKnowPostseason: Sean Casey's World Series Performance

Oct. 26, 2006, Sean Casey hit his first World Series HR for the Detroit Tigers in Game Four. He would go on to homer again and bat .529 for the Fall Classic.

On October 26, 2006, Sean Casey hit his first World Series home run for the Detroit Tigers in Game Four. Casey would go on to homer again and bat .529 for th...

10/25/2019
[email protected]: McKeon talks about the 2003 Marlins team

Oct. 25, 2003: Jack McKeon's Marlins defeat the Yankees in 6 games to win the World Series.

Jack McKeon joins the broadcast and talks about the players he managed on the 2003 World Champion team Check out http://m.mlb.com/video for our full archive ...

10/25/2019
Must C Classic: Mets win Game 6 on Mookie Wilson's grounder that goes through Bill Buckner's legs

Oct. 25, 1986: Vin Scully's call of Game 6 of the 1986 World Series betw/ the Mets and Red Sox becomes an instant classic: “Little roller up along first... behind the bag! It gets through Buckner! Here comes Knight, and the Mets win it!"

After tying the game, Mookie Wilson hits a little roller up along first that gets behind Bill Buckner and the Mets win Game 6 of the 1986 World Series Check ...

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On 18 August, Athletic Base Ball Club of Philadelphia and Diamond State Vintage Base Ball Club will honor Irish baseball pioneer, Fergy Malone, with a memorial marker upon his grave in Philadelphia’s New Cathedral Cemetery. Malone was one of the stars of early baseball and helped to define the modern catching position.
Had a chance to photograph 2011 Irish American Baseball Hall of Fame member, Steve Donohue, Athletic Trainer for the N Y Yankees.
When is the 2018 IAHOF induction. Thanks
hope the ny mets bring pj conlon up the last ny mets from Ireland was the late pete Flynn groundskeeper at shea stadium and citifield
Join the Mets on August 3rd for our annual Irish Heritage Night celebration at Citi Field! Visit the link below for more details and we would love you to join us!
steve garvey rusty staub jim kaat tommy john gil hodges and others belong in the baseball hall of fame in cooperstown new york
I'm against the dh in the national league let the pitcher bat
Jim Palmer, who was adopted, has learned through a dna test that he is 94 Percent Irish. Maybe a candidate for induction?
Right now. C'mon man! As usual not supporting New York and the Yankees.
the late yankee gene micael super scout was the architecht of the last Yankees dynasty
Nolan ryan has 1 worldseries ring with the 1969 mets has 2 al championship rings with the texas rangers front office