April 2014 - European Championships Qualifier C Pool Schedule
12th April 2014 - Announcement from Baseball Ireland
It is with great sadness that Baseball Ireland has learned of the death of Richard Murray, former Youth Baseball Coordinator and longtime member of the Cavan Comets Baseball Club. Richard also built his own diamond for a Little League blitz, a move that brought happiness to many throughout the country. Richard was a big Boston fan, a keen collector of baseball cards and a dear friend to many in the Irish baseball community. The thoughts of everyone involved in baseball in Ireland are with his wife Diana and his family.
Ar dheis DÃ© go raibh a anam.
April 2nd 2014 - Irish National Team Announced
|Irish National Team Manager Sean Mitchell has announced the 2014 squad that will be traveling to represent Ireland at the European Championships Qualifiers (C Pool) taking place in Ljubljana, Slovenia.
In addition he has named a number of players that will not be traveling but will take part in all other National Team events:
March 2014 - Baseball Ireland Poker Tournament
|Baseball Ireland are holding a Texas Holdem Tournament on Saturday 29th of March 2014.
You can pre-register below to avail of 20% extra chips!
February 15th 2014 - Baseball Ireland AGM
Remember, Baseball Ireland is your organisation and we want you to have your say!
The AGM of Baseball Ireland will be held in Generator Hostels, Smithfield, Dublin on Saturday February 15th at 11am. Come along have have your say.
January 2014 - A Sad Loss For Baseball Ireland
It was with great sadness that we learned of the tragic death of Kara McCole in a work related accident. I had the pleasure and privilege of coaching Kara when he played in our youth league after his family returned to Donegal from the US. He was a player of immense talent and motivation.
A little league All Star in NY where he grew up, he represented Ireland when we took a team of cadets to the UK. He was by far the stand out player of the trip. Kara took part in The MLB academy in France. The coaches and scouts were greatly impressed with his talent.
I will retain many fond memories of this young man.
All of the Baseball Ireland family wish to extend their profound sympathies to Kara's family.
January 2014 - Spring Training 2014
|Baseball Ireland will be holding their Spring Training at Ashbourne Donaghmore GAA Hall, Ashbourne, Co. Meath.
Sat Jan 25: 2pm - 4pm
Sat Feb 1: 2pm - 4pm
Sat Feb 8: 2pm - 4pm
Sat Feb 15: 2pm - 4pm Sat Feb 22: 2pm - 4pm Sat Mar 1: 2pm - 4pm Sat Mar 8: 2pm - 4pm Sat Mar 15: 2pm - 4pm Bats, balls etc will be provided. These training sessions are open to all skill levels from complete beginners to seasoned players. More info to follow...
January 2014 - * Winter Clinic - 19th January 2014 *
Sunday, 19th January
Donaghmore Ashbourne GAA club indoor hall (http://www.donashgaa.com/)
11:30 - 13:30 Kids clinic (ages 4 - 14)
13:30 - 14:00 Lunch
14:00 - 15:00 Coaches clinic
15:00 - 17:00 Adults clinic (ages 13 & up)
Kids: 5 Euro
Coaches (attending only the coaches clinic): 5 Euro
Adults: 15 Euro
There are 7 coaches from the US including scouts from the Chicago White Sox and a former Major League pitcher.
October 2013 - Belfast Northstars Open Practice
The Belfast Northstars baseball club will be hosting open practice sessions over the coming months as they seek to recruit new members and introduce participants to the game of baseball. Sessions will be held on the following dates:
- 3rd November, Aurora Centre, Bangor
- 7th December, Lagan Valley Leisureplex, Lisburn
- 11th January, Lough Moss Leisure Centre, Castlereagh
These sessions are an ideal opportunity for anyone to come and have a go at the sport, whether they have an interest in baseball, or are curious to learn more about it. Coaching will be provided by members of the squad, including Head Coach Jon Carter, who has represented Britain. Equipment will be provided and no experience or indeed knowledge of baseball is necessary as all the basics will be covered through drills focused on throwing, fielding and hitting.
The club has been in existence since 1996 and has made great inroads in recent times, both on and off the field. Interest and knowledge of the sport is on the up and this is a chance to become involved in an exciting sport that will continue to grow.
Please do not hesitate to contact the club at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions or would like to know more about the club.
The Northstars are very excited about this series of open practices. We feel these will be hugely beneficial in exposing more people to the sport of baseball and in developing the game in Ireland
17th September 2013 - Baseball Ireland Awards Night
|Baseball Ireland's annual Awards Night will be held on Saturday October 12th
15 Merrion Row
(Upstairs on the left over the old bar)
Start Time is 7:30pm
Click here to see the previous Award Winners
14th September 2013 - Champions 2013
|The Dublin Spartans notched up their 8th title in a row (and 12th over all) with a double victory over the Black Sox at Corkagh Park. The Spartans took game 1 by a score of 6 to 3. The difference being a massive bases clearing 3 run triple from centre fielder Jan Pojer.
The Spartans then had to battle back from 3-0 down to win game 2 (and the title) by a score of 4 to 3.
Phenomenal complete game pitching displays from Robert Cavicchioni (Black Sox), Brendan Scott (Black Sox), Scott Karnes (Spartans) and Andrei Apostaoie (Spartans).
The B League final was contested by the Hurricanes and the Northstars, the top two teams in the pennant race. With the season series split at 2-2 going into the finals, it was anyone's game. John Sculli, player-coach and contender for the A League's strikeout crown, took the hill for the Stars and matched up against Venezuelan fireballer William Pena. Despite the game finishing 10-0 to the 'Canes, it was a closer-run affair than the scoreline would suggest. The Northstars had runners on third base in four separate innings, and Pena escaped several jams on his way to a complete game victory.
In Game Two the Hurricanes raced into a lead behind veteran pitcher Pete Ruotolo before a combination of defensive errors and solid hitting by the top of the Northstars order, in particular John Sculli and Mark Smith, saw the Belfast club claw back a nine-run deficit to trail 11-9 by the end of the fifth inning. Relief pitcher Garret Pearse steadied the ship as the Hurricanes made some defensive substitutions, and Joe Hirakuri and Enrique Verea scored to give the Dubliners a four-run lead. The Northstars starter Mark Smith then rediscovered his ace pitch to make light work of the Canes in the top of the seventh. Player-manager Jose Santos led off the Stars' last chance for a rally with a double to opposite field. With the tying run in the hole, the 'Canes brought in lefty Sean O'Shaughnessy for the save. The Stars rallied hard, scoring three times and bringing it to a one-run game with a man on first, but catcher Danny Babcan caught a foul tip third strike to end the game and give the Dublin City Hurricanes their third B Championship.
September 2013 - Baseball Ireland Grand Final 2013
|The Dublin Black Sox will take on the reigning champions The Dublin Spartans in this years A League Grand Final. This is a best of 3 series with the 1st 2 games being played this Saturday 14th September at 11am and 2pm, Corkagh Park.
On Sunday, we will have a new B league Champion when the Dublin Hurricanes take on the Belfast Northstars. Games at 11am and 1.30pm.
Bring the family and enjoy the best of baseball in Ireland!
September 2013 - League Stats 2013
|Click here to download the final stats for the 2013 season|
September 2013 - 2013 Pitching Stats
2013 Baseball Ireland League Pitching Stats
30th August 2013 - Playoffs!
|This weekend sees the start of the 2013 Baseball Ireland playoffs.
1st up is the A league fixtures on Saturday Spartans v Black Sox (11am). The winner will go straight through to the A league final. Following that, the Northstars will face the Hurricanes in a 'do or die' clash (2pm).
The fixtures for the B league on Sunday are the same but in reverse order. The league topping Hurricanes face the Belfast team 1st (11am) followed by Spartans v Sox at 1.30pm.
Can the Spartans make it 8 titles in a row?
Will we have a new finalist in the A league?
Who will be the new B league champs?
14th July 2013 - Ireland Dominant in First Ever Peter O'Malley Tournament
|The Irish national baseball team warmed up in perfect fashion for their European 'B' Pool Championships in Vienna next week, as they went undefeated in the inaugural Peter O'Malley Invitational Tournament in Corkagh Park, Clondalkin.
Facing US Navy team the Rota Blue Devils and the back-to-back British Baseball League champion Liverpool Trojans, as well as a team of international baseball players from all around the globe, the Irish team claimed three wins from their three preliminary games to make the final against Los Barbaros - an invited team of international all-stars representing the USA, the UK, Venezuela, Japan, the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Brazil, Mexico, Cuba, Canada and other nations - a game they won by a score of 13-7 to lift the Peter O'Malley Trophy.
Tournament organiser Mike Kindle was thrilled at the level of support the event received. "We had hundreds and hundreds of people come out to the ballpark over the course of the weekend to cheer Ireland on, many of whom didn't even know Ireland had a baseball team!"
"The standard of competition was very high, and it should stand to Ireland manager Sean Mitchell and his squad that they went undefeated and dominated the tournament," said Kindle, "and it's heartening that the Irish-based played such an important part in the victory."
Team Ireland's win was inspired by tournament Most Valuable Player Jimmy Pita, who plays his baseball in Dublin. Pita's performance was backed up by strong showings from his fellow domestic-based position players Tommy Hernandez, Leo Farrell and Jaime Cuevas, and by Dublin Black Sox pitcher Brendan Scott, whose complete game victory on day two was a tournament highlight. The Irish squad was boosted by American- and Canadian-based players Brendan Hourihan, Mike Ferrato, Nat Anglin and pitchers Tommy Enright and Rob McKendry.
"This was Ireland's first ever IBAF-sanctioned tournament," said Kindle, "And it sets this young team up nicely for a tough game against Russia next Monday (22nd). The Irish team are all amateurs, who play for the love of the game, but their professionalism and athleticism shone through this weekend."
Ireland will fly to Vienna on Sunday, and will play Russia, Lithuania, Slovakia, Belarus and hosts Austria over the course of five days.
Peter O'Malley Tournament Results
Rota Blue 4-5 Ireland
Liverpool Trojans 13-3 Rota Blue Devils
Los Barbaros 5-0 Liverpool Trojans
Ireland 5-4 Liverpool Trojans
Rota Blue 1-9 Los Barbaros
Ireland 5-2 Los Barbaros
Liverpool Trojans 4-7 Rota Blue Devils
Ireland 13-7 Los Barbaros
more to follow...
July 2013 - Map of Corkagh Park
July 2013 - The Gathering 2013
|International Baseball in Ireland!
The first Peter O'Malley International Invitational Baseball Tournament will be played at Corkagh Park in Clondalkin, Dublin, Ireland from July 12-14. Named for O'Malley, president of the Los Angeles Dodgers from 1970-1998, the four-team tournament features the host Irish National Baseball Team, Rota Blue Devils, representing the United States Navy, British Baseball League entrant Liverpool Trojans and Los Barbaros, a team comprised of international players who have traveled from all over the world to compete in the tournament.
The tournament is Baseball Ireland's contribution to "The Gathering Ireland 2013," a year-long celebration of all things Irish - culture, tradition, sport and fun. Three games will be played on Friday, July 12, three games on Saturday, July 13, with the third-place and championship games set for Sunday, July 14.
"It is an honour and privilege to return to Ireland for this special baseball tournament and I salute the organizers for putting it together," said O'Malley. "Baseball in Ireland continues to grow and succeed with about 250 youth players around the island. The success of the Irish National team has generated interest in the game and it is gratifying that there are more fields being developed."
The international tournament is named for O'Malley, who is a friend and significant contributor to the success of baseball in Ireland, according to Mike Kindle, Chairman of Baseball Ireland.
"We are very excited to have Peter O'Malley return to the site of O'Malley and Dodger Fields, which he built in 1998," said Kindle. "We appreciate Peter's generosity and foresight in helping baseball to grow in Ireland. The fields he built for youth (O'Malley Little League) and adults (Dodger Baseball) have touched many lives in the past 15 years. Peter is in constant contact with us and is very interested in the development of baseball in Ireland and indeed, the world."
O'Malley had previously privately built fields in two countries - "Dodger Baseball Field" in Tianjin, People's Republic of China in 1986 and "Little League Friendship Field" in Managua, Nicaragua in 1992. He also privately built what was considered a leader in the field, a state-of-the-art baseball academy "Campo Las Palmas" near Santo Domingo in the Dominican Republic.
O'Malley's first meeting with Baseball Ireland was in 1994, with the goal of getting more people involved with the game.
By July 4, 1998, two fields built strictly for baseball were dedicated at Corkagh Park - a regulation-sized adult field (Dodger Baseball Field) and an international standard Little League field (O'Malley Little League Field), which serve as the centerpiece of baseball in Ireland and have been used continuously for adult and youth regular season and international games.
At the time of dedication, O'Malley said, "In the past, children have been playing baseball on the corners of rugby and soccer fields in Ireland, frequently being asked to relocate during the game. Now the children and families of Dublin have their own field of dreams to enjoy the game of baseball uninterrupted."
The tournament will add an international element to Baseball Ireland's traditional midsummer classic, usually consisting of games against a single touring side, as it will see two non-Irish teams playing baseball in Dublin for the first time since 1946, when two American teams returning from service in Britain in WWII played an exhibition game in Croke Park. Kindle is hopeful the game's appeal can grow in Ireland. "Baseball is the second most widely played field sport on the planet, behind soccer, and there are approximately 120 countries that are affiliated with the International Baseball Federation and actively play internationally. We're hoping people will see it being played for the first time and get involved, or get their kids playing Little League. I mean, who doesn't like to hit something with a bat? It's the greatest feeling in the world!"
"South Dublin County is the home of Irish Baseball," said Kindle, "and thanks to South Dublin County Council, our main sponsors SoftCo and Generator Hostels and of course, Peter O'Malley, it's going to be home to a festival of sport and fun for all the family."
More info is available here: https://www.facebook.com/events/559316954098864/
July 2013 - SoftCo sponsor Baseball Ireland
Dublin, Ireland. SoftCo are delighted announce that it will sponsor Baseball Ireland in the forthcoming Peter O'Malley International Tournament in Dublin and European Championships in Vienna. Baseball Ireland is a competitive association with a history of achievements over the last 17 years in Ireland and internationally. The association is responsible for the development and promotion of baseball throughout Ireland.
As part of Tourism Ireland's "The Gathering 2013" the tournament will take place from 12th to the 14th of July 2013 in Corkagh Park Clondalkin, the home of Irish Baseball. Teams representing the United States and Great Britain will take on the Irish national team as part of Baseball Ireland's contribution to the Gathering. The three days of games are free to attend.
"We are delighted to be sponsoring Baseball Ireland as part of The Gathering 2013", said Susan Spence, Executive Chairman, SoftCo. "We wish the Irish team the very best of luck in the tournament."
Mike Kindle, tournament organiser, welcomed SoftCo's involvement. "It's great that an Irish company has given its backing to the tournament and to the National Team," he said "With SoftCo batting for us, we can move on and achieve great things on and off the diamond."
8th July 2013 - Game Week 16 Round Up
|In the final games before the Gathering break, the Irish league provided some more cracking games.
The Spartans beat the Hurricanes (7-3) and the Black Sox defeated the Mariners (6-3) in the A league.
This moves the Spartans 7 points clear at the top of the A league and the Sox leapfrog the Northstars into 3rd place.
Defeat by the Black Sox was a blow to the Mariners chances of making the playoffs but nothing is decided yet!
The Hurricanes continued their fine season with an 11-0 win over the Spartans at Corkagh Park.The B league mirrors the A league with the Spartans top followed by the Hurricanes. The Black Sox and Northstars hold the last 2 playoff spots. Like the A league the Mariners are also in 5th place in the B league.
Click here to see the League tables
July 2013 - The O'Malley baseball fields in Dublin, Ireland - a short history of Ireland's home of baseball
|By Cormac Eklof
Ahead of The Peter O'Malley International Invitational tournament, a part of The Gathering, we take a quick look at the baseball field funded by Peter O'Malley of LA Dodgers fame
The O'Malley Fields at Corcaigh Park in Clondalkin, West Dublin are the main home of Irish Baseball. The fields are named after legendary LA Dodgers owner Peter O'Malley, who generously funded their construction in 1998. The majority of league games are held at the fields, along with playoff games and Ireland National Team games and practice sessions.
Peter's father, Walter Francis O'Malley (October 9, 1903 - August 9, 1979) was an American sports executive who owned the Brooklyn/Los Angeles Dodgers team in Major League Baseball from 1950 to 1979. Calling him a baseball executive, however, is not paying him anything close to his full due, he is a Dodgers legend. The Dodgers were initially successful under O'Malley's leadership, winning National League pennants in 1952, 1953, 1955, and 1956. In 1958 he brought major league baseball to the West Coast, moving the Dodgers from Brooklyn to Los Angeles. They remained successful on the field, winning the World Series in 1959, 1963, and 1965.
On March 17, 1970, Walter turned over the presidency of the team to his son Peter. Peter O'Malley held the position until 1998 when the team was sold on. In that time he became friendly with legendary baseball Ireland emissaries Anne Murphy, Mike Kindle and Mick Manning, a trio who have worked tirelessly championing the sport in Ireland. Through that friendship, Peter generously funded the construction of the O'Malley baseball Fields at Corcaigh Park in Clondalkin, West Dublin in 1998 and those fields have been the home of Irish Baseball ever since.
The fields are not only the logistical home of baseball in Ireland, they are the spiritual home of same also. Since their constructions in 1998 thousands of moments and memories have been born at that field, quite literally hundreds of great games of baseball have been played there. It is safe to say that people's lives have been elevated by those fields, and most people who have played ball in Ireland owe a great debt to the generosity of Peter O'Malley and his family.
Baseball Ireland, proudly supported by The Gathering Dublin and Fingal Leader Partnership, will be holding the inaugural Peter O'Malley International Invitational Baseball Tournament from July 12-14, 2013 in Corkagh Park, West Dublin. Participating teams are expected from Ireland, continental Europe, and the UK.
27th June 2013 - Halfway Report for Baseball Ireland League
|By Jack Farrell
As the international break approaches, the 2013 Baseball Ireland League is shaping up to be one of the tightest in recent memory. The Dublin Spartans, Belfast Northstars and the Dublin Hurricanes are all still right in the contention for the league title and there remains an even tighter push for the final playoff spot between the Dublin Blacksox and the Greystones Mariners.
Leading the table are the Dublin Spartans with a record of 7-3, the standout performer in the first half of the season for the Spartans has been Wes Willetts who leads the league in batting in both hits (15) and average (0.536) Following closely are the Belfast Northstars with 6 wins and 4 losses. The Northstars have been well drilled and have come out this year as one of the surprise packages of the league due to the great coaching and performances from Jonathan Sculli (who leads the league in K's (50) and Mark Smith. The Dublin Hurricanes sit in third place with a record of 6 wins and 3 losses. Pitcher Cormac Eklof has again been a dominant force for the Hurricanes and possesses the lowest ERA in the league (2.50).
All eyes are on the fight for the last playoff spot between the Dublin Blacksox and the Greystones Mariners. Currently, the Mariners hold 4th place with a record of 4-7 but have played two games more than the Blacksox who play with 4 wins and 5 losses. This playoff battle culminates with a much anticipated crunch match between the two on the 6th of July in Blacksox Park. Stand-out performers for the Mariners this year are Leo Farrell who leads the league in stolen bases (14) and Jaime Cuevas with an impressive 0.464 batting average. Robert Cavvichioni and Jeremias Osio have impressed for the Blacksox in the first half of the year with an ERA of 1.76 and a batting average of 0.429 respectively. The Munster Warriors sit at the bottom of the table with a record of 2-6. Eric Kelly and Michael O'Sullivan lead the team in hitting with averages of 0.321 and 0.429
Stretching back from 1995, the Adult Baseball League has gone from strength to strength in recent years with the current format of 6 "A" League teams spread out across Ireland and 7 "B" League teams (one in Wicklow (Greystones Mariners), one in Munster (Munster Warriors), one in Belfast (North Stars), and 3 in Dublin (Dublin Black Sox, Hurricanes, and Spartans).
26th June 2013 - RED ROX
Wondering how your kids will spend Friday evenings during the summer?
12th June 2013 - Spreading the game to the Emerald Isle
|Article from NCAA
KEUKA PARK, N.Y. — Ireland is known for its unique style of dance, spectacular coastlines and challenging golf courses, but when it comes to baseball, the Emerald Isle is behind the rest of the world.
Among the sporting pursuits more popular than baseball in Ireland are Gaelic football (a physically demanding sport combining rugby, soccer and basketball), soccer, golf and boxing.
Baseball, America's pastime, didn't officially infiltrate the Irish culture until 1989 when the Irish Baseball & Softball Federation formed with a stated goal of cultivating baseball and softball players throughout the country.
The Irish first fielded an international team in the mid-1990s and started competing in the European Championships in 1996, with the national team earning a fourth-place finish in the Pool B championships in 2004, followed by a second-place finish in the 2008 championships.
So while Irish baseball isn't nearly on par with the level of play present in the United States, the Dominican Republic, Cuba and Japan, the country is slowly making strides towards international respectability.
John Sculli, a 2012 Keuka College graduate who pitched on the Storm's baseball team for three years, is among the people trying to spread the national pastime across the pond to Ireland.
Read more ...
17th June 2013 - Northstars are shining in Northern Ireland
|Article from the British Baseball Federation.
The Belfast Northstars Baseball Club, located in Northern Ireland, is in a growth phase, which gives their General Manager Neil Boyd high hopes for the future.
The Belfast Northstars was formed in 1996 and joined Baseball Ireland in 1997, where the Northstars continue to face teams from Dublin, Munster, West Clare and Cavan. Their current coach, Jon Carter, was formerly a part of the Great Britain training squad, bringing professionalism and experience to the team.
Participation in the Finkstonball Tournament in Austria for the past three years, and this year narrowly losing to the Swiss National side in the final inning, has provided significant experience for the Northern Ireland team.
9th June 2013 - Cuba Dublin Festival 2013
A selection of Irish Baseball League players took part in the Cuba Dublin Festival at Wanderers FC. Youth and adult teams representing clubs from all over the country put on a full day's exhibition, including little league, "Home Run Derby" and a Baseball v Softball challenge game.
Among the assembled guests was Lord Mayor of Dublin, Cllr. Naoise O Muiri, who took part in the festivities, impressing the crowd with his swing and not joining the countless politicians who look foolish taking part in sporting activities.
Click here to see photos from the day
10th June 2013 - Game Week 12 Review
|Game week 12 combined for 138 runs over 6 games.
In the A league, this years surprise team, the Belfast Northstars split the double header with last years pennant winners the Dublin Hurricanes (5:3 & 9:8).
In the other A game the Dublin Spartans got revenge over the Dublin Black Sox with a 4:3 victory at Corkagh Park.
These results puts the Spartans on top ahead of the Northstars on head to head record. The Hurricanes are just 1 game behind with a game in hand.
The Mariners overtake the Black Sox into the last playoff position after their walkover win against the Munster Warriors
In the B league the Dublin Spartans and Cavan Comets set a new league record with their 32:19 score line. The Spartans won both games of the double header with the 2nd game finishing 20:16. There were grand slams for both teams on the day.
The West Clare Dolphins recorded their 1st ever victory over the Mariners with a 10-9 victory in Clare.
The Spartans stay top of the B league for now, but the Hurricanes have 4 games in hand.
Click here for the full league tables
7th May 2013 - McEwing & O'Malley enters Irish-American Baseball HOF
|From mlb.com - Video
NEW YORK -- There was no dress code for Tuesday's Irish-American Baseball Hall of Fame induction ceremony, but one piece of attire ensured a seat near the front.
It helped to have White Sox.
With third-base coach Joe McEwing among this year's class of inductees, manager Robin Ventura and the entire coaching staff made their way to Foley's NY Pub and Restaurant for the occasion. McEwing was inducted alongside another former Met in Rusty Staub; Peter O'Malley, the longtime owner of the Los Angeles Dodgers; Bill Madden of the New York Daily News; and Boston Globe columnist Dan Shaughnessy.
"It's a true honor," McEwing said. "Any Hall of Fame that you're inducted into, it means people think enough of you to believe that you're making a solid impact on and off the field. And when it relates to your heritage and baseball, two things that you're passionate about, it's humbling and it's an honor."
McEwing was introduced by Jeff Manto, a longtime friend and the White Sox hitting coach, who was among those filling several tables near the podium with friends, family and coaches. They did save one seat for a late-arriving guest: Mets third baseman David Wright, who broke into the big leagues during McEwing's tenure in New York. The All-Star didn't stay for lunch -- Foley's features a David Wright Sandwich of grilled chicken in buffalo sauce with lettuce, tomato and blue cheese dressing -- but he did pause for photos and to sign autographs as he made his way to the door.
"Joe's been a special favorite of mine, a class act," said Shaun Clancy, the owner of Foley's and the president of the Irish-American Baseball Hall of Fame. "When we started this, there were two guys who sprang to mind straight off the bat: Joe was one and Sean Casey was the other. Sean went in with one of the first classes ... and we were finally able to get [Joe] taken care of.
"The fact that Robin Ventura brought the entire coaching staff, that shows the level of respect that they have for Joe."
Madden was on hand to accept his plaque, but Staub and Shaughnessy were unable to attend. Singer-songwriter Terry Cashman -- "Baseball's Balladeer" and a 2011 inductee -- accepted on behalf of Staub, and Shaughnessy's son, Sam, stood in for his father. O'Malley, who owned the Dodgers following his father's death in 1979 until the family sold the team in 1998, also made the trip to New York.
"I'm very proud, I'm very honored and I really salute Shaun for the work he's done, the passion he has, to recognize the Irish tradition in baseball," O'Malley said. "Because if he hadn't done that, no one else would've stepped forward to do that. He's captured that here at Foley's, and I really tip my hat to him and I'm happy that he's done it, and I'm glad to be included."
In his introduction, Clancy touched on O'Malley's contributions to growing the game of baseball around the world, specifically his funding of the O'Malley Fields at Corcaigh Park in Clondalkin, West Dublin. The complex is considered the main home of Irish baseball.
"Peter O'Malley has been a huge help to me and also to baseball in Ireland," Clancy said. "This was a very satisfying class. Other years, you're fighting to get people to come or to acknowledge it, but the five guys that we put in this year, there was tremendous support."
None more than from the South Side of Chicago.
3rd May 2013 - 2013 National Team Squad Announced
Irish National Team - 2013
Ireland Based Squad
European Championships Squad
Training & Game Schedule
8th April 2013 - In Focus: Dublin Hurricanes
|From the Sunday Sport Show: http://sundaysportshow.com/2013/04/08/in-focus-dublin-hurricanes/
This week we took a trip to Corkagh Park in Clondalkin to check out Peter O Malley field, the home of Irish Baseball and we spoke to Peter Kavanagh, John Hensey and Daniel Babcan of the Dublin Hurricanes about playing Baseball in Ireland.
The Dublin Hurricanes are one of Baseball Ireland's most successful franchises, having won two National Championships and numerous player awards. They have also taken part in several European club competitions including tournaments in Prague, London and Antwerp.
The Hurricanes were formed in 1997 and started to play under the name 'The Dublin Hurricanes' in 1998. The team was one of the original founding teams of the Irish baseball league. They were the first Irish club baseball team to take part in European competition.
They dominated in 2003 winning both the Spring blitz and the National Championship, won a league pennant in 2004 and a second championship the following season.
Much of the interest generated in Baseball over the past few years can be attributed to the dream of a generous sponsor and the development of a purpose-built Baseball facility in Clondalkin, West Dublin.
Irish-American Peter O'Malley, owner and President of the Los Angeles Dodgers Baseball organisation, first met with the Irish Baseball & Softball Association in 1994. Having already developed baseball fields in the Dominican Republic, Nicaragua and China, O'Malley pledged $140,000 to the building of an Irish Baseball facility.
Building on the site began in June of 1997 and both fields were officially opened for play on July 4th, 1998. The facility incorporates a regulation sized adult field (Dodger Baseball Field) and an international standard Little League field (O'Malley Little League Field).
The fields are to be used as the centrepiece of Baseball activity in Ireland and will play host to regular season league games for adult and youth teams as well as international fixtures.
With the addition of this purpose built national Baseball facility the total number of youth and adult baseball teams and the profile of the sport has grown significantly over the past number of years.