Before you ignore this post as just another press release, take a moment to review the nominees. This is no regular Hall of Fame to include Bill Murray, Rosie O’Donnell, and Casey from “Casey at the Bat.” That’s taking the word “legend” very literally.
New York, NY – Foley’s NY Pub & Restaurant (18 W. 33rd St.) today announced the nominations for 2010 induction into the Irish American Baseball Hall of Fame (IABHOF). Voters include past inductees into the IABHOF and a panel of baseball historians. Results will be announced in April 2010.
HALL OF FAMERS and LEGENDS
- Big Ed Walsh – Baseball’s All-Time ERA Leader
- Michael “King” Kelly – Baseball’s First Superstar
- “Mighty Casey” of the Mudville Nine by Ernest Thayer
CURRENT LIVING EX-PLAYERS
- Dale Murphy, Long-time Atlanta Brave, two-time NL MVP
- Joe McEwing – “Super Joe,” now a manager in the White Sox minor league system
- John McGraw – Legendary manager of the NY Giants
- Tom Kelly – Minnesota Twins two-time World Series winning manager
- Tim McCarver – Network TV analyst
- Bob Murphy – Longtime Mets Broadcaster
- Brian Cashman – GM, NY Yankees
- Bill James – Stastician, Red Sox Consultant
- John Fogerty – Writer/Singer of “Centerfield”
- Bill Murray – Cubs Fan, “Take Me Out to the Ball Game” singer at Wrigley Field
- John Cusack – Star of “Eight Men Out”
- Rosie O’Donnell – Co-star of “A League of Their Own”
“It’s a strong and deserving class of nominees for the Irish American Baseball Hall of Fame this year. All of these men — and one woman — have made significant contributions to the game,” said Shaun Clancy, owner of Foley’s, which features one of the country’s most extensive public displays of baseball memorabilia outside of Cooperstown.
With the blessing of the Baseball Hall of Fame, Foley’s, a popular destination among baseball players, executives, umpires and fans, created the Irish American Baseball Hall of Fame to recognize players, managers, executives, journalists, and entertainers of Irish descent. Inductees are chosen based on a combination of factors, including impact on the game, popularity on and off the field, contributions to society, connections to the Irish community, and, of course, ancestry.
The game of baseball has long welcomed immigrants from its earliest days, when an estimated 30 percent of players claimed Irish heritage. Many of the game’s biggest stars at the turn of the 20th century were Irish immigrants or their descendants, including Michael “King” Kelly, Roger Connor (the home run king before Babe Ruth), Eddie Collins, and NY Giants manager John McGraw. Today, major league teams regularly sign players born in Latin America, Japan, Canada, and elsewhere.
Shaun Clancy, an amateur baseball historian, created the Hall after learning about the rich heritage of Irish Americans in the sport dating from its infancy – a legacy that has been overshadowed in recent years by other ethnicities. He decided to celebrate his roots and those who helped make the game great by creating a shrine to Irish Americans in baseball in 2008.