|Belfast Team 2|
The Dukes won the first Irish Baseball League season in 1997. The League started after a number of Softball players wanted something more competitive and started practicing Baseball, a then sent a team to the European Baseball Championships in Hull, England in 1996.
Peter O’Malley, the Irish-American owner of the Major League Los Angeles Dodgers donated $100,000 to develop the field at Corkagh Park into a proper Baseball Field and the League was born. Six teams entered the League that year – four from Dublin and two from Belfast – and after the season was over it was decided to start afresh with new teams and an all-players draft.
|The Dukes||O’Malley Baseball Fields, Corkagh Park, Clondalkin, Dublin 22|
|The Colts||O’Malley Baseball Fields, Corkagh Park, Clondalkin, Dublin 22|
|The Chiefs||O’Malley Baseball Fields, Corkagh Park, Clondalkin, Dublin 22|
|The Dodgers||O’Malley Baseball Fields, Corkagh Park, Clondalkin, Dublin 22|
|Belfast North Stars||Belfast|
 O’Toole, Bernie (1997) “It’s a homerun for Irish baseball enthusiats as BERNIE O’TOOLE finds them batting in style | A minority sport” Evening Herald Thursday, June 19, 1997. pg. 22.
 Boston Irish (2008) Baseball in Ireland, really? The lowdown on Baseball in Ireland [Internet] Available from: http://irishbaseballseason.blogspot.com/2007/05/baseball-in-ireland-really-low-down-on.html [Accessed 29 July 2019]
Thanks to Peter Kavanagh, Baseball Ireland & Peter Mullin, Dublin Black Sox
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