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Expansion Timeline 1961-present

NumberTeamYears Active
Irish Baseball Association Era
1Tramore Sea Lions1961-1962
2Waterford Walruses1961-1962
3Dublin Baseball Club1964-1966
4Waterford Baseball Club1964-1966
5Boys Brigade1989
6Confederates1989
7Belfast Team 11997
8Belfast Team 21997
9Chiefs1997
10Colts1997
11Dodgers1997
12Dukes1997
Irish Baseball League Era
13Panthers1998-2005
14Dublin Spartans1998-present
15Dublin City Hurricanes1998-present
16Belfast North Stars1998-present
17DiMaggios1999-2000
18Dublin Black Sox2000-2017
19Blue Devils2000-2005
20Greystones Mariners2002-present
21Tigers2003-2005
22Belfast Wolves2004-2006
23Trojans2004-2005
24Giants2005
Baseball Ireland A-League Era
25Twins United2006-2007
26Dublin City Indios2008
27Cork Druids2008
28Munster Warriors2009-2013
29Cavan Comets2010-present
30West Clare Dolphins2010-2016
31Ashbourne Giants2014-present
32Dublin Tigers2014
33Belfast Buccaneers2015-present
34Belfast Hornets2015
35Ulster Red Sox2017-2018
36Ashbourne Stags2019-present
Baseball-Softball Ireland Era
37Cork Cosmos2020-present
Irish Baseball League expansion 1997-present [Ref: 1-57]

B-Team Expansion Timeline 2006-present

NumberTeamsYears Active
1Dublin Black Sox B2006-2016
2Dublin Spartans B2006-present
3Greystones Mariners B2006-present
4Dublin City Hurricanes B2007-present
5Belfast North Stars B2013-2014
6Dublin Tigers B2014
7Ashbourne Giants B2018
8Ashbourne Giants U212019-present
Irish Baseball League B-team expansion 2006-present [Ref: 1-57]

Report

The first Irish Baseball Association was started in 1961 with teams in Tramore (Sea Lions) and Waterford (Walruses). The Tramore team lasted two seasons, and in 1964 a Dublin Baseball Club was formd, which played a series of matches between then and 1966 against the Waterford Baseball Club. In 1989, another Association – the Donegal Baseball & Softball Association – started up in the North West. There were two Baseball teams: the Confederates and Boys Brigade, based in Letterkenny. These Associations and teams were for 12-18 years olds.

The Irish Baseball League was started in 1997 after the opening of the O’Malley Baseball Fields in Corkagh Park in Dublin (named after the Irish owner of the Los Angeles Dodgers who donated $100,000 towards the building of the facility).

The first League featured five teams: Chiefs, Colts, Dodgers, Dukes and Belfast, and it was decided after the season to start afresh with all-new teams and a players draft.

In 1998 the first new teams were formed: Panthers, Spartans, Hurricanes and Belfast North Stars. In 1999 the DiMaggios (an Italian team) were added, and in 2000 Black Sox and Blue Devils. DiMaggios folded after the 2000 season. In 2002 Greystones Mariners were added, and in 2003 Tigers (a Cuban team). in 2004 the Trojans and Belfast Wolves were added. In 2005 the Giants became the 10th team, and in 2006 it was decided that the less successful teams (Panthers, Trojans, Giants and Blue Devils) would become B-teams of the Mariners, Black Sox, Hurricanes and Spartans. Tigers folded that year also.

In 2006 the new A-League and B-League were begun, with Twins United a new A-League team, lasting until after the 2007 season. In 2008 Dublin City Indios (a Mexican team) entered the A-League and the Cork Druids became the first team in Munster. The Druids were replaced in 2009 by the Munster Warriors, a combined Cork-Limerick team based in Limerick, and the Indios folded before the season began.

In 2010 Cavan Comets and West Clare Dolphins were added, leaving only Connacht unrepresented. The Munster Warriors folded after the 2013 season, and the Ashbourne Giants, from Co. Meath were added in 2014, along with the Dublin Tigers (a Venezuelan team). The Dublin Tigers folded midway through the season.

In 2015 the Belfast North stars B team was shelved in favour of a three-club Belfast system, with new teams Belfast Buccaneers and Belfast Hornets added to the B-League. The Hornets only lasted one season, although in 2017, with two belfast teams and the Cavan Comets (also from Ulster) in the B-League, it was decided to form an elite Ulster team from the top players of all three teams to play in the A-League. The Red Sox as they became known as, were based in Clones, Co. Monaghan.

In 2019 the Ashbourne Giants folded their B-team and replaced it with the Ashbourne Stags and an U21 team. After Baseball Ireland and Softball Ireland were merged in 2020 to form Baseball Softball Ireland, a new team in Munster, the Cork Cosmos emerged.

All Irish Baseball Leagues have been for players aged 12 and up, with Women allowed play.

References:

Sources

[1] Anon. (1961) “Tramore Baseball Game | Sea Lions defeat Walruses”. Munster Express. Friday, September 8, 1961. pg. 13.

[2] Anon. (1961) “Tramore Sea Lions Baseball Champions”. Waterford News and Star. Tuesday, September 5, 1961. pg. 5.

[3] Anon. (1961) Picture footnote. Munster Express. Friday, July 28, 1961. pg. 13.

[4] Anon. (1962) “Waterford are Baseball Champions for 1962”. Munster Express. Friday, September 7, 1962. pg. 10.

[5] Anon. (1963) “Tramore Notes : If Present Plans Materialise” Munster Express. Friday, July 26, 1963. pg. 4.

[6] Anon. (1964) “Baseball | Explosions misfired” Waterford News and Star. Friday, September 25, 1964. pg. 13.

[7] Anon. (1966) “Baseball At Top Level | Colour Film of World Series for Waterford” Munster Express. Friday, August 19, 1966. pg. 18.

[8] Anon. (1966) “Baseball | Waterford Bows to Dublin” Munster Express Friday, October 7, 1966. pg. 19.

[9] Anon. (1988) “Baseball | Confederates just hang on in Final.” Donegal Democrat. Friday, November 4, 1988. pg. 26.

[10] 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.

Websites

[2] 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]

Internet Archive

[2] Panthers Baseball Club | ETeamz | Wayback Machine (2003) Irish Baseball History So Far [Internet] Available from: https://web.archive.org/web/20030907212205/http://www.eteamz.com/panthers-irl/news/index.cfm?id=717896&cat=150587 [Accessed 28 November 2019]

Bibliography

[14] (2008) Chetwynd, Josh. Baseball in Europe: A Country by Country History. pg. 276. North Carolina and London.

Sources

[21] Anon. (2003) “Spartans crowned in Corkagh”Tallaght Echo. Thursday, October 2, 2003.

[22] Anon. (2003) “Corkagh to host a cracker”Tallaght Echo. Thursday, September 25, 2003.

Internet Archive

[3] Internet Archive – Irish Baseball and Softball Federation (1999) The 1999 Irish Baseball League Schedule [Internet] Available from: http://web.archive.org/web/19991103022901/http://www.ibsf.ie:80/baseball/Baseball_Schedule_99.htm#Top [Accessed 10 August 2017]

[4] Baseball Ireland – Wayback Machine Internet Archive (2003) Adult League [Internet] Available from: https://web.archive.org/web/20030206112504/http://www.baseballireland.com/adult_league.htm [Accessed 24 March 2017]

[5] Baseball Ireland – Wayback Machine Internet Archive (2003) Adult League [Internet] Available from: https://web.archive.org/web/20031001124151/http://www.baseballireland.com/adult_league.htm [Accessed 24 March 2017]

[6] Baseball Ireland – Wayback Machine Internet Archive (2004) Adult League [Internet] Available from: https://web.archive.org/web/20041206085245/http://www.baseballireland.com/adult_league.htm [Accessed 24 March 2017]

[7] Baseball Ireland – Wayback Machine Internet Archive (2005) Adult League [Internet] Available from: https://web.archive.org/web/20050828155124/http://www.baseballireland.com/adult_league.htm [Accessed 24 March 2017]

Sources

[19] Anon. (2008) “Spartans make it three in a row in Irish Championship”Tallaght Echo. Thursday, October 15, 2008.

[20] Anon. (2014) “Bittersweet for Hurricanes in Final”Tallaght Echo. Thursday, October 9, 2014.

Websites

[17] Baseball Ireland (2012) Schedule [Internet] Available from: http://www.baseballireland.com/schedule_new.php?search_year=2012&search_team= [Accessed 21 September 2016]

[18] Baseball Ireland (2017) Fixture & Results – League Tables [Internet] http://www.baseballireland.com/tables.php?search_year=2016 [Accessed 21 September 2016]

[19] Baseball Ireland (2017) Fixture & Results – League Tables [Internet] http://www.baseballireland.com/tables.php?search_year=2017 [Accessed 4 September 2017]

[20] Baseball Ireland (2017) Playoff Results [Internet] Available from: http://www.baseballireland.com/schedule_new.php?league=Playoffs&search_year=2017 [Accessed 25 September 2017]

[21] Tallaght Echo (2016) “Hurricanes successfully defend National crown” [Internet] Available from: http://www.echo.ie/sport/article/hurricanes-successfully-defend-national-crown [Accessed 27 October 2016]

[22] Baseball Ireland (2018) Fixture & Results – League Tables [Internet] http://www.baseballireland.com/tables.php?search_year=2018 [Accessed 17 September 2018]

[23] Baseball Ireland (2018) Fixture & Results – Playoff Fixtures [Internet] http://www.baseballireland.com/schedule_new.php?league=Playoffs&search_year=2018 [Accessed 1 October 2018]

Internet Archive

[8] Baseball Ireland – Wayback Machine Internet Archive (2006) Adult League [Internet] Available from: https://web.archive.org/web/20061026024439/http://www.baseballireland.com/adult_league.htm [Accessed 24 March 2017]

[9] Baseball Ireland – Wayback Machine Internet Archive (2007) Adult League [Internet] Available from: https://web.archive.org/web/20071006034356/http://www.baseballireland.com/adult_league.htm [Accessed 24 March 2017]

[10] Baseball Ireland – Wayback Machine Internet Archive (2008) Adult League [Internet] Available from: https://web.archive.org/web/20081017051201/http://www.baseballireland.com/adult_league.htm [Accessed 24 March 2017]

[11] Baseball Ireland – Wayback Machine Internet Archive (2009) Adult League [Internet] Available from: https://web.archive.org/web/20090926041555/http://www.baseballireland.com/adult_league.htm [Accessed 24 March 2017]

[12] – Wayback Machine Internet Archive (2010) Ladder [Internet] Available from: https://web.archive.org/save/_embed/http://websites.sportstg.com/nfnn/rpt_ladder.cgi?results=N&round=18&client=1-7884-0-108844-0&pool=1 [Accessed 24 March 2017]

[13] Baseball Ireland – Wayback Machine Internet Archive (2011) Adult League [Internet] Available from: https://web.archive.org/web/20110716140650/http://www.baseballireland.com/spulse.html [Accessed 24 March 2017]

[14] Baseball Ireland – Wayback Machine Internet Archive (2013) 2013 League Tables [Internet] Available from: http://web.archive.org/web/20131015095707/http://www.baseballireland.com/tables.php?search_year=2013 [Accessed 19 June 2018]

[15] Baseball Ireland – Wayback Machine Internet Archive (2014) 2014 League Tables [Internet] Available from: http://web.archive.org/web/20141219024651/http://www.baseballireland.com/tables.php?search_year=2014 [Accessed 19 June 2018]

[16] Baseball Ireland – Wayback Machine Internet Archive (2015) 2015 League Tables [Internet] Available from: http://web.archive.org/web/20150925005924/http://www.baseballireland.com/tables.php?search_year=2015 [Accessed 1 March 2018]

Social Media

[24] Dublin Spartans Facebook Page (2016) Facebook Post [Internet] Available from: https://www.facebook.com/permalink.php?story_fbid=1308998669133659 [Accessed 27 October 2016]

[25] Dublin Spartans Facebook Page (2016) Facebook Post [Internet] Available from: https://www.facebook.com/dublinspartans/posts/1758906561024919 [Accessed 27 October 2016]

[26] Dublin Spartans Facebook Page (2016) Facebook Post [Internet] Available from: https://www.facebook.com/dublinspartans/posts/1759225940992981 [Accessed 27 October 2016]

Websites

[27] Baseball Ireland (2019) League Tables [Internet] Available from: http://www.baseballireland.com/tables.php?search_year=2019 [Accessed 9 September 2019]

[28] Baseball Ireland (2019) Playoff Fixtures [Internet] Available from:http://www.baseballireland.com/schedule_new.php?league=Playoffs&search_year=2019 [Accessed 6 October 2019]

Websites

[29] Baseball Ireland (2017) Baseball Ireland Logo Car Sticker [Internet] http://www.baseballireland.com/images/carsticker.jpg [Accessed 1 May 2017]

[30] Baseball Ireland (2011) Schedule [Internet] Available from: http://www.baseballireland.com/schedule_new.php?search_year=2011&search_team= [Accessed 21 September 2016]

[31] Baseball Ireland (2012) Schedule [Internet] Available from: http://www.baseballireland.com/schedule_new.php?search_year=2012&search_team= [Accessed 21 September 2016]

[32] Baseball Ireland (2013) Schedule [Internet] Available from: http://www.baseballireland.com/schedule_new.php?search_year=2013&search_team= [Accessed 21 September 2016]

[33] Baseball Ireland (2014) Schedule [Internet] Available from: http://www.baseballireland.com/schedule_new.php?search_year=2014&search_team= [Accessed 21 September 2016]

[34] Baseball Ireland (2015) Schedule [Internet] Available from: http://www.baseballireland.com/schedule_new.php?search_year=2015&search_team= [Accessed 21 September 2016]

[35] Baseball Ireland (2017) Fixture & Results – League Tables [Internet] http://www.baseballireland.com/tables.php?search_year=2016 [Accessed 21 September 2016]

[36] Baseball Ireland (2017) Fixture & Results – League Tables [Internet] http://www.baseballireland.com/tables.php?search_year=2017 [Accessed 4 September 2017]

[37] Baseball Ireland (2017) Playoff Results [Internet] Available from: http://www.baseballireland.com/schedule_new.php?league=Playoffs&search_year=2017 [Accessed 25 September 2017]

[38] Belfast Times (2016) BASA Update – Northstars draw first blood [Internet] Available from: http://www.belfasttimes.co.uk/basa-update-northstars-draw-first-blood/ [Accessed 27 October 2016]

[39] Tallaght Echo (2016) “Hurricanes successfully defend National crown” [Internet] Available from: http://www.echo.ie/sport/article/hurricanes-successfully-defend-national-crown [Accessed 27 October 2016]

[40] Belfast North Stars Facebook Page (2016) Facebook Post [Internet] Available from: https://www.facebook.com/NorthstarsBB/posts/930378163734109 [Accessed 27 October 2016]

[41] Belfast North Stars Facebook Page (2016) Facebook Post [Internet] Available from: https://www.facebook.com/NorthstarsBB/posts/919785874793338 [Accessed 27 October 2016]

[42] Belfast North Stars Facebook Page (2016) Facebook Post [Internet] Available from: https://www.facebook.com/permalink.php?story_fbid=1308998669133659&id=111542168879321 [Accessed 27 October 2016]

[43] Dublin Spartans Facebook Page (2016) Facebook Post [Internet] Available from: https://www.facebook.com/dublinspartans/posts/1759331540982421 [Accessed 27 October 2016]

[44] Dublin Spartans Facebook Page (2016) Facebook Post [Internet] Available from: https://www.facebook.com/dublinspartans/posts/1758906561024919 [Accessed 27 October 2016]

[45] Dublin Spartans Facebook Page (2016) Facebook Post [Internet] Available from: https://www.facebook.com/dublinspartans/posts/1759225940992981 [Accessed 27 October 2016]

[46] Baseball Ireland (2017) Fixture & Results – League Tables [Internet] http://www.baseballireland.com/tables.php?search_year=2018 [Accessed 17 September 2018]

[47] Baseball Ireland (2018) Fixture & Results – Playoff Fixtures [Internet] http://www.baseballireland.com/schedule_new.php?league=Playoffs&search_year=2018 [Accessed 1 October 2018]

[48] Greystones Mariners Facebook Page (2018) Post September 16 2018: “The Mariners B advanced to the B League Finals yesterday after sweeping the Belfast Northstars 14-7 and 13-6 in a dramatic 9 inning game!” [Internet] Available from: https://www.facebook.com/GreystonesMariners/posts/1799078143479706 [Accessed 1 October 2018]

Internet Archive

[49] Baseball Ireland – Wayback Machine Internet Archive (2006) Adult League [Internet] Available from: https://web.archive.org/web/20061026024439/http://www.baseballireland.com/adult_league.htm [Accessed 24 March 2017]

[50] Baseball Ireland – Wayback Machine Internet Archive (2007) Adult League [Internet] Available from: https://web.archive.org/web/20071006034356/http://www.baseballireland.com/adult_league.htm [Accessed 24 March 2017]

[51] Baseball Ireland – Wayback Machine Internet Archive (2008) Adult League [Internet] Available from: https://web.archive.org/web/20081017051201/http://www.baseballireland.com/adult_league.htm [Accessed 24 March 2017]

[52] Baseball Ireland – Wayback Machine Internet Archive (2009) Adult League [Internet] Available from: https://web.archive.org/web/20090926041555/http://www.baseballireland.com/adult_league.htm [Accessed 24 March 2017]

[53] Baseball Ireland – Wayback Machine Internet Archive (2011) Adult League [Internet] Available from: https://web.archive.org/web/20110716140650/http://www.baseballireland.com/spulse.html [Accessed 24 March 2017]

[54] Baseball Ireland – Wayback Machine Internet Archive (2015) 2015 League Tables [Internet] Available from: http://web.archive.org/web/20150925005924/http://www.baseballireland.com/tables.php?search_year=2015 [Accessed 1 March 2018]

Websites

[55] Baseball Ireland (2019) League Tables [Internet] Available from: http://www.baseballireland.com/tables.php?search_year=2019 [Accessed 9 September 2019]

[56] Baseball Ireland (2019) B League Fixtures [Internet] Available from: http://www.baseballireland.com/schedule_new.php?league=B&search_year=2019 [Accessed 9 September 2019]

[57] Baseball Ireland (2019) Playoff Fixtures [Internet] Available from: http://www.baseballireland.com/schedule_new.php?league=Playoffs&search_year=2019 [Accessed 6 October 2019]

Acknowledgements

Thanks to Peter Kavanagh, Baseball Ireland & Peter Mullin, Dublin Black Sox, Gabriel McCloyne (Donegal) and Hugh Mulcahy.

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Researched, compiled and written by Enda Mulcahy for the

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Last Updated: 6 March 2020

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