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Belfast NorthStars Baseball Ireland Team 1997-2020

Belfast North Stars Logo [Reference: 1]

Factfile

Baseball Ireland Team 1997-Present

Home Grounds: Hydebank Park Playing Fields, Belfast

Colours: Burgundy & Gold.

Honours: Baseball Ireland B-League Champions in 2016 and Runners-Up 2019. B-League North Pennant winners in 2016 and B-1 League Pennant Winners in 2019. Irish Baseball League Trophy Champions 2005.

All-Time Record: (Wins-Losses-Forfeits) All Games (189-351-19) Regular Season: (275-336-19); Post-Season: (13-15). Ulster Baseball Championships: 1-3 (Complete Record Unknown)

Year-by-Year Record

YearLeaguePWLFFPtsPosPWPLChpIWILIC
1997
1998
1999IBL121110145
2000IBL
2001IBL
2002IBL12381195
2003IBL144100266010
2004IBL181170515
2005IBL7250137
2005IBL Trophy8620262
2006A131111146
2007A17574225
2008A1519586
2009A160133105
2010A15870394
2011A15411027411SF
2012A153111226
2013A1596042301PO
2014A1569033401PO
2015B North208120484136th UBC
2016B North22202082141B Chp
2017B 18126054212SF
2018B18106244402SF
2019B1 20153241133F
2020DNC
[References: 2-74]

Legend

KeyExplanation
DivDivision
IBLIrish Baseball League
ChampChampionship (2nd Half Top Group)
TrophyTrophy (2nd Half Bottom Group)
ABaseball Ireland A-League
BBaseball Ireland B-League
PPlayed
WWon
LLost
FFForfeit
PtsPoints
PosFinal League/Division Position
ChpFinal Playoff Position
WWinners
FFinalists
SFSemi-Finalists
POKnocked Out in Playoff Round
UBCUlster Baseball Championships

History

One of the original Irish Baseball league teams in 1997, the Belfast NorthStars travelled down to Dublin to play in the early years, before a permanent Home Ground was built in Hydebank Park in Belfast. They reached the Irish Baseball League Playoffs in 2003 and Trophy Playoffs in 2005, winning the second level Championship. They qualified for the Baseball Ireland A-League Playoffs in 2011, 2013 and 2014. They dropped down to the B-League in 2015. Their greatest achievement is winning the All-Ireland Championship in 2016, defeating the Dublin City Hurricanes B. They won the B-1 League Pennant and Championship in 2019, but lost the B-League Final. The NorthStars were B-1 League Pennant Winners and Runners-Up in the B League Playoffs in 2019 but did not compete in a COVID-virus-shortened 2020 season.

Home Ground: Hydebank Park Playing Fields, Belfast

Images

[1] Belfast North Stars Twitter Profile (2020) Profile Picture [Internet] Available from: https://pbs.twimg.com/profile_images/378800000271538121/e6476e623da23b987667e514c64569a3_400x400.jpeg [Accessed 25 August 2020]

Blogs

[2] Boston Irish (2008) The Lowdown on Baseball in Ireland [Internet] Available from: http://irishbaseballseason.blogspot.com/2007/05/baseball-in-ireland-really-low-down-on.html [Accessed 28 November 2019]

Internet Archive

[3] 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

[4] (2008) Chetwynd, Josh. Baseball in Europe: A Country by Country History. pg. 276. North Carolina and London.

Sources

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

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

Internet Archive

[7] 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]

[8] 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]

[9] 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]

[10] 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]

[11] 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

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

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

Websites

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

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

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

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

[19] 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]

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

[21] 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

[22] 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]

[23] 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]

[24] 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]

[25] 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]

[26] – 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]

[27] 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]

[28] 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]

[29] 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]

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

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

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

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

[34] 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]

[35] 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]

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

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

[38] 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]

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

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

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

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

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

[45] 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]

[46] 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

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

[48] 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]

[49] Baseball Ireland (2019) Playoff Fixtures [Internet] Available from: http://www.baseballireland.com/schedule_new.php?

Internet Archive

[50] Belfast Baseball | Internet Archive (2015) Ulster Baseball Championship 2015 [Internet] Available from: https://web.archive.org/web/20151109180643/http://belfastnorthstars.wix.com/northstars2 [Accessed 4 April 2020]

[51] Belfast Baseball | Internet Archive (2015) Ulster Baseball Championship 2015 Schedule [Internet] Available from: https://web.archive.org/web/20151109180643/http://belfastnorthstars.wix.com/northstars2 [Accessed 4 April 2020]

Social Media

[52] Baseball Ireland Facebook (2015) Post to Page by Peadar O,Caomhanaigh, June 22, 2015:”Congratulations to Jose Angel Santos and Jon Carter and all the Belfast Northstars BaseballBelfast Buccaneers Baseball Club and Belfast Hornets Baseball Club on a wonderful weekend at the Ulster Open Baseball Championship 2015.” [Internet] Available from: https://www.facebook.com/groups/51106610873/permalink/10153352797790874/ [Accessed 4 April 2020]

[53] Baseball Scotland Facebook (2015) Post, June 20, 2015:”Team Scotland end the day undefeated as we beat Liverpool 7 to 2.” [Internet] Available from: https://www.facebook.com/BaseballScotland/posts/847365682024119 [Accessed 4 April 2020]

[54] Baseball Scotland Facebook (2015) Post, June 20, 2015:”Team Scotland ends the game 4 to 4 to the Dublin Spartans. Spartans come back to tie it in the last inning.” [Internet] Available from: https://www.facebook.com/BaseballScotland/posts/847312685362752 [Accessed 4 April 2020]

[55] Baseball Scotland Facebook (2015) Post, June 20, 2015:”Team Scotland takes first game versus Belfast North Stars 9 to 0. Team manager Jason Derr throws a shutout and the team batted around in the top of the fifth scoring 8 to put the game away.” [Internet] Available from:https://www.facebook.com/BaseballScotland/posts/847219225372098 [Accessed 4 April 2020]

[56] Belfast Northstars Baseball Facebook (2015) Post, March 25, 2015:”Ulster Open Baseball Championship, weekend of June 20th-21st. Official team Line-ups,” [Internet] Available from: https://www.facebook.com/NorthstarsBB/posts/651458121626116 [Accessed 27 March 2020]

[57] Dublin City Hurricanes Baseball Club Facebook (2015) Post, June 20, 2015:”Game 1: Hurricanes 13 Cavan 1″ [Internet] Available from: https://www.facebook.com/DublinCityHurricanes/posts/888161297922339 [Accessed 4 April 2020]

[58] Liverpool Trojans Facebook (2015) Post, June 19, 2015:”Trojans advance party in Belfast ahead of this weekend’s Ulster Baseball Championships .” [Internet] Available from: https://www.facebook.com/liverpooltrojans/photos/a.222075011136165/999129550097370/?type=3&theater [Accessed 3 April 2020]

[59] Tonbridge Baseball Club Facebook (2015) Post, June 20, 2015:”Tonbridge 9 – Cavan Comets 9″ [Internet] Available from: https://www.facebook.com/tonbridgebaseball/posts/890880274306956 [Accessed 4 April 2020]

[60] Tonbridge Baseball Club Facebook (2015) Post, June 20, 2015:”Tonbridge 2-Belfast Bucs 5″ [Internet] Available from: https://www.facebook.com/tonbridgebaseball/posts/890831087645208 [Accessed 4 April 2020]

[61] Baseball Scotland Facebook (2015) Post, June 21, 2015:”Team Scotland drop the game to the Dublin Hurricanes 3 to 1. Playing for 3rd place.” [Internet] Available from: https://www.facebook.com/BaseballScotland/posts/847803961980291 [Accessed 4 April 2020]

[62] Baseball Scotland Facebook (2015) Post, June 21, 2015:”Team Scotland wins a nail biter against the Belfast Hornets. Final score 4 to 3 and take 3rd place in the Ulster Open.” [Internet] Available from: https://www.facebook.com/BaseballScotland/posts/847944721966215 [Accessed 4 April 2020]

[63] Dublin Spartans Baseball Club Facebook (2015) Post to Page by Alan Fox, June 21, 2015:”” [Internet] Available from: https://www.facebook.com/groups/dublinspartans/permalink/10155772142010381/ [Accessed 4 April 2020]

[64] Liverpool Trojans Facebook (2015) Post, June 21, 2015:”Trojans Triumph on Day 2 of the Ulster Baseball Championships! “ [Internet] Available from: https://www.facebook.com/liverpooltrojans/photos/a.222075011136165/1000386869971638/?type=3&theater[Accessed 3 April 2020]

[65] Tonbridge Baseball Club Facebook (2015) Post, June 21, 2015:”Tonbridge 4 – Belfast North Stars 8″ [Internet] Available from: https://www.facebook.com/tonbridgebaseball/posts/891285060933144 [Accessed 4 April 2020]

[66] Tonbridge Baseball Club Facebook (2015) Post, June 21, 2015:”Tonbridge 8 – Liverpool Trojans 9″ [Internet] Available from: https://www.facebook.com/tonbridgebaseball/photos/a.572380792823574/891369600924690/?type=3 [Accessed 4 April 2020]

[67] Tonbridge Baseball Club Facebook (2015) Post, June 21, 2015:”Tonbridge 2 – Dublin Hurricanes 19″ [Internet] Available from: https://www.facebook.com/tonbridgebaseball/posts/890948200966830 [Accessed 4 April 2020]

[68] Comets Baseball Facebook (2015) Post, June 21, 2015:”Great team performance by the Comets at the Ulster Baseball Open this weekend- winning 3 out of 5 games – beating Liverpool, the Belfast North Stars & Tonbridge (London) …” [Internet] Available from: https://www.facebook.com/Cavan.Comets/posts/916346698406978 [Accessed 5 April 2020]

Images

[69] Ulster Open Baseball Championships (2015) Post to Page by Jon Carter, June 19, 2015:”The clock is ticking, less than 12 hours to go guy & gals! Really hope your all ready for this, it will be EPIC!!!” [Internet] Available from: https://scontent-dub4-1.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t1.0-9/10527540_10153520892356454_8538585337183442953_n.jpg?_nc_cat=111&_nc_sid=02d79f&_nc_ohc=SEM1N35kvC8AX9qzqU9&_nc_ht=scontent-dub4-1.xx&oh=2df60e14acebed902c61c21cf871bb54&oe=5EB00E54 [Accessed 4 April 2020]

[70] Dublin City Hurricanes Baseball Club Facebook (2015) Post, June 22, 2015:”Champions — in Belfast, United Kingdom.” [Internet] Available from: https://www.facebook.com/DublinCityHurricanes/photos/a.804799506258519/889208441150958/?type=3&theater [Accessed 4 April 2020]

[71] Dublin City Hurricanes Baseball Club Facebook (2015) Post, June 23, 2015:”Paolo Barbero wins Home Run King award at Ulster Invitational at #Belfast [Internet] Available from: https://www.facebook.com/DublinCityHurricanes/photos/a.804799506258519/889751804429955/?type=3&theater [Accessed 4 April 2020]

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

[73] 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]

[74] 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 Dr. Jose A. Santos (Baseball Ireland).

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Last Updated: 11 June 2021

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