American Baseball in Ireland

Visiting US and Canadian Baseball Teams

Major League Baseball Tours; US Sailors and Soldiers WWI; Northern Ireland Baseball League WWII; Re-enactments#

In 1874, Major League Baseball teams visited Ireland for the earliest recorded Baseball match in Ireland, and, naturally enough, given the links between the countries, Ireland, along with France and Britain got the biggest promotion of Baseball when teams toured Europe during the era leading up to the First World War.

Major League Baseball in Ireland (Years):

Major League Baseball in Ireland – Boston Red Stockings v Philadelphia Athletics 1874

Major League Baseball in Ireland – Chicago White Stockings Tour of Ireland 1889

During the First World War, teams of American and Canadian soldiers and sailors, stationed in Ireland for the duration, or visiting the shores of Ireland, played Baseball matches in aid of War Charities.

US teams Visiting Ireland (Years):

Baseball Internationals in Ireland – America v Canada 1917

International Baseball in Ireland – USS Trippe 7 USS Melville 6 – 1917

From 1942, when US Soldiers, Navy & Airmen stationed in Northern Ireland during World War II played in the Northern Ireland Baseball League and 8th US Air Corps Baseball Championship, to the Youth Baseball Championships played in Waterford & Dublin in the 1960s (The Irish Baseball Association) and Donegal (The Donegal Baseball & Softball Association) there have been Baseball Leagues in Ireland.

8th US Air Corps v NIBL Championship Series (Seasons): 1943

Northern Ireland Baseball League (Seasons): 1943 1942 

8th US Air Corps Baseball Championship (Seasons): 1943

In addition to the Northern Ireland Baseball League during WWII, there have been exhibition matches played by American and Canadian Soldiers and Sailors stationed in Ireland during WWI or visiting Irish shores. There has also been reenactments of famous Baseball matches, including the Amateur World Series of 1903, which was re-enacted on the 100th anniversary in Drum, Co. Roscommon, featuring relatives of players involved.

Re-enactments

Baseball Amateur World Series (1903) Re-enactment 2003

International Baseball in Ireland – US Navy Exhibition Match (1917) Re-enactment 2017

Picture Credit: [4] O’Hare, Eddie (2017) “Adrian Kelly of Baseball Ireland and Nicole Dehnel recreating the 1917 Baseball picture at the Cricket Grounds in Cork” Irish Examiner. Wednesday, July 26, 2017. [Internet] Available from: https://www.irishexaminer.com/remote/media.central.ie/media/images/m/MardykeBaseballMatchJul17A_large.jpg?width=648&s=ie-455663 [Accessed 28 July 2017]