Baseball

The Eirball Baseball Index Page covers the All-Time Results and Standings of the various Baseball, Softball and Little League competitions in Ireland and the Irish Abroad. It is an ongoing project and covers Baseball Ireland; International Baseball; Baseball Teams, Players and Records; Little League Baseball; Softball Ireland Cups; Female Softball Leagues; Softball Leinster; Softball Ulster; Softball Munster; Connacht Softball; Weekend Softbal Leagues; International Softball; Fastpitch Softball Leagues; Intervarsity Softball; Softball Business Leagues; Indoor Softball; Softball Blitzes; Softball Teams; World Baseball; Major League Baseball; Minor League Baseball; Independent Baseball; College Summer Leagues; College Baseball; Professional Softball and World Softball.

Baseball Ireland

This is the Eirball Index Page to All-Time Results and Standings of the Irish Baseball League and other Baseball Leagues in Ireland such as the WW2 League among US and Canadian Soldiers stationed in Northern Ireland for the duration of the War.

Header Picture Credit: [1] Baseball Ireland (2019) Spartans 2004 All-Ireland League Champions [Internet] Available from: http://www.baseballireland.com/images/spartans_2004_champs.jpg [Accessed 2 December 2019]

Irish Baseball League

Irish Baseball League 1997-2005; Baseball Ireland A-League and B-League 2006-Present

In mid-1990s a few Leinster Softball players wanted something more competitive and atarted the first Irish Baseball League in 1997. With funding from the Irish-American owner of the Los Angeles Dodgers Major League Baseball team, a puropse-built Baseball Diamond was made in Corkagh Park, Clondalkin, Dublin 22, including a Little League field, and the League has been in existence since, celebrating its 25th anniverary in 2021.

Irish Baseball League (Standings)

Irish Baseball League 1997-2005

Baseball Ireland A-League 2006-2020

Baseball Ireland B-League 2006-2020

Irish Baseball League Results

Irish Baseball & Softball Federation – Irish Baseball League (Seasons):

1997 1998 1999 2000 2001  2002 2003 2004 2005

Baseball Ireland A-League Seasons:

2006 2007  2008 2009  2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015  2016 2017  2018 2019 2020

Baseball Ireland B-League Seasons:

2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020

Picture Credit: [2] Baseball Ireland (2017) News- 24th September 2017 – Champions – Dublin City Hurricanes [Internet] Available from: http://www.baseballireland.com/news.php#240 [Accessed 20 October 2017]

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Irish Baseball Leagues 1942-1988

WW2 US Armed Forces Leagues 1942-1943; Cadet Baseball Leagues 1961-1988

Baseball has been played in Ireland since the first visiting American Major League teams in the 1870s, and the first Leagues in Ireland were played by American and Canadian Baseball playersstationed in Northern Ireland during the Second World War. In the 1960s the Youth first teams in Ireland were formed in Dublin and Waterford, and the Irish Baseball Association was formed by these teams. In 1982 the first Dublin Softball League (Softball is a recreational version of Baseball) season was played (the League is still in existence as the Leinster Softball League) 1988 the Donegal Baseball and Softball Association played a Youth Baseball season.

Cadet Baseball Leagues Finals

Irish Baseball Association | Championship 1961-1966

Cadet Baseball Leagues Results

Donegal Baseball & Softball Asociation (Seasons): 1988

Irish Baseball Association (Seasons): 1961

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.

Northern Ireland Baseball League 1942-1943

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

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International Baseball

From the 1879s when Major League Baseball teams first toured Ireland to US and Canadian Soldiers and Sailors playing in Ireland during WWI and WWII; the first Ireland National Baseball Team’s European Championship tournaments; the Ireland National Baseball Teams Tours of North America; the International Tournaments hosted by Ireland in Corkagh Park, Ashbourne and Belfast; to anniversary re-enactments of famous baseball matches and the Ulster Buccaneers entries in the Men’s Senior Baseball League Amateur World Series there is almost 150 years of International Baseball history in Ireland or involving Irish teams.

Ireland Tours of North America

Baseball Ireland National Team

Baseball Ireland National Team | Tours of North America 2001-2017

North American Tours (Years):

New England 2001 

Southern California 2005 

Rhode Island 2010 

New York 2012 

Kitchener-Waterloo (Ontario) 2017

Picture Credit:   [2] Baseball Ireland (2017) Baseball Ireland Logo Car Sticker [Internet] http://www.baseballireland.com/images/carsticker.jpg [Accessed 1 May 2017]

Confederation of European Baseball

CEB European Championships; CEB European Junior Championships

Confederation of European Baseball | European Championship Seniors | B-Pool 1996-2004

Confederation of European Baseball | European Baseball Championship Qualifiers 2006-2013

Confederation of European Baseball |European Championships C-Pool 2014-2018

CEB European Championship B-Pool (Years): 1996 1998 2000 2002 2004

CEB European Championship Qualifiers (Years): 2006 2008 2011

CEB European Championship B-Level (Years): 2013

CEB European Championship C-Pool (Years): 2014 2016 2018

CEB European Championship Juniors (Years): 2017

Picture Credit: [8] Confederation of European Baseball (2016) CEB Logo [Internet] Available from: http://www.baseballeurope.com/files/image/ydapytu91391957460.png [Accessed 11 November 2016]

Baseball Ireland International Tournaments

Dublin International Baseball Tournament; Rota Series, The Gathering; Ashbourne International Baseball Festival; Ulst

Baseball Ireland | Dublin International Baseball Tournament 2002-2008

Baseball Ireland | Rota Series International Tournaments 2011-2014

Dublin International Baseball Tournament: 2002 2003 2004 2006 2007

Rota Series / The Gathering: 2011 2012 2013

Ashbourne International Baseball Festival: 2017 2018 2019

Ulster Open Baseball Championships: 2015

Picture Credit: [3] Wayback Machine – Baseball Ireland (2003) 2003_dit_champs [Internet] Available from: http://web.archive.org/web/20031105171102im_/http://www.baseballireland.com/images/2003_dit_champs.jpg %5BAccessed 3 November 2020]

Men’s Senior Baseball League

MSBL Amateur World Series

Men’s Senior Baseball League  Amateur World Series (35+ / 40+ Age Group):

2019 2017 

Picture Credit: [10] MSBL (2019) MSBL Logo [Internet] Available from: https://secureservercdn.net/198.71.233.104/ubm.d2a.myftpupload.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/11/msbl-logo.jpg [Accessed 30 November 2019]

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]

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Rounders-Baseball Internationals

Rounders-Baseball; Rounders-Softball

Rounders-Softball Club Internationals

Rounders-Softball Club Internationals Lakelands GAA v Leinster Softball 1982

Rounders-Softball Club Internationals Skryne GAA Tour of Massachusetts 1982

Rounders-Baseball Club Internationals:

Rounders-Baseball International Rules 2008

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Baseball Ireland Teams, Players and Records

The first Irish Baseball League season took place in 1997 with four teams. The following year it was decided to start fresh with all-new teams and an all-players draft. The Hurricanes and Spartans, now Dublin City Hurricanes and Dublin Spartans were among those teams and are still (as of 2021) in the Baseball Ireland A-League.

Baseball Ireland Teams

Irish Baseball & Softball Federation 1997-2005; Baseball Ireland 2006-Present

Belfast North Stars 1997-Present

Chiefs 1997

Colts 1997

Dodgers 1997

Dukes 1997

Dublin City Hurricanes 1998-Present

Dublin Spartans 1998-Present

Panthers 1998-2005

DiMaggios 1999

Tigers 2003-2004

Dublin City Indios 2008

Dublin Tigers 2014

Picture Credit: [33] Baseball Ireland (2017) News- 24th September 2017 – Champions – Dublin City Hurricanes [Internet] Available from: http://www.baseballireland.com/news.php#240 [Accessed 20 October 2017]

Irish Baseball Players

American League; National League; Federal League; Negro Leagues

Major League Baseball | Irish Players:

Major League Baseball | 48 Irish Born MLB Players

P.J. Conlon | Irish Born Major League & Minor League Baseball Player 2015-2018

Picture Credit: [2] MiLB (2019) P.J. Conlon | Photo [Internet] Available from: http://www.milb.com/images/664869/generic/180×270/664869.jpg [Accessed 29 August 2019]

Irish Baseball League Awards & Records

Irish Baseball League Awards; IBL Timeline

Baseball Ireland Irish Baseball League Awards (Seasons):

2018

Timelines

Irish Baseball League Expansion 1961-present

Picture Credit: [22] 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]

Little League Baseball

Little League is Children’s Baseball. It is played on a smaller field and games are usually four innings long.

Cadet Baseball

Irish Baseball Association; Donegal Baseball & Softball Association; Baseball Ireland

Irish Baseball Association

Irish Baseball Association | Championship 1961-1966

Irish Baseball Championship (12-15 y.o) (Seasons): 1961

Donegal Baseball & Softball Association

Donegal Baseball & Softball Association | Youth Baseball League: 1988

Baseball Ireland

Baseball Ireland | Cadet (13-16 y.o.) (Seasons):

2004 2005 2006 2007 2009

Picture Credit: [1] Little League Ireland | Wayback Machine (2003) Little League Ireland [Logo] [Internet] Available from: https://web.archive.org/web/20040922180759im_/http://www.parkpanthers.littleleagueireland.org/Little%20League%20Ireland.GIF [Accessed 13 January 2020]

Little League

Irish Baseball & Softball Federation; Little League Ireland; Baseball Ireland.

Little League Finals

Baseball Ireland | Little League Finals 2006-2018

Little League Season Results

IBSF Little League (Seasons): 1996

Little League Ireland (seasons): 2003 2004 2005

BBI Little League (9-12. y.o.) (Seasons):

2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 201

BBI Little League Blitzes (9-12 y.o.) (Seasons):

2008 2019

Options Unlimited Summer School Baseball, Flag Football and Basketball (Seasons): 1986

Picture Credit: [6] Mariners Baseball | Facebook (2019) Photo, August 26, 2019: “Mariners little league team celebrating thier Ashbourne blitz victory… “ [Internet] Available from: https://www.facebook.com/MarinersBaseballClub/photos/a.645537192167146/2311785572208958/?type=3&theater [Accessed 6 September 2019]

Softball Ireland Cups

The Softball Ireland National Club Championship (SINCC) is the Premier Slowpitch Softball Competition in Ireland, played between the winners of the Regional Leagues.

The Brian Walshe Cup (Previously the ISA Cup) is second on the Order of Merit and the Irish Open Softball Trophy (IOST) third.

Below this are the Regional (Provincial) Leagues. [Reference: 1]

References: [1] The Baseline – Irish Softball Community | Facebook Group (2020) Colum Lavery’s [Softball Ireland President]Reply to Post by Enda Mulcahy, 12 January 2020 [Internet] Available from: https://www.facebook.com/groups/2272568132795300/permalink/2870358163016291/ [Accessed 12 January 2020]

Softball Ireland National Club Championship

SINCC

Softball Ireland | National Club Championship 2010-2019

SINCC (Seasons):

2010 2011 2015 2016 2017 2019

Picture Credit: [2] Softball Ireland (2019) Dodder Win Softball Ireland National Club Championships [Internet] Available from: http://www.softball.ie/wp-content/uploads/2019/10/IMG_8268.jpg [Accessed 14 October 2019]

Irish Softball Cup

SI Brian Walshe Cup 2008-Present; SI Cup 1995-2007; Irish Softball Championship 1990-1994; Aughinish All-Ireland Challenge 1986-1988

The Softball Ireland Brian Walshe Cup is the Premier Cup Competition in Ireland, played since 2008, and preceded by the Softball Ireland / Irish Softball Association Cup (1995-2007), the Irish Baseball & Softball Association / Federation Softball Championship (1990-1994) and the Aughinish All-Ireland Challenge (1986-1988).

Softball Ireland Cups (All-Time Overview)

Softball Ireland Cups 1986-Present

Softball Ireland Cups (Decade / Era Overview)

Aughinish All Ireland Challenge (Softball) 1986-1988

Irish Softball Championship 1990-1994

Softball Ireland Cup 1995-2007

Softball Ireland Brian Walshe Cup 2008-Present

ISA Championship (Seasons): 1990 1991

IBSA Cup Championship (Seasons): 1992 1993

IBSA 6:4 Cup Competition (Seasons): 1997 1998

ISA Cup (Seasons): 2002 2004 2006

SI Brian Walshe Cup (Seasons): 2017 2018

Picture Credit: [21] Softball Brian Walshe Cup | Facebook (2013) Post / Photo September 10, 2013 “The Brian Walshe Cup Trophy. This is actually Brian’s glove bronzed.” [Internet] Available from: https://scontent-dub4-1.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t31.0-8/s960x960/792331_568649639861228_1976509136_o.jpg?_nc_cat=100&_nc_ohc=r2hMjSVnN0QAX8uQe3r&_nc_ht=scontent-dub4-1.xx&_nc_tp=1002&oh=f4d1af61e3c794838c8dfe21df2c84b4&oe=5E9CC677 [Accessed 16 January 2020]

Irish Open Softball Trophy

IOST

Softball Ireland | Irish Open Softball Trophy 1996-Present

IOST (Seasons): 2006 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2018

Picture Credit: [23] Marlay Softball Facebook Page (2018) Photo | March 5, 2011 | “IOST 2010” [Internet] Available from: https://www.facebook.com/Marlaysoftball/photos/a.188525577853451/188525604520115/?type=3&theater [Accessed 8 December 2018]

Female Softball Leagues

This is the Eirball Index Page to Articles containing the All-Time Results and Standings of Female Softball Leagues in Ireland.

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Female Slowpitch League

Leinster Softball Association Weekend League 1997-2002

The Female Slowpitch League lasted five years from 1997 to 2002 (one year – 2001 – there was no league). After the League ended in 2002 two Fastpitch Teams were created although there is no evidence of any Fastpitch competitions or teams playing until the Fastpitch Ireland programme was started in 2015.

Links to Season Results & Reports

Irish Softball Association | Female Slowpitch League 1997-2002

LSA Female Slowpitch League (Seasons): 2002 1999 1998 1997

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Softball Leinster

The Leinster Softball League is a Coed Slowpitch Softball League in Leinster Province, Ireland. It is currently at a 5:5 Male:Female Ratio although in its early days it was 9:1 Male:Female. There was a Female Slowpitch League from 1997-2002 which was League for Competitive Females from the top Divisions in the Leinster Softball League.

The League started in 1982 as the Dublin Softball League with 5 teams – teams from the US Embassy Marines,  Japanese Embassy Skinny Rats, the Fat Cats (American Businessmen), the Misfits (American Students, Irish Computer Workers and American Businessmen), and one from the Druid’s Chair, Killiney.

In 1990 the first Irish Softball Association was formed, which in 1992 became the Irish Baseball & Softball Association, adding a Second Division. A third Division was added in 1994, and a Fourth in 1996. In 1997 the Female Slowpitch League for Competitive Females was added.In 1998 the IBSA was renamed the Irish Baseball & Softball Federation.

In 2000 a split occurred between the Baseball & Softball Federations, and The Irish Softball Association took over the running of Softball in Ireland. A fifth Coed Division was added that year and in 2001 a Seventh Level, the Men’s Non-Competitive League was added. 2002 was the last year of the Women’s Slowpitch League.

In 2004 the Irish Softball Association was rebranded Softball Ireland, and the number of divisions dropped to four, which were run directly by Softball Ireland.(Softball Ireland 2004-Present)Softball Leinster was reformed in 2011 for the purposes of running the League from 2012 onwards, with the League dropping to three levels.(Softball Leinster 2011-Present)

The most successful clubs over the entire history of the League have been Dodder Dynamoes (the oldest Softball team in Ireland) and Marlay Martyrs (both based in South Dublin suburbs – Marlay in Marlay Park, Rathfarnham (D14) and Dodder Dynamoes originally from Dodder Park, Dartry and now nomadic.

The League is Coed, originally 8:2 Ratio of Men:Women, until it levelled to 5:5 twice – in the late-1990s and in 2017.

Softball Leinster Roll of Honour

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This is a look at the Champions of each of the Levels of the Leinster Softball League with the winning record (W-L-Pts) for each year of the League Champions.

Leinster Softball League | Level 1 Champions 1996-2019

Picture Credit: [23] Marlay Softball Facebook Page (2018) Photo | March 5, 2011 | “IOST 2010” [Internet] Available from: https://www.facebook.com/Marlaysoftball/photos/a.188525577853451/188525604520115/?type=3&theater [Accessed 8 December 2018]

Leinster Softball League Level 1

Dublin Softball League 1982-1985; LSL Division 1 1996-1999; LSL Premier 1 Division 2000-2003; SI Leinster League Premier Division 2004-2011; Softball Leinster Premier Division 2012-2020

Leinster Softball League Level 1 (Standings)

Dublin Softball League 1982-1985

Leinster Softball League | Division 1 1996-1999

Leinster Softball League | Premier 1 Division 2000-2003

Softball Ireland Leinster League Premier Division 2004-2011

Softball Leinster | Premier Division 2012-2019

Dublin Softball League (Seasons): 1982

IBSA Leinster Softball League Division 1 (Seasons): 1994

Leinster Softball Association 1st Division (seasons): 1998 1999

ISA Leinster Softball Association Premier 1 League (Seasons): 2000 2001 2002 2003

Softball Ireland Leinster League Premier Division (Seasons): 2006 2007 2010 2011

SI Softball Leinster Premier Division (Seasons): 2014 2015 2016

SI Softball Leinster Premier League (Seasons): 2017 2018 2019

SI Softball Leinster Premier Division (Seasons): 2020

Picture Credit: [22] Softball Ireland Facebook Page (2018) Facebook Photo September 16 2018: “ The Dodder Dynamoes are the 2018 SINCC Champions beating the Belfast Brawlers 30-9 in Stannaway Park. “ [Internet] Available from: https://scontent-dub4-1.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t1.0-9/41861688_785652385113700_5538906248600092672_o.jpg?_nc_cat=102&_nc_oc=AQlM0cTLYSSjTFEMs9iMgzON0tJG8_62KEevzLgapdDACsTWSoSsj11u1KrgxKC7Mnd_UZOmVy4e1ADhUEdIqbpK&_nc_ht=scontent-dub4-1.xx&oh=f1fa132acde754ad824adf2a660bcb61&oe=5E346E01 [Accessed 14 October 2019]

Leinster Softball League Level 2

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Leinster Softball League Level 2 (Decade / Era Overviews- Final Tables):

Leinster Softball League | Division 2 1996-1999

Leinster Softball League | Premier 2 Division 2000-2003

Softball Ireland Leinster League Division 1 2004-2011

Softball Leinster | Division 1 2012-2019

Softball Leinster Division 1A (Seasons): 2020

Softball Leinster Division 1 (Seasons):  2019 2018 2017 

Picture Credit: [16] Dodder Softball Club Facebook Page (2018) Photo August 29, 2018 [Internet] Available from: https://www.facebook.com/doddersoftballclub/photos/a.711977459147860/775954499416822/?type=3&theater [Accessed 31 August 2018]

Leinster Softball League Level 3

Leinster Softball League Division 3 1996-1999; LSL Senior Division 2000-2003; SILL Division 2 2004-2011; SL Division 2 2012-2020

Leinster Softball League Level 3 (Decade / Era Overviews- Final Tables):

Leinster Softball League | Division 3 1996-1999

Leinster Softball League | Senior Division 2000-2003

Softball Ireland Leinster League Division 2 2004-2011

Softball Leinster | Division 2 2012-2019

Softball Leinster Division 1B (Seasons): 2020

Softball Leinster Division 2 (Seasons): 2019 2018 2017 

Picture Credit: [9] Softball Leinster Facebook (2020) Photo, September 10, 2020 [Internet] Available from : https://scontent-dub4-1.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t1.0-9/119174002_4306852029386367_8163872426280700766_n.jpg?_nc_cat=107&_nc_sid=8bfeb9&_nc_ohc=sCjlxZ26SWsAX_ve7MD&_nc_oc=AQlEap4pyDVcTAFjNxkyHS1H-G184RCYLQPGdphOQPWSmlCoyDRObwHkx61DbVkiIfYv-qLoI4oMheiADYlbYmGS&_nc_ht=scontent-dub4-1.xx&oh=f86b91aa315ecb62e5840a65dbff7cbc&oe=5F8721EA  [Accessed 30 August 2020][Last Accessed 17 September 2020]

Leinster Softball Cups

Leinster Softball Association 5:5 Pennant

Aside from the Leinster Softball League there has also been Leinster Softball Knockout (elimination) Cups, such as the Leinster Championship in the early 1990s and the 5:5 Pennant in the late 1990s. 

Leinster Softball Association | 5:5 Senior Pennant 1998-1999

Leinster Softball Association | 5:5 Junior Pennant 1998-1999

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Softball Ulster

This is the Index Page to Articles featuring the Results and Standings of Softball Ulster Competitions, from the Softball Ulster Summer League in the mid-2000s, to the Ulster Softball League (2008 to Present) and the various Blitzes held in Ulster.

Ulster Softball League

Softball Ulster Co-Ed Slowpitch Mid-Week League 2008-Present

The Ulster Softball League started in 2008, after two seasons of the Softball Ulster Summer League. It has grown from 3 teams in 2008 to a high of 8 teams, and is now back down to five, although the first teams outside of Belfast (Bangor Buccaneers) have started to play in the League recently.

Softball Ulster Overviews:

Softball Ulster League 2015-Present

Ulster Softball League 2008-2014

Softball Ulster League (Seasons): 2020 2019 2018 2017 2016 2013

Softball Ulster Logo [Ref: 1]

References

Images

[1] Twitter Softball Ulster Account (2017) Softball Ulster Logo [Internet] Available from: https://pbs.twimg.com/profile_images/606817177379958785/E6QIL96s.png [Accessed 27 May 2017]

Softball Ulster Blitzes

Softball Ulster Weekend Blitzes 2008-Present

From the Teddy Bears Picnic (hosted by Belfast Cubs) to the SU Start of Season Blitz more recently, Blitzes have been a part of the Softball Ulster Weekend Schedule since the beginning.

Softball Ulster Start of Season Blitz (Seasons): 2018

Softball Ulster Logo [Ref: 1]

References

Images

[1] Twitter Softball Ulster Account (2017) Softball Ulster Logo [Internet] Available from: https://pbs.twimg.com/profile_images/606817177379958785/E6QIL96s.png [Accessed 27 May 2017]

Softball Munster

Softball Munster existed from around 2010 to 2011 when Limerick Originals and Cork Hammerheads were the backbone of a Munster Softball League which also included Galway Tribes, West Clare Dolphins and Kerry Green Sox

Softball Munster

Munster Softball League

Softball Munster:

Munster Softball League 2010-2011

Munster Softball League Seasons:

2010 2011

Picture Credit: [1] Softball Munster | Twitter Account (2019) Softball Munster Logo [Internet] Available from: https://pbs.twimg.com/profile_images/264000237/softball_munster_logo_400x400.gif [Accessed 25 March 2019]

Connacht Softball

Galway Softball is represented by Galway Tribes and Galway Hookers, and there was once a Connacht Softball Association which included Longford Triads.

Galway Softball

Connacht Softball Association; Galway Softball.

Connacht Softball Association:

Connacht Softball Association | Longford Development Blitz 2000-2001

Galway Softball Trophys & Cups:

Connacht Softball | Galway Softball Trophy 2014-2018

Connacht Softball | Galway MVP Cup 2017-2018

Picture Credit: [6] Galway Tribes Softball Club (2019) Post November 2, 2019: That’s a wrap for Ball-O-Ween!” [Internet] Available from: https://scontent-dub4-1.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t1.0-9/76961156_2644714012261875_9164868341695774720_n.jpg?_nc_cat=107&_nc_sid=8bfeb9&_nc_ohc=daCAk8JlGVEAX8XZlpt&_nc_ht=scontent-dub4-1.xx&oh=1a95b7b08d7e43996dd195833f54837f&oe=5FA0F445 [Accessed 4 October 2020]

Weekend Softball Leagues

From time-to-time brief Provincial Leagues or Challenge matches involving teams from Connacht, Munster and Leinster outside of Dublin; as well as Dublin (SL Weekend League and ISA Inter-County Tournament) have been organized. These Leagues, Tournaments or Friendly matches have been separate from the Leinster and Ulster Softball Leagues which have been running since 1990 (LSL) and 2008 (USL) and the brief attempt at a Munster Softball League (2010-11). There has also been Weekend Leagues in Dublin (Gemstorm Winter League) and the Female Slowpitch League (Dublin).

Weekend Softball Leagues

Dublin Bay Challenge Series; Gemstorm Winter League; ISA Inter-County Tournament; Galway-Cork-Limerick-Kerry Friendlies; Softball Leinster Weekend League

Softball Leinster Weekend League

The latest attempt at a League involving teams from outside Dublin – the Softball Leinster Weekend League involved Galway as well as five Dublin teams.

Softball Leinster Weekend League (Seasons): 2020

Cork-Galway-Limerick-Kerry Softball Friendlies

This attempt at organizing regular matches outside Dublin involved Galway Tribes and Cork Hammerheads meeting each other twice a year (home and away) for two matches per weekend. A team from Tralee (Kerry Green Sox ?) joined them in 2009, after which the Munster Softball League including Cork, Galway, Limerick Originals and West Clare Dolphins was established (see https://eirball.ie/munster-softball/ for more details)

West Coast Softball Friendlies (Seasons): 2009

Cork-Galway Softball Friendlies (Seasons): 2008 2007 2006

Inter-County Softball Leagues

The Inter-County Tournament was the first real attempt at organizing a Softball League outside Dublin – teams included Galway Tribes, Galway Hookers, Cork Pirates, Cork Buccaneers, Longford Triads, Bray Allsorts (Wicklow) and two business teams from Dublin (MBNA Mavericks and Japan Bytes Sluggers)

Irish Softball Association Inter-County Tournament (Seasons): 2001

Gemstorm Winter League

The Gemstorm-sponsored Winter League ran from 1999-2000 to 2001-02, with teams named after Big Cats. Trinity College Dublin Tigers and University College Dublin Wildcats joined in 2000-01.

LSA Gemstorm Winter League (Seasons): 2001-02 2000-01 1999-2000

Dublin Bay Challenge Series

The Dublin Bay Challenge Series was a small three-team (originally intended to be four team) Weekend Softball League featuring teams around Dublin Bay.

Dublin Bay Challenge Series (Seasons): 1998

Picture Credit: [11] Softball Leinster Facebook (2020) Photo, September 14, 2020 [Internet] Available from: https://scontent-dub4-1.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t1.0-9/119517050_4329688347102735_971786107486325434_n.jpg?_nc_cat=102&_nc_sid=8bfeb9&_nc_ohc=vyGXBJjUvggAX8Jw5KA&_nc_ht=scontent-dub4-1.xx&oh=3af743b2013d527da92d93b3f40edbc0&oe=5F891155 [Last Accessed 17 September 2020]

International Softball

Ireland enters teams into the World Baseball-Softball Confederation (WSBC) Women’s World Softball Championships, European Softball Federation (ESF) European Softball Championships (both Fastpitch) as well as the Coed (Mixed) and Men’s Slowpitch European Championships. Club teams also enter the Coed Slowpitch Club Championships.

World Baseball & Softball Confederation

WBSC

Women’s World Softball Championships (Fastpitch) (Years): 2016

Canada Cup International Women’s Fastpitch Tournament (Years): 2002

Picture Credit: [5] Sportswave (2016) Womens World Softball Championship Logo [Internet] Available from: https://sportswave.ca/wp-content/uploads/2016/06/womens-world-softball-championship-300×300.png [Accessed 21 November 2016]

European Softball Federation

ESF

Women’s European Softball Championships (Fastpitch) : 2017

Coed Slowpitch Softball | National Teams:

European Softball Federation | European Coed Slowpitch Softball Championships 2011-2019

European Softball Federation | European Coed Slowpitch Softball Championships 1998-2010

Coed Slowpitch Softball | Club Teams:

European Softball Federation | European Cup Coed Slowpitch 2007-2012

European Softball Federation | European Coed Slowpitch Super Cup 2014-2018

Picture Credit: [1] European Softball Federation (2017) ESF Logo [Internet] Available from: http://www.europeansoftball.org/data/articles/229.jpg [Accessed 26 June 2017]

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American Softball Teams in Ireland

American Softball Teams in Ireland

American Softball Teams in Ireland:

International Softball – USS Fresno 20 USS Johnston & USS Rush 5 – Croke Park Dublin 1948

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Fastpitch Softball Leagues

Fastpitch Softball is basically a Women’s Competitive version of Baseball, and differs from the Coed / Mixed version of Softball played in Ireland since the 1980s, as the pitching is fast and not in a soft arc, as in the recreational version of the sport (hence the name softball). There are 9 players in a Fastpitch Softball team, like in Baseball as opposed to 10 in Co-Ed (Mixed) Recreational Softball.

The Fastpitch Ireland programme dates from the early 200os, when two Women’s teams were created, and then in the 2010s, the Softball Ireland National team (who played in both the World Championships and European Championships) was started.

In 2019-20 the first Softball Ireland Irish National Fastpitch League began, playing all its matches on the turf pitch at the National Indoor Arena in Blanchardstown, Dublin 15. Unlike the earlier Fastpitch Softball in Ireland, this is Coed / Mixed, with an equal representation of Men to Women (5:5).

Here are links to various Fastpitch competitions in Ireland and Internationally, involving Ireland teams:

Irish National Fastpitch League

Fastpitch Ireland

Softball Ireland Irish National Fastpitch League Coed (Seasons): 2019-20

Irish Baseball & Softball Federation Ladies Fastpitch (Seasons): 2000

Picture Credit: [4] Softball Ireland (2019) Ireland Catches Fastpitch Fever: Teams A and B [Internet] Available from: http://fastpitchsoftball.ie/wp-content/uploads/2019/12/Team-A-B-300×225.jpg [Accessed 25 April 2020]

Softball Intervarsities

This is the Eirball index page to the Results and Standings of the Irish Softball Association / Softball Ireland Intervarsities, held annually from 2001 to 2010-11.

Softball Intervarsities

The Irish Softball Association Intervarsities were first played in 2001. They continued until 2010-11 under the name Softball Ireland. There were also CUSAI Intervarsities in 2015-16 at RCSI.

Softball Ireland Intervarsity Winners

Softball Ireland Intervarsities Winners 2001-2011

Softball Ireland Intervarsities Results

Irish Softball Association:

2000-01 2001-02 2002-03

Softball Ireland:

2003-04 2004-05 2005-06 2006-07 2007-08 2008-09 2009-10 2010-11

Colleges & Universities Sports Association of Ireland:

2015-16

Picture Credit: [2] UCD Wayback Machine (2020) 2007/2008 Squad for Waterford Intervarsity Competition [Internet] Available from: http://web.archive.org/web/20200407134000im_/https://www.ucd.ie/softball/old/photos/WIT0708/Squad.jpg [Accessed 23 February 2021]

Softball Business Leagues

Businesses and Corporations have been involved in Irish Softball since the first Leagues in the 1980s, with teams such as Fat Cats made up of american Businessmen. In the 1990s, Computer Companies got involved in a big way, and since the 2000s, there has been a separate Business House League or Corporate League in the Area. (see the Leinster Softball page on Eirball for more on the Leagues in the 1980s and 1990s: https://eirball.ie/leinster-softball/

The Business House League was run directly by Softball Ireland in the 2000s, and then, the Corporate League as it was now known, was run by Softball Leinster in the 2010s.

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Softball Business Leagues

Softball Leinster Corporate League; Softball Ireland Business House League

Softball Leinster Corporate League (Seasons): 2013

Softball Ireland Business House League (seasons): 2006

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Indoor Softball

Indoor Softball is played – as its name suggests – indoors, with soft ball (a softball is inspite of its name usually hard) and bases taped onto the floor. Innings are timed and it is one point for getting on base and one point for getting home, however, a team loses a point for an out. Home runs are scored when the ball hits the back wall and bounces back off the floor without being caught – this enables all players on base – as well as the hitter – to advance back to home plate.

Indoor Softball

Dublin Indoor Softball Tournament; Winter Indoor Softball Tournament; Midlands Indoor Softball Tournament; Katie Long Indoor Softball Tournament

Indoor Softball Tournaments (Overviews):

Softball Ireland | Dublin Indoor Softball Tournament 2008-2015

Softball Ireland | Winter Indoor Softball Tournament 2011-2017

Indoor Softball Seasons:

2011-12 2012-13 2016-17 2017-18 2018-19 2019-20

Picture Credit: [7] Dublin Indoor Softball Tournament Facebook Group (2018) Photo by Julie Trundle24 January 2020: [Internet] Available from: https://scontent-dub4-1.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t1.0-9/83074076_10159437350349778_1705633102103052288_n.jpg?_nc_cat=102&_nc_sid=825194&_nc_ohc=HgZcro7QGL0AX-iH7pX&_nc_ht=scontent-dub4-1.xx&oh=4d27295d3a5092fbf411d1e474dc2aad&oe=5F9E14A4 [Accessed 4 October 2020]

Softball Blitzes

Softball Blitzes are usually single day tournaments, played in order to raise money for charity. The events have timed innings, usually matches last 50 minutes, and have a 1-1 count when the batter steps up to the plate to bat (i.e. there is already one strike and one ball).

Softball Blitzes Finals

Softball Blitzes Finals

Softball Blitzes Finals (Seasons):

2006 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019

Picture Credit: [7] Softball Leinster Facebook (2013) Post, June 16, 2013“Congratulations to Oddsox Softball Club on winning the Suspects blitz yesterday.” [Internet] Available from: https://scontent-dub4-1.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t31.0-8/1015920_493799514024990_290563225_o.jpg?_nc_cat=107&_nc_ohc=KE2aN-CYK7MAX9BWlwg&_nc_ht=scontent-dub4-1.xx&oh=7cd14c30041271b83261f35602103157&oe=5EC27A16 [Accessed 23 May 2018]

Leinster Softball Blitzes

Budweiser Challenge Trophy; Castleknock Invitational Blitz; Flyers Invitational Blitz; Suspects Pink Blitz;

Budweiser Challenge Trophy, UCD, Dublin 4 – Hosted by Dodder (Seasons):

1989

Castleknock Invitational Blitz, Dublin 15 (Seasons):

2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013

Flyers Invitational Blitz, ALSAA, Co. Fingal (Seasons):

2010

Suspects Pink Blitz, St. Mary’s RFC, Templeogue D6W (Overview):

Softball Leinster Suspects Pink Blitz (St. Mary’s RFC Templeogue D6W) 1999-Present

Picture Credit: [5] Softball Leinster Facebook (2020) Photo, August 24, 2020 [Internet] Available from: https://scontent-dub4-1.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t1.0-9/118524536_4222436274494610_2747628189672713847_n.jpg?_nc_cat=111&_nc_sid=8bfeb9&_nc_ohc=7hbPFfHaNNwAX8ku3ul&_nc_ht=scontent-dub4-1.xx&oh=6ab7444656188964fa1ef2d8b01b0e52&oe=5F87BC1E [Accessed 17 September 2020]

Ulster Softball Blitzes

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Softball Ulster | Start of Season Blitz

2018

Picture Credit: [11] Belfast Softball Club | Facebook (2019) Photo | 13 April 2019 | “Belfast Softball Club started the season at the SU SOS Blitz today. “ [Internet] Available from: https://www.facebook.com/BelfastSoftball/photos/a.590660004301640/2385490998151856/?type=3&theater [Accessed 16 April 2019]

Munster & Connacht Softball Blitzes

Aughinish All-Ireland Challenge (Co. Limerick); Munster Invitiational Softball Tournament (MIST, Limerick);

Aughinish All Ireland Challenge, Aughinish, Co. Limerick (Overview)

Aughinish All Ireland Challenge (Softball) 1986-1988

Munster Invitational Softball Tournament, Limerick (Seasons):

2004 2005

Longford Development Blitz:

Connacht Softball Association | Longford Development Blitz 2000-2001

Picture Credit: [2] University of Limerick | Softball (2004) Slammers Win the Cup [Internet] Available from: http://www.csn.ul.ie/~softball/slammers.jpg [Accessed 14 January 2020]

Softball Teams

Team Histories, including All-Time Results and yearly rosters

Leinster Softball Teams

Softball Leinster Teams

Leinster Softball Teams History [Results and Rosters]:

Marlay Martyrs | Leinster Softball Team 1988-Present [ 2001 ][ 2002 ]

Marlay Martyrs B | Leinster Softball Team 1999-2004 [ 2001 ][ 2002 ]

Picture Credit: [22] Marlay Softball Facebook Page (2018) Photo | May 18, 2014 | “Congratulations to the Martyrs who won the Niall Mellon blitz in Castleknock on Saturday” [Internet] Available from: https://www.facebook.com/Marlaysoftball/photos/a.437902872915719/711137512258919/?type=3&theater [Accessed 8 December 2018]

World Baseball

Irish Players have competed in Baseball around the World since Andy Leonard, who left Cavan as a baby during the famine, played for the Cincinnati Red Stockings, the first fully professional Baseball team in 1869.

Major League Baseball

American League; National League; Federal League; Negro Leagues

Major League Baseball | Irish Players:

Major League Baseball | 48 Irish Born MLB Players

P.J. Conlon | Irish Born Major League & Minor League Baseball Player 2015-2018

Major League Baseball (seasons):

1914 2019

Rival Major Leagues

Negro Major Leagues 1929-1936

Negro Major Leagues 1920-1928

Picture Credit: [2] MiLB (2019) P.J. Conlon | Photo [Internet] Available from: http://www.milb.com/images/664869/generic/180×270/664869.jpg [Accessed 29 August 2019]

Minor League Baseball

Pacific Coast League; International League; Texas League.

Minor League Baseball Roll of Honour (Overviews)

International League Baseball Governor’s Cup Results 1933-Present

Pacific Coast League Baseball Champions 1903-Present

Texas League Baseball Champions 1888-Present

AAA Baseball (Seasons): 1991

AAA Baseball International League (Seasons):

2019 (P.J. Conlon)

Picture Credit: [1] Minor League Baseball (2020) Pacific Coast League Logo [Internet] Available from: https://milb.bamcontent.com/assets/images/6/2/4/300505624/cuts/768×192/cut.jpg [Accessed 11 March 2020]

WBSC Baseball

British Baseball Federation

British Baseball Federation National League (Seasons): 1991

Picture Credit: [3] British Baseball Federation (2020) fb5f13_6ebe17074f67479d963d45d397eaa72f_mv2 [Internet] Available from: https://static.wixstatic.com/media/fb5f13_6ebe17074f67479d963d45d397eaa72f~mv2.jpg/v1/fit/w_2500,h_1330,al_c/fb5f13_6ebe17074f67479d963d45d397eaa72f~mv2.jpg [Accessed 28 July 2020]

Men’s Senior Baseball League

MSBL Amateur World Series

Men’s Senior Baseball League  Amateur World Series (35+ / 40+ Age Group):

2019 2017 

Picture Credit: [10] MSBL (2019) MSBL Logo [Internet] Available from: https://secureservercdn.net/198.71.233.104/ubm.d2a.myftpupload.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/11/msbl-logo.jpg [Accessed 30 November 2019]

World Softball

Fastpitch Softball is the Women’s version of Baseball, with Professional Fastpitch Leagues in the United States of America and World Baseball and Softball Confederation World Championships.

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Professional Softball

National Pro Fastpitch

National Pro Fastpitch (Women’s Softball) (Seasons):

2019

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World Softball

UK Softball

UK Softball (Seasons): 1991

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