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


DateHome TeamAway Team
Exhibition MatchVenue: Mardyke, UCC
25.07.1917USS Trippe7USS Melville6
Baseball International Exhibition Match in Ireland 1917 [Ref: 1-2]


A match, suggested by Admiral Sims, was played on the grounds of University College Cork, was played in aid of a wartime charity by two US Naval Vessels: USS Trippe and USS Melville. Despite being delayed by over a week due to rain, it attracted a large crowd, who witnessed USS Trippe win by 7 runs to 6.

Around 3,000 people attended, and the band of the 3rd battalion, the Leinster Regiment, played a selection of music, finishing with the US and British National Anthems.

A warm-up match had been played by USS McDougal and USS Wadsworth. The match raised £90 for the Cork War Workers Fund.

The Navy created a Baseball Diamond at Ringaskiddy, beside Ballybricken House, afterwards, and a Baseball bat from Ballybricken is in the Cobh Museuem.

A re-enactment took place at the Mardyke, UCC, exactly a century later, also in aid of charity (Irish Guide Dogs for the Blind) when a team of visiting US Students, attending a Summer Camp at UCC, along with a few expats, took on the ‘Cork Rebel Alliance’. the location was at the exact same place as the original match 100 years previously.

Milligan of USS Melville at bat in the Baseball match on 25 July 1917 [Ref: 3]



[1] O’Riordan, Sean (2017) “Famous Baseball game by US Sailors recreated in Cork” Irish Examiner. Wednesday, July 26, 2017. [Internet] Available from: [Accessed 28 July 2017]

[2] Duncan, Mark (2017) “An Irishman’s Diary” The Irish Times. Wednesday, August 23, 2017.


[3] Anon. (2017) “Milligan from the Melville team hits a mighty stroke playing in the baseball match against Trippe at the Mardyke on July 25, 1917.” Irish Examiner. Wednesday, July 26, 2017. [Internet] Available from: [Accessed 28 July 2017]


Thanks to Frank Kingston.

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