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
North American Tours (Years):
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Confederation of European Baseball
CEB European Championships; CEB European Junior Championships
CEB European Championship B-Level (Years): 2013
CEB European Championship Juniors (Years): 2017
Picture Credit:  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
Ulster Open Baseball Championships: 2015
Picture Credit:  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):
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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):
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):
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
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.
Picture Credit:  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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