There is plenty of room to honor people whose Irish roots are on the maternal side or whose ancestors changed their surnames for one reason or another.
New York, NY (PRWEB) June 03, 2014
The Irish American Baseball Hall of Fame (IABHOF) today announced pitcher David Cone, umpire Tom Gorman, executive Bill Shea, and sportswriter Hal McCoy as its 2014 inductees.
The induction will take place on Friday, July 18th – the 15th anniversary of David Cone’s perfect game for the New York Yankees against the Montreal Expos – at Foley’s NY Pub & Restaurant (18 W. 33rd St., across from the Empire State Building), which houses the Irish American Baseball Hall of Fame. Voters included past inductees and a panel of baseball historians.
· David Cone: During his 17-year baseball career, Cone won the 1994 AL Cy Young Award, was a 5x All-Star and 5x World Series champion (1992 Blue Jays and 1996, ‘98, ‘99 and ‘00 Yankees). He pitched the 16th perfect game in baseball history on July 18, 1999.
· Tom Gorman: An umpire in five World Series (1956, ‘58, ‘63, ‘68 and ’74), he was in left field for Don Larsen's perfect game and called balls and strikes when Bob Gibson struck out a Series-record 17 Detroit Tigers. His son, Brian Gorman, is a current MLB umpire.
· Bill Shea: An attorney and founder of the Continental League, he was the driving force in bringing National League baseball back to New York in 1962. The Mets subsequently named their home stadium after him and honored him alongside the retired numbers at their new home, CitiField.
· Hal McCoy: A Cincinnati Reds writer at FOXSportsOhio.com, he was the longtime beat writer for the Dayton Daily News and was the Baseball Hall of Fame’s J. G. Taylor Spink Award honoree in 2003.
New: The Pete Caldera-Duke Castiglione “I Didn’t Know He Was Irish” Award
At this year’s ceremony, the Irish American Baseball Hall of Fame also will introduce a new award: The Pete Caldera-Duke Castiglione “I Didn’t Know He Was Irish” Award, which will be presented to an honoree whose Irish roots might not be well known.
“There is plenty of room to honor people whose Irish roots are on the maternal side or whose ancestors changed their surnames for one reason or another. We created this new award to honor people whose heritage might not be obvious, but who are proud of their Irish heritage nonetheless,” said Shaun Clancy, owner of Foley’s, which boasts one of the country’s most extensive public displays of baseball memorabilia.
With the blessing of the Baseball Hall of Fame, Foley’s created the Irish American Baseball Hall of Fame to recognize players, managers, executives, journalists, and entertainers of Irish descent. Inductees are chosen based on a combination of factors, including impact on the game, popularity on and off the field, contributions to society, connections to the Irish community, and, of course, ancestry.
The game of baseball has welcomed immigrants from its earliest days, when an estimated 30 percent of players claimed Irish heritage. Many of the game’s biggest stars at the turn of the 20th century were Irish immigrants or their descendants, including Michael “King” Kelly, Roger Connor (the home run king before Babe Ruth), Eddie Collins, Big Ed Walsh and managers Connie Mack and John McGraw. Today, major league teams regularly sign players born in Latin America, Japan, Canada, and elsewhere.
Shaun Clancy, an amateur baseball historian, created the Hall after learning about the rich heritage of Irish Americans in the sport dating from its infancy – a legacy overshadowed in recent years by other ethnicities. He decided to celebrate his roots and those who helped make the game great by creating a shrine to Irish Americans in baseball in 2008.
“Starting Nine” and Subsequent Inductees
The “Starting Nine” inductees in 2008 were: the late Mets and Phillies reliever Tug McGraw, Yankee announcer John Flaherty, sportswriter Jeff Horrigan, NY Mets groundskeeper Pete Flynn, retired sluggers Mark McGwire and Sean “The Mayor” Casey, Kevin Costner, star of Field of Dreams and Bull Durham, legendary owner-manager Connie Mack, and longtime official scorer and sports columnist Red Foley.
2009 inductees: Walter O’Malley, longtime Brooklyn and LA Dodgers owner (Executive category); sluggers Steve Garvey and Paul O’Neill (Players category), Jim Joyce (Umpire); veteran sportscaster Vin Scully, and Ed Lucas, a blind reporter who has covered the Yankees and Mets for four decades.
2010 inductees: Tim McCarver, veteran TV analyst and former player; Bob Murphy, longtime Mets announcer (Media category); Michael “King” Kelly, the game’s first superstar (Hall of Famers and Legends category); Yankees GM Brian Cashman (Executives category); Bill James, famed statistician and an advisor for the Boston Red Sox (Executives category).
2011 inductees: Nolan Ryan, baseball’s all-time strikeout king, Big Ed Walsh, baseball’s all-time ERA leader, legendary New York Giants manager John McGraw, New York Yankees trainers Gene Monahan and Steve Donohue, "Baseball's Balladeer” Terry Cashman, and Chuck Lennon, former player, coach and lifetime fan of Notre Dame Fighting Irish baseball.
2012 inductees: Jimmy Breslin, author of Can't Anybody Here Play This Game?; Tom Kelly, two-time World Series champion manager with the Minnesota Twins; Gene Michael, former player, scout and GM responsible for building the modern Yankee dynasty; "Walpole Joe" Morgan, popular former player, scout and manager of Boston Red Sox; Jeff Nelson, longtime reliever, four-time World Series champion with the Yankees; "Wee Willie" Keeler, Dead Ball era legend; and Mike Roarke, credited with teaching the split-fingered fastball to Hall of Famer Bruce Sutter and a supporter in the development of baseball in Ireland.
2013 inductees: Popular former Mets Rusty Staub and Joe McEwing; longtime owner of the LA Dodgers Peter O’Malley; Hall of Fame baseball writer Bill Madden of the New York Daily News; and award-winning columnist for the Boston Globe Dan Shaughnessy.
Foley’s NY Pub & Restaurant (18 W. 33rd St.) is home of the Irish American Baseball Hall of Fame. A popular destination among baseball players, executives, umpires, media, and fans, Foley's is located across from the Empire State Building. The "Irish Bar with a Baseball Attitude" features walls adorned with 3,000+ autographed balls, bobbleheads, game-worn jerseys, stadium seats and other artifacts that make it the premier baseball bar in New York and one of the best sports bars in America. For more information, call (212) 290-0080 or visit http://www.foleysny.com or http://www.facebook.com/FoleysNYPub.