New York, NY (January 21, 2024) – The Irish American Baseball Hall of Fame (IABHOF) has announced seven nominees for the 2024 induction class.
“This year’s nominees are an impressive group of individuals who have left an indelible mark on the game of baseball,”explained IABHOF Founder Shaun Clancy. “In addition to their baseball accomplishments, each nominee has a strong connection to the Irish American experience.”
- Lefty O’Doul: 15-year MLB veteran with a .349 batting average and two National League batting titles. His grandmother, Catherine Fitzgerald, was born in County Limerick. After retiring as a player, O’Doul became a pivotal figure in the development of professional baseball in Japan.
- Mike Shannon: Two-time World Series champion whose playing career was cut short by kidney disease. His Irish roots trace back to Derry, Meath and Wexford. Shannon spent 50 years in the broadcast booth after retirement for a total of 64 years in the Cardinals organization.
- Wade Boggs: World Series champion, 5x AL batting champ, and a 12x All-Star with Irish roots that trace back to 18th century Dublin. His lifetime .328 batting average and 3,010 career hits have earned him a spot in Cooperstown.
- Jack Curry: Veteran baseball journalist for The New York Times and YES Network with Irish roots in Donegal and Fermanagh. Winner of eight Emmy Awards and author of four best-selling books.
- Brian Kenny: Award-winning TV analyst for ESPN and MLB Network with Irish roots in Roscommon and Fermanagh. Renowned for his work in promoting advanced metrics to baseball fans.
- Danny Murtagh: Longtime Pirates manager who led the club to World Series titles in 1960 and 1971. His grandfather, Michael, hailed from County Mayo.
- Fay Vincent: The eighth Commissioner of Major League Baseball with Irish roots in Kilglobbin, County Kerry. Led baseball through the 1989 World Series and the 1990 locout. An outspoken critic of gambling and steroid use in the game of baseball.
2024 IABHOF Inductee Profiles
The Irish American Baseball Society celebrates the Irish impact on the game of baseball and supports the development of youth baseball programs in Ireland and America. Membership is open to anyone with an interest in baseball and Ireland, regardless of their ancestral heritage. For more information, visit IrishBaseball.org.
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