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Irish Baseball Hall of Fame Announces 2024 Inductees

IABHOF 2024 Inductees

Five Baseball Greats Honored For Their Contributions to the Game

New York, NY (March 15, 2024) – The Irish American Baseball Hall of Fame has announced its 2024 inductees:

  • Wade Boggs
  • Jack Curry
  • Brian Kenny
  • Danny Murtaugh
  • Lefty O’Doul

The inductees were nominated and elected by members of the Irish American Baseball Society.

“This is an impressive class of inductees,” said Hall of Fame founder Shaun Clancy. “We’ve got one inductee who’s already in Cooperstown and the other four may well wind up there, someday.”

Leading off the list of inductees is Wade Boggs, a World Series Champion, five-time batting champion, twelve-time All-Star, and a first ballot Hall of Famer in Cooperstown. Boggs traces his Irish roots back to 18th century Dublin.

Next up is Jack Curry, an award-winning sportswriter, author, and TV analyst with roots in County Donegal and County Fermanagh. Curry covered baseball for The New York Times for nearly two decades before joining the YES Network in 2010, where he has won eight New York Emmy Awards. He is also the author and co-author of four best-selling baseball biographies.

“I’m excited, thrilled and, most of all, humbled to be elected into the Irish American Baseball Hall of Fame,” said Curry. “I’m deeply appreciative of those who expressed their support for me. When I reflect on this honor, I will always think about how proud my mother would have been of this recognition.”

Brian Kenny is an award-winning broadcaster, author and TV analyst, whose family hails from Loughglynn, County Roscommon. Kenny was voted Sports Illustrated’s “Media Person of the Year,” in 2004 and won the National SABR Research Award in 2017. A winner of eight National Sports Emmys and eleven New York State Broadcaster Awards, Kenny is a respected authority on the adoption of analytics in baseball. He is also the host of the The National Baseball Hall of Fame’s induction ceremony in Cooperstown, NY.

Legendary Pittsburgh Pirates manager Danny Murtaugh’s Irish roots are traced back to County Mayo. Murtaugh led the Pirates to World Series titles in 1960 and 1971. A member of the Pirates organization for 29 seasons, Murtaugh managed over 2,000 games. He retired with a .540 winning percentage and four division titles.

Rounding out the list of inductees is Lefty O’Doul, a World Series Champion and a two-time All-Star. After retiring with a .349 batting average, O’Doul became the most successful manager in the history of the Pacific Coast League and a legendary figure in the development of professional baseball in Japan. O’Doul’s Irish roots are traced back to his grandmother, Catherine Fitzgerald, who hailed from County Limerick.

The Irish American Baseball Hall of Fame was started in 2008 by Shaun Clancy. The “Irish Hall” was located inside Clancy’s iconic New York City restaurant, Foley’s NY, until 2020. It was relaunched in 2022, under the auspices of the Irish American Baseball Society. Clancy remains the key force behind the Hall, serving as President Emeritus.

Irish Americans have had a major impact on baseball throughout the history of the game. In the late 19th century, often referred to as “Baseball’s Emerald Age,” as many as 40% of professional baseball players were from Ireland or of Irish descent. 

“As time goes on, we see that the Irish affinity for baseball has endured and grown stronger,” explained Clancy. “Whether someone’s great-grandparents came over from Ireland or, like me, they came from Ireland themselves, we love the game and it’s part of how we connect to the Irish experience in America.”

About the Irish American Baseball Society

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.

The Irish American Baseball Society is a non-profit subsidiary of Emerald Diamond International. Federal Tax ID: 20-4623222. For more information, visit EmeraldDiamond.org.

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