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Danny Murtaugh to be Honored at PNC Park on May 22

Legendary Pittsburgh Pirates manager Danny Murtaugh will be posthumously inducted into the Irish American Baseball Hall of Fame on May 22. The ceremony will take place during the Pirates Irish Heritage Night celebration at PNC Park.

Irish American Baseball Hall of Fame Will Induct Former Pirates Manager

Pittsburgh, PA (May 15, 2024) – Legendary Pittsburgh Pirates manager Danny Murtaugh will be posthumously inducted into the Irish American Baseball Hall of Fame on May 22. The ceremony will take place during the Pirates Irish Heritage Night celebration at PNC Park.

“Danny was beloved by both his players and our fans,” said Pirates Team Historian Jim Trdinich. “With over 1100 wins and two World Series championships, he is also one of the most successful managers in Pirates history and Major League Baseball.”

Murtaugh was born in Chester, PA, in 1917. He grew up in a working class Irish neighborhood, the middle of five children born to Daniel and Nellie (McCarey) Murtaugh. His paternal grandparents, Michael and Elizabeth (Murray) Murtaugh were born in County Mayo, Ireland. 

Murtaugh spent nine seasons in the major leagues, primarily with the Phillies and Pirates. After retiring as a player, he became a coach and then a manager. He managed the Pirates for 15 seasons, winning the World Series in 1960 and 1971.

Murtaugh retired in 1976 with 1,115 career wins and .540 winning percentage, to go along with his two World Series championships, two league pennants, and four division titles. In all, he spent 29 years with the Pirates organization.

Interestingly, the Murtaugh name is derived from the Gaelic word for “navigator.”

Sadly, Murtaugh passed away just months after his retirement from baseball. According to his family, he had planned to visit Ireland, for the first time, the following summer. 

“Danny Murtaugh was a tremendous manager and very proud of his Irish roots,” said Irish American Baseball Hall of Fame founder Shaun Clancy. “We’re honored to be able to celebrate the life and legacy of a true baseball great.”

Murtaugh’s induction into the Irish American Baseball Hall of Fame will be received by his grandchildren, Colleen Hroncich of Grove City, PA and Katie Walton of Greenville, PA.

Murtaugh is one of five people in  the Irish American Baseball Hall of Fame’s 2024 inductee class. The other inductees are San Francisco baseball legend Lefty O’Doul, media personalities Jack Curry and Brian Kenny, and Hall of Famer Wade Boggs. The inductees were nominated and elected by members of the Irish American Baseball Society. Details of future inductions will be announced later this year. 

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. 

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, as part of the Irish American Baseball Society. Clancy remains the key force behind the Hall, serving as President Emeritus.

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

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