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About Us | Irish American Baseball Society

The Irish American Baseball Society (IABS) supports the game of baseball in Ireland and America. We also celebrate the contributions of the Irish to the game of baseball.

Our Members

Our members include players and coaches at all levels of amateur and professional baseball, as well as MLB broadcasters, journalists, and executives – and fans like you!

Our Goals

  • Irish-born and raised players in college and pro baseball
  • Ireland in the Olympics (Baseball & Softball)
  • Ireland in the World Baseball Classic
  • MLB Game in Ireland
  • Professional Irish Baseball Team

The Baseball United Foundation

The Irish American Baseball Society is a non-profit subsidiary of the Baseball United Foundation (Federal Tax ID: 20-4623222).

The Baseball United Foundation began in 2006, under the name Emerald Diamond USA. Since then, Baseball United has sent equipment and coaches to Ireland, organized teams and instructional clinics, and provided financial support for uniforms, equipment, and field development.


Projects

Irish Baseball History Project

The Irish Baseball History Project endeavors to examine the influence of the Irish on the game of baseball in America while exploring the history of baseball in Ireland.

Irish Baseball History Project Members

  • Patrick Mahoney
  • David Block
  • Timothy Carr
  • John Fitzgerald

Committees

Membership Committee

The Irish American Baseball Society Membership Committee is responsible for supporting the mission, vision, purpose, and strategic plans of the Baseball United Foundation and Irish American Baseball Society. The committee is responsible for collaborating with members, to provide recommendations and assistance in member recruitment, engagement, and retention.

Membership Committee Members

  • Mike Enright – President
  • Bernard Connaughton – Vice-Chair
  • Robert Score – Secretary
  • Chris Foy

Butterworth Award Committee

The Clive Butterworth Award recognizes outstanding volunteer service in the development of youth baseball in Ireland. The award honors early Irish baseball pioneer Clive Butterworth, the organizer and coach of the first known baseball teams in Ireland. The award was established in 2019 by the Irish American Baseball Society, in partnership with the Irish American Baseball Hall of Fame and the Baseball United Foundation.

The Butterworth Award Committee represents a cross-section of baseball players, coaches, executives, and fans.