About the Irish American Baseball Society

Our members are baseball fans with a passion for Ireland. Our membership also includes players, coaches, administrators, journalists, broadcasters, and executives at all levels of amateur and professional baseball.

Our work includes researching the influence of Irish immigrants and Irish Americans on baseball history, as well as the often overlooked history of baseball in Ireland. We also support youth baseball in Ireland through our parent organization, the Baseball United Foundation.

Joining the Irish American Baseball Society

Membership in the Irish American Baseball Society is open to anyone with an interest in baseball and Ireland. We do not discriminate on the basis of ancestry, race, color, religion, or gender in any of our activities or operations.

If you’re interested in joining the Irish American Baseball Society, click here for more information.

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Our Goals

A vibrant and successful youth baseball program in Ireland is good for kids and good for baseball. Through our work with the Baseball United Foundation, we hope to assist in the achievement of these goals:

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

Projects

Irish Baseball History Project

Our Irish Baseball History Studies Project researches the intersection of the Irish diaspora and baseball throughout history. Much of our work focuses on the influence of the Irish on the game of baseball in America. Our research also includes the study of the history of baseball in Ireland.


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 (2020-2021):

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

Butterworth Award

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.

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