Connaught | Irish Baseball Ancestry


The Province of Connaught

Connacht is one of the provinces of Ireland, in the west of Ireland.

Much of the west coast is ruggedly inhospitable and not conducive for agriculture. It contains the main mountainous areas in Connacht, including the Twelve Bens, Maumturks, Mweelrea, Croagh Patrick, Nephin Beg, Ox Mountains, and Dartry Mountains.

Killary Harbour, one of Ireland’s fjords, is located at the foot of Mweelrea. Connemara National Park is in County Galway. The Aran Islands, featuring prehistoric forts such as DĂșn Aonghasa, have been a regular tourist destination since the 19th century.

Inland areas such as east Galway, Roscommon and Sligo have enjoyed greater historical population density due to better agricultural land and infrastructure.

Rivers and lakes include the River Moy, River Corrib, the Shannon, Lough Mask, Lough Melvin, Lough Allen and Lough Gill.

The largest urban area in Connacht is Galway. Other large towns in Connacht are Sligo, Castlebar, and Ballina.

Source: Wikipedia

Connaught Ancestry Database

The table below displays players, coaches, executives, and media personalities with Irish roots that we have traced to the province of Connaught:

Last NameFirst NameCategoryEraLinkIrish CountyGenerationMLB DebutHOF
BagwellJeffPlayerModern EraGalway4th4/9/1981Yes
BrettGeorgePlayerModern EraGalway2nd8/2/1973Yes
BrettKenPlayerModern EraGalway2nd9/27/1967No
CaseySeanPlayerModern EraSligo3rd9/12/1997No
ClemensRogerPlayerModern EraLeitrim5th5/15/1984No
ConnollyTommyUmpireDead Ball EraMayo1st1900Yes
DalbecBobbyPlayerModern EraMayo6th8/30/2020No
DowseTomPlayerEmerald AgeLeitrimIrish Born4/21/1890No
FeeneyChubExecutiveModern EraSligo2nd1946No
FlynnPeterManager/CoachModern EraLeitrimIrish Born1962No
HodgesGilPlayerModern EraSligo3rd10/3/1943No
JenningsHughiePlayerEmerald AgeMayo1st6/1/1891Yes
JoyceJimUmpireModern EraGalway4th5/23/1987No
KellyMichael "King"PlayerEmerald AgeRoscommon1st5/1/1878Yes
KennyBrianMediaModern EraRoscommon1st1997No
LeeBillPlayerModern EraLeitrim4th6/25/1969No
LennonChuckManager/CoachModern EraRoscommon3rd1961No
MaddenBillMediaModern EraMayo3rd1978No
ManfredRobExecutiveModern EraLeitrim5th1987No
MauerJoePlayerModern EraMayo4th4/5/2004No
McEwingJoePlayerModern EraSligo4th9/2/1998No
McKeonJackManager/CoachModern EraRoscommon3rd4/6/1973No
MorrisHalPlayerModern EraGalway8th7/29/1988No
MurtaughDannyManager/CoachModern EraMayo2nd7/3/1941No
O'MalleyPeterExecutiveModern EraMayo4th1962No
O'MalleyWalterExecutiveModern EraMayo3rd4/25/1905Yes
O'NeillJackPlayerDead Ball EraGalwayIrish Born4/21/1902No
O'NeillJimmyPlayerDead Ball EraGalway1st1920No
O'NeillMikePlayerDead Ball EraGalwayIrish Born9/20/1901No
O'NeillSteveManager/CoachModern EraGalway1st9/18/1911No
PalmerJimPlayerModern EraLeitrim1st4/17/1965Yes
StengelCaseyManager/CoachModern EraRoscommon4th9/17/1912Yes
WalshJimmyPlayerModern EraMayoIrish Born8/26/1912No
O'NeillMikeGalwayIrish born
PalmerJimLeitrim1st
ClemensRogerLeitrim5th
BrettGeorgeGalway2nd
ClemensRogerLeitrim5th
ClemensRogerLeitrim5th

Leinster Baseball Achievements and Notable Events

The table below displays notable achievements of baseball players and coaches that we have traced to the province of Connaught:

Last NameFirst NameIrish CountyGenerationEvent DateEvent Description
O'NeillMikeGalwayIrish born6/3/1902Mike O'Neill is first player to hit a pinch Grand Slam homerun in NL and MLB history
PowersDocWaterford1st4/12/1909Doc Powers is first ballplayer to die in a baseball related injury
KavanaghMartyDublin1st9/24/1916Marty Kavanagh is first player to hit a pinch Grand Slam homerun in AL history
KellyGeorgeLimerick2nd7/16/1924George "Highpockets" Kelly first to hit a Homerun in 6 consecutive games
VanceDazzyDown5th10/5/1929Dazzy Vance finishes the decade as the leader in Strikeouts for the 1920's with 1,464
HornsbyRogersTyrone4th10/6/1929Rogers Hornsby finishes the decade as the leader in Hits for the 1920's with 2,085
FoxxJimmieWicklow7th9/30/1939Jimmie Foxx finishes the decade as the leader in Homeruns for the 1930's with 415
GroveLeftyDerry8th9/30/1939Lefty Grove finishes the decade as the leader in Wins for the 1930's with 199
SheaSpecDublin1st7/8/1947Spec Shea is first rookie Pitcher to win an All Star Game
McDougaldGilWaterford4th10/9/1951Gil McDougald is first rookie to hit a Grand Slam in a World Series
AshburnRichieAntrim7th9/27/1959Richie Ashburn finishes the decade as the leader in hits for the 1950's with 1,875
McLainDennyDublin3rd6/15/1965Denny McLain is first pitcher to strikeout the first 7 batters in one game
KillebrewHarmonDublin6th10/2/1969Harmon Killebrew finishes the decade as the leader in Homeruns for the 1960's with 393
WilhelmHoytCork6th5/10/1970Hoyt Wilhelm is first pitcher in history to appear in 1,000 games
RyanNolanTipperary7th5/15/1973Nolan Ryan pitches his 1st of 7 No-Hitters
PalmerJimLeitrim1st9/30/1979Jim Palmer finishes the decade as the leader in Wins for the 1970's with 186
RyanNolanTipperary7th9/30/1979Nolan Ryan finishes the decade as the leader in Strikeouts for the 1970's with 2,678
HernandezKeithKerry9th11/13/1979Keith Hernandez is first to win Co-MVP Award. Shared with Willie Stargell
MolitorPaulMonaghan3rd10/12/1982Paul Molitor is the first player to get 5 hits in one World Series Game
AndersonSparkyClare10th10/14/19841st Manager to Win a World Series in Both Leagues (Reds and Tigers)
ClemensRogerLeitrim5th4/29/1986Roger Clemens is first pitcher to strikeout 20 players in one game
GibsonKirkAntrim8th10/15/1988An injured Kirk Gibson hits a dramatic game winning HR in Game 1 of 1988 World Series
RyanNolanTipperary7th10/1/1989Noland Ryan finishes the decade as the leader in Strikeouts for the 1980's with 2,167
BrettGeorgeGalway2nd10/3/1990George Brett is first player to win 3 Batting Crowns in 3 different decades
EckersleyDennisArmagh7th8/23/1992Dennis Eckersley is first pitcher to obtain 40 saves in 4 different seasons.
Ripken Jr.CalDonegal4th9/6/1995Cal Ripken break's Lou Gehrig's record of consecutive games played.
MadduxGregCavan6th11/12/1995Greg Maddux is first Pitcher in history to win 4 counsecutive Cy Young Awards
MolitorPaulMonaghan3rd9/16/1996Paul Molitor joins the 3,000 Hit Club and is the first to do so with a Triple
ClemensRogerLeitrim5th11/10/1997Roger Clemens is first Americna Leaguer to win 4 Cy Young Awards
McGwireMarkCork5th8/20/1998Mark McGwire is first to hit over 50 Homeruns in 3 consecutive seasons
McGwireMarkCork5th9/8/1998Mark McGwire is first to break Roger Maris's Homerun record of 61 in one season
McGwireMarkCork5th9/27/1998Mark McGwire is first to hit 70 Homeruns in a season
ClemensRogerLeitrim5th11/16/1998Rogers Clemens is the first to win 5 Cy Young Awards
BoggsWadeDublin7th8/7/1999Wade Boggs joins the 3,000 Hit Club and is the first to do so with a Homerun
JeterDerekCork5th10/4/2009Derek Jeter finishes the decade as the leader in hits for the 2000's with 1,940
McGwireMarkCork5th10/4/2009Mark McGwire finishes the decade as the leader in Homeruns for the 1990's with 405
MadduxGregCavan6th10/4/2009Greg Maddux finishes the decade as the leader in Wins for the 1990's with 170
ScherzerMaxFermanagh4th9/29/2019Max Scherzer finishes the decade as the leader in Wins for the 2010's with 161
ScherzerMaxFermanagh4th9/29/2019Max Scherzer finishes the decade as the leader in Strikeouts for the 2010's with 2,452
LeonardAndyCavanIrish born4/22/1876Andy Leonard is first Irish born Major League Ballplayer
ConnorRogerKerry1st9/10/1881Roger Connor is first player to hit a Grand Slam Homerun
HarringtonJoeCork1st9/10/1885Joe Harrington is first player to hit a Homerun in his first At Bat
O'RourkeJimDonegal1st4/14/1876Jim O'Rourke gets first hit for the new National League playing for the Boston Red Caps
WelchMickeyTipperary1st9/10/1889Mickey Welch, NY Giants, gets credit for first ever pinch hit, he struck out.