Baseball’s Roots in the Irish Province of Leinster

Leinster is one of the provinces of Ireland, situated in the southeast and east of Ireland. The province is divided into twelve traditional counties, including Dublin, Kildare, Meath, Wexford, and Wicklow.

Many current and former major leaguers trace their Irish roots back to Connacht, including Hall of Famers Grover Cleveland AlexanderWade BoggsJimmie FoxxWhitey FordHarmon Killebrew!

Our researchers have discovered the Irish roots of many players, coaches, umpires, journalists, and executives. Those with ancestry that traces back to the province of Leinster include::


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About Leinster

Leinster has the most counties of any province, but is the second smallest of the four Irish provinces by land area. With a population of 2,858,501 as of 2022, it is the island’s most populous province. Dublin is the only official city in the province, and is by far its largest settlement.

List of Counties in Leinster

  • Carlow
  • Dublin
  • Kildare
  • Kilkenny
  • Laois
  • Longford
  • Louth
  • Meath
  • Offaly
  • Westmeath
  • Wexford
  • Wicklow


A number of sporting and cultural organisations organise themselves on provincial lines, including Leinster Rugby, the Leinster Cricket Union, Leinster Hockey Association and Leinster GAA. While Leinster GAA is made up primarily of the traditional counties of the province, GAA teams from Galway, Kerry and Antrim have played in the Leinster Senior Hurling Championship, as has a team from London; Galway won the title in 2012. Participation of these counties is based on their performances in the Christy Ring Cup.

Source: Wikipedia