The award honors Clive Butterworth, the “Father of Irish Baseball.” 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.
Who Was Clive Butterworth?
Clive Butterworth started the first known youth baseball teams in Ireland, beginning in 1958 in Tramore, County Waterford. For nearly a decade, Mr. Butterworth taught baseball and promoted the game in Tramore, Waterford City, and Dublin, before declining health curtailed his efforts.
Butterworth Award Selection Process
A committee of 8-12 members will select one award winner each year. Committee members will represent the Baseball United Foundation, Irish American Baseball Society, Irish American Baseball Hall of Fame, Irish National Baseball Team, Baseball Ireland, and US amateur and professional baseball.
Each year, an award winner is selected based on a commitment to youth baseball in Ireland, through volunteerism and community outreach, with an emphasis on the creation and growth of successful community-based youth baseball programs. Volunteers from Ireland and abroad will be eligible for the award.