Ulster | Irish Baseball Ancestry

The Province of Ulster

Ulster is one of the four traditional Irish provinces. It is made up of nine counties: six of these constitute Northern Ireland and three are in the Republic of Ireland. It is the second-largest, after Munster, and second-most populous, after Leinster, of Ireland’s four traditional provinces, with Belfast being its biggest city.

The province’s highest point, Slieve Donard (848 metres (2,782 ft)), stands in County Down. The most northerly point in Ireland, Malin Head, is in County Donegal, as are the sixth-highest (601 metres (1,972 ft)) sea cliffs in Europe, at Slieve League, and the province’s largest island, Arranmore. The most easterly point in Ireland is also in Ulster, in County Down.

Source: Wikipedia

Ulster Ancestry Database

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

Last NameFirst NameCategoryEraLinkIrish CountyGenerationMLB DebutHOF
AlonsoPeterPlayerModern EraDonegal10th3/28/2019No
AshburnRichiePlayerModern EraAntrim7th4/20/1948Yes
BellingerCodyPlayerModern EraDonegal10th4/25/2017No
BiggioCraigPlayerModern EraTyrone4th6/26/1988Yes
BlackmonCharliePlayerModern EraAntrim10th6/7/2011No
BrownMordecaiPlayerDead Ball EraDerry4th4/19/1903Yes
BucknerBillPlayerModern EraDonegal7th9/21/1969No
CaruthersBobPlayerEmerald AgeDonegal4th9/7/1884No
CollinsJimmyPlayerDead Ball EraAntrim1st4/19/1895Yes
ComiskeyCharlesExecutiveEmerald AgeCavan1st5/2/1882Yes
ConleyGenePlayerModern EraDonegal9th4/17/1952No
ConlonPJPlayerModern EraAntrimIrish Born5/7/2018No
ConnallySargePlayerModern EraDonegal6th9/10/1921No
CostnerKevinMediaModern EraFermanagh9th1988No
CulpRayPlayerModern EraDown7th4/10/1963No
CuylerKikiPlayerModern EraDown2nd9/29/1921Yes
DailyHughPlayerEmerald AgeCavanIrish Born5/1/1882No
DanielsPeterPlayerEmerald AgeCavanIrish Born4/19/1890No
DesmondIanPlayerModern EraCavan5th9/10/2009No
DickeyBillPlayerModern EraAntrim3rd8/15/1928Yes
DuffyHughPlayerEmerald AgeMonaghan1st6/23/1888Yes
DuvallAdamPlayerModern EraDonegal9th6/26/2014No
EckersleyDennisPlayerModern EraArmagh7th8/12/1975Yes
EllisDockPlayerModern EraTyrone10th6/18/1968No
FerrellRickPlayerModern EraDown8th4/19/1929Yes
FerrellWesPlayerModern EraDown8th9/9/1927No
GallagherGuyManager/CoachModern EraDonegal3rd1996No
GibsonKirkPlayerModern EraAntrim8th9/8/1979No
GroatDickPlayerModern EraDown3rd7/19/1952No
GroveLeftyPlayerModern EraDerry8th4/15/1925Yes
HamiltonBillyPlayerEmerald AgeDown1st7/31/1888Yes
HanlonNedManager/CoachEmerald AgeArmagh1st5/1/1880Yes
HornsbyRogersPlayerModern EraTyrone4th9/10/1915Yes
HugginsMillerManager/CoachModern EraAntrim2nd4/15/1904Yes
HughesPatMediaModern EraDonegal8th1986No
JamesBillMediaModern EraDerry5th1977No
JohnsonWalterPlayerDead Ball EraDonegal5th8/2/1907Yes
KalineAlPlayerModern EraAntrim7th6/25/1953Yes
KellGeorgePlayerModern EraDerry6th9/28/1943Yes
KeoughMattPlayerModern EraArmagh4th9/3/1977No
KershawClaytonPlayerModern EraTyrone7th5/25/2008No
KinerRalphPlayerModern EraDerry4th4/12/1946Yes
LeiterAlPlayerModern EraAntrim4th9/15/1987No
LeonardAndyPlayerEmerald AgeCavanIrish Born5/5/1871No
LyleSparkyPlayerModern EraAntrim7th7/4/1967No
MackReddyPlayerEmerald AgeDownIrish Born9/16/1885No
MadduxGregPlayerModern EraCavan6th9/3/1986Yes
MageeSherryPlayerDead Ball EraFermanagh3rd6/29/1904No
MathewsEddiePlayerModern EraDonegal7th4/15/1952Yes
McAleerJamesManager/CoachEmerald AgeTyrone1st4/24/1889No
McClanahanShanePlayerModern EraDown5th10/5/2020No
McCoyHalMediaModern EraDonegal7th1973No
McEwingJoePlayerModern EraSligo4th9/2/1998No
McGinleyTimPlayerEmerald AgeDonegal1st4/21/1875No
McGowanBillUmpireModern EraDerry1st1925Yes
McGrawTugPlayerDead Ball EraDown3rd4/18/1965No
McIlveenIrishPlayerDead Ball EraDownIrish Born7/10/1906No
McLaughlinBarneyPlayerModern EraAntrimIrish Born2/13/1921No
McNeilJeffPlayerModern EraMonaghan5th7/24/2018No
MelvinBobManager/CoachModern EraCavan2nd5/25/1986No
MichaelGeneExecutiveModern EraDerry8th7/15/1966No
MizeJohnnyPlayerModern EraAntrim6th4/16/1936Yes
MolitorPaulPlayerModern EraMonaghan3rd4/7/1978Yes
MountcastleRyanPlayerModern EraDonegal7th8/21/2020No
MurcerBobbyPlayerModern EraDerry7th9/8/1965No
MurphyBobMediaModern EraDerry2nd1962Yes
NelsonJeffPlayerModern EraDonegal4th4/16/1992No
NettlesGraigPlayerModern EraTyrone4th9/6/1967No
NichollSamPlayerEmerald AgeAntrimIrish Born10/5/1888No
NimmoBrandonPlayerModern EraArmagh4th6/26/2016No
O'NeillPaulPlayerModern EraAntrim3rd9/3/1985No
O'NeillTipPlayerEmerald AgeTyrone2nd5/15/1883No
O'RourkeJimPlayerEmerald AgeDonegal1st4/26/1872Yes
OrrDavePlayerEmerald AgeArmagh1st5/17/1883No
PoseyBusterPlayerModern EraAntrim9th9/11/2009No
ReesePee WeePlayerModern EraAntrim7th4/23/1940Yes
Ripken JrCalPlayerModern EraDonegal4th8/10/1981Yes
RizzoAnthonyPlayerModern EraAntrim5th6/9/2011No
RoarkeMikeManager/CoachModern EraCavan2nd4/19/1961No
SaleChrisPlayerModern EraAntrim6th8/6/2010No
ScherzerMaxPlayerModern EraFermanagh4th4/29/2008No
SchofieldDaveMediaModern EraDonegal4th1970No
SchwarberKylePlayerModern EraDonegal11th6/15/2015No
ScoreHerbPlayerModern EraTyrone3rd4/15/1955No
ScullyVinMediaModern EraCavan1st1950No
SteinbrennerGeorgeExecutiveModern EraAntrim2nd1973No
SuttonDonPlayerModern EraDown8th4/14/1966Yes
TenerJohnExecutiveEmerald AgeTyroneIrish Born6/8/1885No
TerryBillPlayerModern EraArmagh6th9/24/1923Yes
ThompsonSamPlayerEmerald AgeDerry5th7/2/1885Yes
TraynorPiePlayerModern EraDown2nd9/15/1920Yes
TurnerTreaPlayerModern EraAntrim5th8/21/2015No
UtleyChasePlayerModern EraDonegal9th4/4/2003No
VanceDazzyPlayerModern EraDown5th4/16/1915Yes
VernonMickeyPlayerModern EraDonegal3rd7/8/1939No
WaddellRubePlayerDead Ball EraTyrone1st9/8/1879Yes
WerthJaysonPlayerModern EraAntrim10th9/11/2002No
WhiteDeaconPlayerEmerald AgeArmagh3rd5/4/1871Yes
WhiteWilPlayerEmerald AgeArmagh3rd7/20/1877No
YostEddiePlayerModern EraDonegal2nd8/16/1944No
Ripken Jr.CalDonegal4th
LeonardAndyCavanIrish born


Ulster Baseball Achievements and Notable Events

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

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.