Irish American Baseball Hall of Fame

Class of 2008

Connie Mack

  • Born Cornelius Alexander McGillicuddy to Famine Irish immigrants
  • Owned Philadelphia A's for 50 years, honored with ticker tape parade in NYC
  • Winningest manager in baseball history (3,731 wins); led five World Series champions
  • Known as “The Grand Old Man of Baseball," he managed AL in the first All-Star Game
  • Elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1937

Kevin Costner

  • Star of several baseball-themed films, including the oft-quoted Bull Durham (1988), the beloved Field of Dreams (1989), and For The Love of the Game (1999)

  • Has participated in MLB All-Star Celebrity Hitting Challenge and other pro-am charity baseball  events

  • Loves to play baseball even more than he loves watching it

  • Claims Irish, German, and Cherokee ancestry

Sean Casey

  • Career .300 hitter for Indians, Reds, Tigers and Red Sox
  • Voted friendliest player in baseball, nicknamed “the Mayor” for chatting with runners at first base
  • Devout Catholic; co-founded Labels Are for Jars anti-hunger charity with Father Paul O’Brien
  • Family roots in County Cork, Ireland

Mark McGwire

  • Slugged 583 home runs, set single season mark of 70 in 1998 (since broken)

  • Averaged a home run every 10.61 at bats, best in history

  • Rookie of the Year, 12-time All-Star, 1990 Gold Glove winner, and 1989 A’s World Series champion

  • Started Mark McGwire Foundation for Children to help child abuse vicitms

Frank "Tug" McGraw

  • One of baseball's most colorful characters
  • World Series winner with 1969 Mets and 1980 Phillies
  • Coined phrase "Ya Gotta Believe" in 1973
  • Family roots in County Cork, Ireland

Pete Flynn

  • Mets employee since the team’s inception
  • Member of Shea Stadium grounds crew 1964-2008
  • Chauffeured The Beatles to Shea’s first concert and Paul McCartney to its last
  • Born in Ballinamore, County Leitrim, Ireland

John Flaherty

  • Color analyst for YES Network, native New Yorker
  • Played for the Yankees, Red Sox, Tigers, Padres, and Devil Rays
  • Hit in 27 straight games in 1996
  • Family roots in County Kerry, Ireland

Arthur "Red" Foley

Arthur “Red” Foley was the official scorer for 10 World Series, the 1977 All-Star Game at Yankee Stadium, and 3,000+ games overall.  A longtime officer of the Baseball Writers Association, Foley also covered sports for three decades with the New York Daily News and later wrote for the New York Post.  His popular “Ask Red” column entertained generations of baseball fans.  Foley’s family roots were in Cork City, Ireland.  He passed away in July 2008.

Jeff Horrigan

  • Has covered MLB baseball since 1986 for Manchester (NH) Union Leader, The National Sports Daily, Cincinnati Post and Boston Herald

  • Co-wrote the Dropkick Murphys’ version of Tessie, an anthem of the 2004 Red Sox

  • Longtime “Friend of Foley’s”

  • Family roots in Galway, Cork and Killarney