Irish American Baseball Hall of Fame

Class of 2016

Kevin Millar

  • Former Red Sox first baseman who helped break the club's 86-year World Series drought in 2004

  • Lifetime .274 hitter with 170 career home runs, 699 RBIs, 648 runs and an .810 OPS

  • 11-year MLB career featured stints with the Florida Marlins (1998-2002); Boston Red Sox (2003-05); Baltimore Orioles (2006-08); and Toronto Blue Jays (2009)

  • Co-Host of Intentional Talk on the MLB Network with Charlie Rose

Andy Leonard

  • First native of Ireland to play in the Major Leagues

  • Became one of five men to play regularly for the Cincinnati Red Stockings (1869) to complete first fully professional team

  • Played for Boston Red Stockings/Red Caps (1872-78) and Cincinnati Reds (1880), where he won six championships

  • Lifetime .299 hitter with 715 hits and 481 runs scored

  • The Irish Baseball League honors its most valuable player annually with the Andy Leonard League MVP Award

  • Traces his Irish roots to County Cavan

Dave Wills

  • Play-by-play announcer for the Tampa Bay Rays since 2005

  • Began broadcasting career as the voice of the Class-A Kane County Cougars in Geneva, IL (1991-95)

  • Back-up analyst for Chicago White Sox broadcasts for 11 years before becoming one half of the Rays announcing staff

  • Served as pitching coach at Elmhurst College and was interim head coach for the University of Chicago baseball team in 1990

Guy Gallagher

  • Popular clubhouse manager for the Tampa Bay Rays

  • Chief communications officer for MLB Clubhouse Managers Association

  • Tampa Bay's Tropicana Field visiting clubhouse was voted second best behind Yankees Stadium in Sports Illustrated's  poll of MLB players

Ed Coleman

  • Long-time WFAN reporter for the station's New York Mets radio broadcasts

  • Began working on WFAN in the 1980s providing overnight updates

  • Co-hosted midday show Coleman and the Soul Man with Dave Sims in the 1990s

  • Continues to host programs in baseball's offseason and serves as Mets beat reporter

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