In yesterday’s installment of our “30 Days of Irish Baseball” countdown to St. Patrick’s Day, we examined the contributions of Irish-Americans and the 47 major leaguers who were born in Ireland. If you’ve been following our recent posts, you will recall that baseball never took hold in Ireland until the mid-1990s, despite several efforts to bring baseball to the Emerald Isle.
But once baseball did gain a foothold in Ireland, it wasn’t long before transplants from other countries were making contributions of their own to Ireland’s newest pastime. Yes, we’re talking about the legendary Gus Hernandez!
Cubans Plus Ireland Equals Irish Baseball!
It wasn’t long after Dodgers owner Peter O’Malley teamed up with Baseball Ireland to build a new baseball field in Dublin that Cuban immigrants were playing baseball in their adopted homeland.
You read that right: Cuban baseball players. In Ireland. It’s every bit as surreal and awesome as you can imagine: