Irish American Baseball HOF @ Foley’s Pub
Foley’s NYC Pub is regarded as having one of the country’s best sports memorabilia collections, with its walls adorned with 3,500 autographed balls, hundreds of bobbleheads, game-worn jerseys, stadium seats and other artifacts. Within the restaurant sits the Irish American Baseball Hall of Fame, recognizing players, managers, executives, journalists, and entertainers of Irish descent.
The game of baseball has welcomed immigrants from its earliest days, when an estimated 30% of players claimed Irish heritage, including Michael “King” Kelly, Roger Connor (the home run king before Babe Ruth), Eddie Collins, Big Ed Walsh and managers Connie Mack and John McGraw.
Shaun Clancy, an amateur baseball historian, created the Hall in 2008 after learning about the rich heritage of Irish Americans during the sport’s infancy.