Opening Day at Fenway

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Two Former Sox Head The List of Irish HoF Candidates

My friends over at Foley's NY Pub and Restaurant over on 33rd Street in Manhattan announced on Monday (St. Patrick's Day, of course) the candidates for the Irish American Baseball Hall of Fame. There are 13 in all.

Four current and former MLB players head the list: Derek Jeter (his mother is of Irish descent), Mike Sweeney, and two former Red Sox players: David Cone and Kevin Millar.

Three members of the MLB Baseball Hall of Fame are on the list: Oldtimers Roger Bresnahan and Big Ed Delahanty, and umpire Tom Gorman.

Two MLB managers were nominated: Joe McCarthy and Jack McKeon.

Two media members were nominated: sportswriter Hal McCoy and Mets broadcaster Ed Coleman.

The final two nominees are Bill Shea, the lawyer and executive who helped bring the National League back to New York in 1962 in the form of the Mets and their ballpark was named for him, and actor and rabid Chicago Cubs fan Bill Murray.

The Hall will be introducing a new award: the Pete Caldera-Duke Castiglione "I Didn't Know He Was Irish" Award, given to an honoree whose Irish roots are not well known.

Foley's will announce the new 2014 inductees next month.

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