How many Major Leaguers were born in Ireland? Over the years there have been 43, although there are no current MLB players from Ireland. The first person from Ireland to play Major League Baseball was John Curran, from Dublin, Ireland. Curran played for the Philadelphia Athletics in 1876, appearing in only 3 games.
The most recent player born in Ireland was Joe Cleary, who was born in Cork, Ireland, in 1918. Cleary played 1 game with the Washington Senators in 1945, amassing an ERA of 189.19! According to Wikipedia, on August 4, 1945, Cleary came in as a reliever in the 4th inning of game 2 of a double header with the Red Sox. He gave up 5 hits, 3 walks, and 7 earned runs in 1/3 of an inning. One of the batters he faced, Tom McBride, batted in 6 of those runs.
Last week we looked at the stats for Major Leaguers who went to college. This week, we turn our attention to high school baseball. Baseball Reference has a state-by-state list of high schools with which you can find a high school and see who went there. You can also look at each school’s rankings and determine the school with the highest number of players or even Hall of Famers. For example, who attended North Pole High School in Alaska and went on to play professional baseball? (Hint: its not Santa Claus.) Christopher Aure went to NPHS and was drafted by the Pirates in 2008. He spent two seasons playing of the Gulf Coast League Pirates. LHP Aure had a 3-2 record with a 3.90 ERA in 2008 and went 0-0 in 3 games in 2009 with a 1.69 ERA.
Ever wonder where your favorite MLB players went to college? Or if any MLB players went to your college? For example, if you want to know who went to Korea University and made it to the big leagues, all you have to do is go to the Baseball Almanac’s College Baseball page. At that site you can click on any college listed, see which major leaguers went to school there, and get stats on those players.
So, who went to Korea University? None other than Hee-Seop Choi, who played for the Cubs, Marlins, and Dodgers between 2002 and 2005. This left-handed hitter played in 363 games in his four year career with a batting average of .240. For more stats, check out the Baseball Almanac.
The first Serie del Caribe was held in February 1949 in Havana, Cuba. During the series, the Cuban team was undefeated, and the Puerto Rican team won only one game. Al Gionfriddo, who’d played in the Brooklyn Dodger’s minor league system in 1948, led the series with a .533 batting average. Monte Irvin was the series home run leader with 2 home runs and 11 RBIs. LHP Agapito Mayor was the series MVP with a record of 3-0. All three players played for the Cuban team from Almendares.
I don’t know anything about this organization, so this is not an endorsement, but they have some neat data and stats about the Top 5 MLB Stadiums. Check out their website and their video below and see if you agree with their conclusions.
I have to admit, I certainly agree that Oriole Park at Camden Yards is #1! Let me know in the comments what you think!
Stat-urday with the Baseball Sociologist returns! With the beginning of baseball season for the Professional Baseball League of Puerto Rico, I wanted to share two important sites for relevant data:
(1) status.pr – This website provides a wealth of information on the current stats and status of a variety of services in Puerto Rico, such as the status of health centers and the number of schools currently operational. It also shows progress toward various goals. In particular, the page for Puerto Rico Se Levanta provides stats for various businesses and services and how things have changed since September.
(2) MLB.com – MLB’s page on Caribbean Baseball and Winter Leagues provides a variety of types of data for la Liga de Beisbol Profesional Roberto Clemente and other leagues. You can search by type of stats and year.