Celebrating Baseball in Ireland on St. Patrick’s Day

I’ve been promoting Irish baseball since 2005, when I appeared on Fox & Friends to discuss my then-upcoming documentary, “The Emerald Diamond.”

This Was a Real Thing: The CIA Agent Who Tried To Bring Baseball to Soviet RussiaSince then, I started Emerald Diamond USA — which is now called The Baseball United Foundation. We raise money to help develop the game of baseball in Ireland (and elsewhere).

Every spring, I use the occasion of St. Patrick’s Day and MLB Spring Training to pitch the media on the story of Irish baseball. More awareness leads to more donations and it means we are able to do more good for kids in Ireland.

This year, the story was featured on ESPN.com and on WCBS 880-AM in New York.

Major league teams annually wear green caps for St. Patrick’s Day spring training games, but the Baseball United Foundation has an even better way for the game to embrace Irish heritage. The New York-based foundation is trying to grow baseball in Ireland. As BUF founder John Fitzgerald says: “There are these guys in Ireland actually playing baseball, not just wearing a green T-shirt.”


So if buying a green Giants, Red Sox or White Sox cap doesn’t quite cut it for your St. Patrick’s Day interest, you can go to BaseballUnitedFoundation.org to purchase actual Irish baseball merchandise. Or make a small donation — as part of a spring campaign, Fitzgerald is asking for contributions as low as $1 to $10.

Baseball Slowly Growing in Ireland, ESPN.com March 17, 2015

If you’d like to show your support for baseball in Ireland, visit www.SupportIrishBaseball.org