Peter O’Malley, Bill Madden, and others to be inducted into The Irish American Baseball Hall of Fame
Mets Rusty Staub and Joe McEwing and Boston Globe Dan Shaughnessy to be honored by New York museum
The Irish American Baseball Hall of Fame (IAB HOF) has announced its 2013 inductees - popular former Mets Rusty Staub and Joe McEwing; longtime owner of the LA Dodgers Peter O’Malley; Hall of Fame baseball writer Bill Madden of the New York Daily News; and award-winning columnist for the Boston Globe Dan Shaughnessy.
The induction ceremonies will take place at Noon on Tues, May 7, 2013, at Foley’s NY Pub & Restaurant (18 W. 33rd St.), which houses the Irish American Baseball Hall of Fame. Ballots were cast by past inductees and a panel of baseball experts and historians.
“We are proud to induct the Irish American Baseball Hall of Fame Class of 2013 for their contributions to the game,” said Shaun Clancy, president of the Irish American Baseball Hall of Fame and owner of Foley’s, which features one of the country’s most extensive public displays of baseball memorabilia.
"The 2013 inductees include two of America's best known sports writers in Bill Madden and Dan Shaughnessy and the longtime owner of one of baseball's iconic franchises in Peter O'Malley. We are also proud to honor two of the most popular players in Mets history: Rusty Staub, a main cog in the 1973 NL Championship season, and "Super Joe" McEwing, a tough and versatile competitor for the 2000 World Series team."
- "Super Joe" McEwing: The popular utility player for the Cardinals and Mets played every position besides catcher and pitcher. In nine major league seasons, he hit .251 and played a key role on the 2000 Mets NL Championship team. McEwing managed the Chicago White Sox triple-A affiliate Charlotte Knights in 2011 and is currently the third base coach for the White Sox.
- Rusty Staub: Originally a member of the Houston Colt .45s, Rusty Staub was the first player since Ty Cobb to hit a homerun as a teenager and as a 40-year-old. A six-time All Star who had 2,716 hits, 292 home runs, and 1,466 RBI, he is the only player in history to amass 500 hits on four different teams. Rusty was popular in every city in which he played, particularly in Montreal, where French Canadians embraced him as "Le Grand Orange," and in New York, where he was a member of the Mets' 1973 NL Championship team. Off the field, he founded the New York Police and Fire Widows' and Children's Benefit Fund, which has raised more than $150 million for families of policemen and firefighters killed in the line of duty. His Rusty Staub Foundation works to benefit youth and fight hunger.
- Peter O'Malley: The son of Fellow Irish American Baseball Hall of Famer Walter O’Malley, Peter O'Malley served as president of the Los Angeles Dodgers from 1970-1998. Under his leadership, the Dodgers won five National League Pennants and World Series Championships in 1981 -- with a team featuring fellow Irish American Baseball Hall of Famer Steve Garvey -- and in 1988. He has dedicated much of his life to expanding the game of baseball globally. Peter O'Malley privately-financed the O’Malley baseball fields in Corkagh Park in Clondalkin, Dublin, Ireland, the main home of Irish baseball. He was awarded the Medallion of Merit from the Friendly Sons of St. Patrick, Los Angeles, on March 17, 2013, and is proud of his family roots in County Mayo.
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