“The Irish National Team probably would not exist today without the help and support of fomer Dodgers owner Peter O’Malley,” says John Fitzgerald, director of “The Emerald Diamond.” “His role in the development of baseball in Ireland can’t be overemphasized.”
Baseball in Ireland began in the early 1990s, despite a lack of fields and equipment. Ireland’s National Baseball Team began play in 1996 at the European Baseball Championships. Peter O’Malley spearheaded the building of Ireland’s first true baseball fields in 1998 – a move that solidified baseball’s presence on the Emerald Isle.
I was struck in the trailer by one team member saying, “Growing up in California, you never think you’re going to end up in Dublin playing baseball.”