Monday, July 13, 2009

The Top ten games in Baseball Ireland History (number 4)

The Top ten games in Baseball Ireland History (number 4)

Game Number 4
Ireland v Yugoslavia
Hull, the UK
European Pool B Championships 1996

Game files
  • Game: Ireland v Yugoslavia
  • Tournament: European Pool B Championships
  • Game type: Group game
  • Venue: Hull, the UK

This excerpt from my book on Irish Baseball breaks the game down for you like a fraction. From 'Pitching in - ten years on the Irish baseball team'

''
The Yugoslavians had also lost all their games coming into the bottom of the table clash with us, but had more experience, better equipment, a bigger squad and were probably favourites for the game. As would become custom for the Irish team in the next decade though, we saved our best for last. Starting pitcher Bill Beglane showed us what he could do, keeping the opposition off balance with a fastball and a huge sweeping curve. The defence played above expectations and we created runs on the base paths. We won. We beat them 10-9. After getting beaten up for a week we had beaten someone. We ran out of the dugouts on the final out and celebrated like we had just won the World Series. There were, of course, a couple of soft drinks downed that night in celebration.''



The games listed so far:


4. Ireland v Yugoslavia: European Pool B Championships 1996
5. Ireland v Serbia Montenegro European Championships 2004
6. Ireland v Slocum Fenway Park 2001 (pictures here)
7. Ireland v Finland European Championships 2004
8. Ireland v Slocum RI tour 2001
9. Ireland v Lithuania Sweden 2002
10. Ireland v Serbia Montenegro European Championships 2004 3rd

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