Mike 'King' Kelly, the Irish-American baseball star who inspired the first pop song

Children of Irish Famine emigrants became baseball superstars in the game's 'Emerald Era'

In 1888 Mike 'King' Kelly published the first autobiography ever written by a baseball player, and his fame reached new heights.

In 1888 Mike 'King' Kelly published the first autobiography ever written by a baseball player, and his fame reached new heights.

Earlier this summer, Belfast native PJ Conlon garnered significant media attention when he debuted for the New York Mets and became the first Irish-born Major League Baseball player since 1945.

While Conlon may be considered an anomaly in the sport today, there was once a time when being an Irish player was much less noteworthy; in fact, it was almost the norm.

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