St. Patty’s Day Special

In honor of St. Patty’s Day, I’ve decided to compile a list of all time favorite Irish (or Irish-American) athletes. I’ll probably miss some guys, but here’s the list.  Don’t forget to have a drink or two for these guys tonight.

Paddy Harrington 

One of my favorite non lefthanded golfers, the Dublin born Harrington has three majors under his belt including back to back Open Championships in ’07 and ’08.  As for his distant cousin Joey Harrington….yeah, let’s just say he won’t be making this list.

The 1986 Boston Celtics

Led by Kevin McHale, the ’86 Celtics dominated going 67-15 and beating the Lakers for the NBA Championship. Oh yeah, and they had some Larry Bird guy on this team…I think he was pretty decent.  Before anyone says anything about the whole team being Irish, I’m pretty sure you have to be Irish to play for the Celts.  I wouldn’t be surprised if they do background checks.

Owen Nolan

The five time NHL All Star from Belfast has had quite a career, scoring 420 goals for six franchises over the better part of two decades.  Not only can he score, but he can bang the body as well, being one of the top power forwards in the NHL in the late ’90s.


I don’t watch much wrestling these days, but I have heard of this Irishman. Still technically in his first year in the WWE, Shameus has already won gold as the promotion’s champion.  Ok, so it’s scripted, but it’s still an accomplishment.

Connie Mack

The son of Irish immigrants, Cornelius McGillicuddy is a legend in the baseball world.  He managed the Philadelphia A’s for FIFTY years, which included five World Series titles.  The old ballpark in Philadelphia bore his name and now he has a statue outside of Citizens Bank Park.

John McEnroe

Not afraid to speak his mind, McEnroe was the King of the tennis world in the early ’80s, winning 7 Grand Slams, all between the years of 1979-1984.

Dishonorable Mentions:

Mark McGwire

10 years ago, Big Mac would probably top the list, but between then and now, things have changed.  McGwire has fallen from the top of the mountain, landed hard and is now trying to work his way back up, by joining the Cardinals as a hitting coach. 

Peter Griffin

His selfishness and arrogance get Patriots quarterback Tom Brady pissed off at him, and get Peter Griffin traded to the London Silly Nannies.


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