From SABR member Lawrence Hogan at The National Pastime Museum on March 16, 2015:
In nineteenth-century New York City, politics and baseball would prove to be Irish games.
The political club Tammany Hall, which is inseparably linked with the emergence of the Irish as a potent force in American politics, was at the center of New York City Democratic politics. (Could there be any other kind for the pioneering generation of immigrants from the Emerald Isle?)
The famine of the mid-1840s first sent large numbers of Irish peasants onto the streets of New York. The “Sons of Saint Tammany,” present from the nation’s founding years with statesmen of the likes of Thomas Jefferson and James Madison as founding members, was ready to introduce newcomers from Erin’s shores to the realities of an American political world they would quickly come to dominate in New York as well as in many of the burgeoning American urban centers.
Originally published: March 17, 2015. Last Updated: March 17, 2015.