Presenting Philly's All-Irish* team

Everyone is Irish on St. Patrick's Day, even the Phanatic.
Everyone is Irish on St. Patrick's Day, even the Phanatic.
Posted: March 18, 2013

Real Irishmen never drink green beer unless it's the only foam on tap. So grab a Guinness or an O'Doul's, and toast St. Paddy's Day with us in the first, possibly annual, definitely incomplete, Irish Athletes with Philly Ties List. (Add your own Hall of Famers to our All-Irish team at

Cornelius McGillicuddy Sr.

Better known as Connie Mack, he was born in East Brookfield, Mass., three days before Christmas

in 1862 to Irish immigrants, Michael McGillicuddy and Mary McKillop. Hedied two days after Babe Ruth's birthday at 93 in 1956, and is buried inGlenside.

After 11 seasons in the major leagues Mack took off his catcher's mask in

1896 and put on a straw hat and snazzy suit to manage. In 1901, he began a 50-

year stint as manager of the Philadelphia Athletics, winning three World Series and racking up 3,731 wins.

Frank Edwin McGraw Jr.

Better known as Tug, the relief pitcher is beloved in these parts for jumping in the air after striking out Willie Wilson of the Kansas City Royals to give the Phillies the World Series championship in 1980.

When asked about his salary, Tug once said: "Ninety percent I'll spend on good times, women and Irish whiskey. The other ten percent I'll probably waste."

Ya Gotta Believe he makes the list.

Scroogie McGraw's alter ego in a comic strip he and Mike White developed. We're making an exception for a nonhuman and probably a non-Phillie since Scroogie was a relief pitcher for the Pets, which sounds suspiciously like a team from New York.

Ed Delahanty

Before he was kicked off a train and his body was found in the Niagara River near the Falls amid mysterious circumstances, the Phillie slugger and son of Irish immigrants dominated the 1890s, batting over .400 three times.

Charles Kelly

Chip, the new Eagles coach, ducked us in Oregon at first but got here just in time to make this list.

Bill O'Brien

The Penn State football coach works close enough to Philly and could use a Guinness or 10 after his burdensome year.

Donovan McNabb

OK, just checking to see if you are paying attention. The former Eagles Pro Bowl quarterback has the perfect name, and some of his passes looked as if they were aimed at leprechauns so he's on list as an honorary member.

Villanova distance runners Not all of them come from Ireland. It just seems that way. Marcus O'Sullivan, the current track coach, ran at the school and graduated in 1984. Other standouts include Ron Delaney ('58), Eamonn Coghlan ('76) and Sonia O'Sullivan ('91), among others.

John Brennan Kelly Sr.

Born in Philly. Son of Irish natives. Bricklayer. Rower extraordinaire. Best in the country in 1916. Best in world in 1920. (He won two Olympic golds that year and one more four years later.)

There is a statue of him rowing by the Schuylkill River.

John Brennan Kelly Jr.

Born in Philly. Grandson of Irish natives. Rower extraordinaire Jr.

In 1947, he was the top amateur athlete in U.S. The Kelly Drives are named after Jack Jr.

Grace Kelly

The list needed some class. The princess makes the lineup as a cheerleader for her brother and father.

Jimmy Murray

The philanthropic former Eagles general manager adds more class.

Shamrock Shake

It's inanimate but tastes better than green beer.

"Irish" Mike Ryan

We include the former Phillies catcher (1968–73) and later coach (1975-79) for obvious reasons.

Phillie Phanatic Green fur. He's from the Irish section of the Galapagos Islands.

Swoop The Eagles mascot bleeds green.

Apologies to those we forgot. Have a nongreen one on us.

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