International Baseball in Ireland – US Navy Exhibition Match (1917) Re-enactment 2017


DateHome TeamAway Team
100th AnniversaryVenue: Mardyke, UCC
25.07.2017Cork Rebel Alliance3UCC All Americans3
US Navy Baseball Match in Ireland 100th Anniversary Re-enactment – 25 July 2017 [Ref: 3]


On the 100th Anniversary exactly of the US Navy’s Exhibition game in University College Cork, on exactly the same place, American Students studying at a Summer Camp in UCC, along with expats, re-enacted the match between the USS Melville and the USS Trippe (in Irish waters as part of the European Theater of Operations during WWI), which the USS Trippe won 7-6. [Ref: 1-2]

The US Students played a team made up of Irish Baseball players, including Baseball Ireland member Adrian Kelly, which was named the Cork Rebel Alliance, at the Mardyke, UCC on 25 July 2017. The Re-enactment finished a 3-3 tie after four innings, including 2 Home runs for the Cork Rebel Alliance. [Ref: 3]

UCC All Americans included Nicole Dehnel, Kristin Tocci, Alex Smith and Katie Wright. [Ref: 1] and the game raised money for Irish Charity, Guide Dogs for the Blind.

See: for a report on the original match.

Baseball Ireland’s Adrian Kelly and Nicole Dehnel revreating the 1917 Baseball Picture. Pic: Eddie O’Hare [Ref: 4]



[1] O’Riordan, Sean (2017) “Famous Baseball game by US Sailors recreated in Cork” Irish Examiner. Wednesday, July 26, 2017. [Internet] Available from: [Accessed 28 July 2017]

[2] Duncan, Mark (2017) “An Irishman’s Diary” The Irish Times. Wednesday, August 23, 2017.

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[3] Baseball Ireland Facebook (2017) Post , July 26, 2017:”” [Internet] Available from: [Accessed 24 April 2020]


[4] O’Hare, Eddie (2017) “Adrian Kelly of Baseball Ireland and Nicole Dehnel recreating the 1917 Baseball picture at the Cricket Grounds in Cork” Irish Examiner. Wednesday, July 26, 2017. [Internet] Available from: [Accessed 28 July 2017]


Thanks to Roisin O’Callaghan, Sarah Jane Masterson, Lorna Rose Masterson and Sondra Maher (Marlay Softball Club).

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