John Fitzgerald founded the Baseball United Foundation in 2006 and serves as the organization’s Executive Director. The Baseball United Foundation supports the development of baseball programs in Ireland and other countries where the game is not traditionally played.
Baseball in Ireland
John is an award-winning documentary film producer. His first documentary, “The Emerald Diamond,” won the Critic’s Choice Award at the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 2006. The film told the story of baseball in Ireland from 1996 until 2005. In the years since the documentary was released, John has worked with researchers in the US and Great Britain to uncover the existence of Ireland’s first youth and adult baseball teams in the late 1950s and early 1960s.
In 2017, John founded the first Under-18 Irish Junior National Baseball Team and served as Team Ireland’s General Manager in 2017 and 2018. Under his leadership, Ireland posted a 7-3 record and won the gold medal in the 2017 European Qualifying Tournament.
John is an award-winning video producer and digital marketing consultant, specializing in the healthcare and higher education fields, but baseball projects have been a highlight of his career.
John produced and directed “Playing for Peanuts,” a 10-episode documentary TV series about independent minor league baseball in Georgia. The film was aired nationally on Comcast Sportsnet and it has received over 18 million views on YouTube.
On August 23, 2009 John teamed up with the minor league Hudson Valley Renegades to produce the first video broadcast of a baseball game on Twitter, nearly 70 years to the day after the first live televised baseball game.