Happy St. Patrick’s Day! Worldwide, St. Patrick’s day has become an occasion for celebrating Irish heritage. With that in mind, Winning Streak would like to take today to pay tribute to some athletes of Irish descent.
Is there anyone more St. Louis than Mike Shannon? Born and raised in St. Louis, Shannon spent his entire big league career wearing the birds on bats. After his playing career, he became a radio broadcaster, a position he still holds today. Perhaps second only to Jack Buck, Shannon’s voice and baseball in St. Louis will be forever linked for multiple generations of fans. If being a beloved sports and media icon weren’t enough, Shannon’s restaurants in downtown and the Metro East are the icing on the cake.
A native of Dublin, Ireland, McGregor is the biggest star in MMA. Though he recently suffered his first UFC loss to Nate Diaz, McGregor has been a dominant force in the world of MMA. He is the current Featherweight Champion, and all indications are this loss will just be a minor speed bump for the impressive 27 year-old.
One of, if not the, biggest names in golf, McIlroy has had quite the career, with four major wins. He won PGA Player of the Year in 2012 and 2014, and is looking to compete in the this year’s Olympics.
Yes, it may seem odd to have Vincent Kennedy McMahon, Jr. on a list of Irish athletes, but the man did literally invent Sports Entertainment and is still ripped at age 70. Professional wrestling has been around for over one hundred years, but McMahon infused spectacle into the industry, pioneered national wrestling television, and created WrestleMania. He’s also a former WWE and ECW champion and Royal Rumble winner…for what that’s worth.
Though he is public Enemy #3 in St. Louis behind Stan Kronke and Bill Belichick but in front of Brandon Phillips, that can’t deflate Brady’s list of accomplishments (get it?). He is a four-time champion, and is still going strong despite run-ins with the commissioner and advanced age.