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PJ in line to be first Ulsterman in Major League in over a century

Belfast man PJ Conlon says he'll do everything in his power to become the first Northern Ireland-born Major League player in over a century.

The New York Mets pitcher, from Rockville Street off the Falls Road, discovered his passion for baseball while playing video games as a youngster and now he's living the dream at spring camp training in Florida.

The only Belfast native who has played big-time baseball is 'Irish' Harry McIlveen who turned out for New York's Highlanders, later to become the New York Yankees, between 1906 and 1909. Only 47 Irishmen have played Major League baseball in the States.

Left arm pitcher Conlon, who played at the University of San Diego, said: "Spring camp is a big opportunity for me as I'll be surrounded by the Major League players and I can get my name out there and show I can hang out with the big guys.

"I read the stats about Irish baseball stars and it puts everything into perspective. I'm in a position to do something special. You've got to believe in yourself."

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