On June 6, 1908, Isidore “Izzy” Goldstein was born in
Odessa, Russia. He was a 6’0″ right-handed pitcher who
played only one season in the major leagues, appearing in 16
games (6 as a starter and 10 in relief) for the Detroit Tigers
Goldstein pitched well, having a 3-2 record and an ERA of
4.47. Goldstein also proved to be a strong hitter for a
pitcher. He recorded 5 hits and 3 RBIs in 17 at bats for
a .294 batting average and .353 slugging percentage.
An article in the “Jewish Daily” in 2004 said the following
about Goldstein: “For young Jews, however, baseball is more
than statistics. Playing ball has been a conduit for blending
into the American mainstream.” His life reflected
the American-Jewish experience: He was born in Russia,
worked in the Midwest and retired to Florida. Izzy Goldstein
was 85 years old at the time of his death on September 24,
1993 in Delray Beach.
Goldstein was one of four players in major league history to
go by the name “Izzy.” The others are Izzy Hoffman (1904-
07), Izzy Leon (1945), and Izzy Molina (1996-2002).
He played at James Monroe High School with another famous
Jewish player, Hank Greenberg, and while both eventually
came to the Tigers, Greenberg was not in the majors in 1932
when Goldstein was. Goldstein was 2 1/2 years older than
Greenberg, but Greenberg made it first to the majors (for one
game in 1930).
I couldn’t find any pictures of Izzy, but rest assured he doesn’t
look like the mascot from the 1996 Atlanta Summer
Izzy was the first mascot designed by computer. It was an amorphous abstract fantasy figure. It carried the name “Izzy”, derived from “What is it?” because no one seemed to know exactly what “Izzy” really was.
Let’s hope that our guys know who they are and that they know the meaning of amorphous. I bet that Craig Breslow does!
Brad Ausmus, C – Los Angeles Dodgers
Brad didn’t on Friday or Saturday.
Ryan Braun, OF, 3B – Milwaukee Brewers
Ryan went a combined 1-for-9 this past Friday
and Saturday against the Braves, scored a run,
but struck out 6 times. His average fell
Craig Breslow, P – Oakland A’s
Craig pitched a scoreless 2/3 of an inning on
Saturday against my suddenly weak-hitting O’s,
giving up 2 singles and striking out one. He lowered his ERA to 4.84.
Scott Feldman, P – Texas Rangers
Scott didn’t pitch on Friday or Saturday.
John Grabow, P, Pittsburgh Pirates
John pitched a scoreless 8th inning on
Saturday, earning his 9th hold of the year in the
Pirates victory over the Astros. He lowered his
ERA to 4.19.
Gabe Kapler, OF – Tampa Bay Rays
Gabe went 0-for-3 in Saturday’s Rays win over
the Yankees. He was lifted for pinch hitter Matt
Joyce in the 9th. Gabe continues to be in a
major slump and lowered his weak
average to .169, which is still – as you may
know- way below the Mendoza Line!
Ian Kinsler, 2B – Texas Rangers
Ian went a combined 1-for-8 on Friday
and Saturday, with his lone hit being a 3-
run homer (#15) on Friday when the
Rangers beat the Red Sox. His three-run
homer on Friday boosted his road
average with runners in scoring position
to .350. His average fell to .276.
Jason Marquis, P – Colorado Rockies
Jason didn’t pitch Friday or Saturday.
Scott Schoeneweis, P – Arizona Diamondbacks
Scott is currently dealing with the unexpected loss of his wife. My prayers are with him.
Kevin Youkilis, 1B, 3B – Boston Red Sox
Youk went a combined 1-for-8, with an RBI and
a walk on Friday and Saturday against the
Rangers. His average fell to .349.
Friday’s Macher (Big Shot) of the Day – Ian Kinsler
Saturday’s Macher (Big Shot) of the Day – John Grabow