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Daily Minyan – Weekend Edition, June 6-7, 2009

 

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

in 1932.

 

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

Olympics!

 

 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

to .307.          

 

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 wifeMy 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

 

 

Daily Minyan – May 27, 2009

On this date in 1950, Hall of Fame slugger Hank Greenberg buys an interest

 in the Cleveland Indians, becoming the team’s second-largest stockholder.

During his tenure, he assembled more African American players than any

other team executive in the Majors. Greenberg’s contributions in finding and

developing talent contributed to that team’s successes through the 1950s

Greenberg remained as general manager and part-owner until 1957. He was

the mastermind behind a move to Minneapolis for the Indians, but that was

vetoed by the rest of ownership at the last minute. Greenberg was furious and

sold his share soon afterwards.

        

Hank in his Cleveland office

 

Did our boys have any Hall of Fame performances?  Let’s take a looksie!  

 

Brad Ausmus, C – Los Angeles Dodgers

Brad went 2-for-5 and scored 2 runs in the Dodgers victory over the Rockies.  He raised his average to .355.

Brad also was the catcher for former University of Maryland pitcher Eric Milton who allowed one run in five innings for his first win in nearly three years.  Milton had reconstructive surgery on his left elbow in June 2007 and missed all of 2008 before joining the Dodgers as a free agent in February

Brad said that Milton helped himself by getting ahead of hitters and spotting his curveball. “That was very effective for him today. He was getting some popups and quick outs,”

“Offensively, we’re continuing to live up to our billing,” Brad said. “When we lost Manny, a lot of the naysayers thought we would have trouble scoring runs but apparently, that isn’t true.”

 

 Ryan Braun, OF, 3B – Milwaukee Brewers

Ryan went 0-for-1 in Tuesday’s game against the Cards, but left before the fifth inning after being hit on the right wrist by a pitch in the third by Adam Wainwright. X-rays were negative, but Ryan will be re-evaluated before Wednesday’s series finale.

 OUCH!!!

 

Craig Breslow, P – Oakland A’s

Craig pitched 2/3 of a scoreless inning in the  A’s win over the Mariners and earned his 3rd hold of the year.  His ERA fell to 5.71.  

Craig gets a Chai 5:

 

                            

 

Scott Feldman, P – Texas Rangers

Scott had a well-deserved day of rest and is scheduled to pitch later in the week.  

                 

John Grabow, P, Pittsburgh Pirates

John didn’t pitch in the Pirates loss to the Cubbies .

  

Gabe Kapler, OF – Tampa Bay Rays

Gabe didn’t play in Tuesday’s loss to the Indians.

 

 Ian Kinsler, 2B – Texas Rangers

Ian went 2-for-4, hit his 2nd triple and scored a run in Tuesday’s Rangers win over the Yanks. His average rose to .283.

 

That effort earned him a Chai 5:

 

                            

  

Jason Marquis, P – Colorado Rockies

Jason is slated to pitch later in the week.  

  

Scott Schoeneweis, P – Arizona Diamondbacks

Scott is currently dealing with the unexpected loss of  his wife.  My prayers are with him.

The following story is courtesy of AP:

 

Grieving Schoeneweis visits Chase Field

PHOENIX (AP)–Grieving Arizona pitcher Scott Schoeneweis visited Chase Field on Wednesday for the first time since the death last week of his wife, Gabrielle.

Schoeneweis played catch and lifted weights before the Diamondbacks’ game against the San Diego Padres, manager A.J. Hinch said.

“It’s still obviously fresh off the horrible tragedy, but he got a little activity in today,” Hinch said. “I know he lifted and played a little catch. He stayed very clear of everything else.”

Arizona general manager Josh Byrnes said the commissioner’s office granted the team permission to place Schoeneweis on the restricted list after his seven-day stint on the bereavement list expired. Byrnes said the club requested 30 days on the restricted list but added the length of Schoeneweis’ absence from the team was uncertain.

“We’ll just continue to talk to Scott and MLB about the realistic timeframe,” Byrnes said. “Return-to-work issues seem a little ridiculous at this point.”

Schoeneweis and his wife celebrated their 10th anniversary in January and had three children together. Gabrielle Schoeneweis also had a daughter before she married the reliever.

Authorities have not determined a cause of death for Gabrielle Schoeneweis, 39, who was found dead in the couple’s home in suburban Fountain Hills. Several Diamondbacks and team officials attended her funeral Monday.

Hinch said the Diamondbacks had no definite plan for the pitcher’s return to the active roster.

“Obviously, we’ll do anything for him to support him,” Hinch said. “Happy to see his face and have him come in to kind of his second home here in the clubhouse.”

Hinch said Schoeneweis planned to speak to the media after he is activated.

 

               

Kevin Youkilis, 1B, 3B – Boston Red Sox

Youk went 1-for-4, and struck out 3 times in Tuesday’s BoSox loss to the Twins. His average fell to .379.

                   

Macher (Big Shot) of the Day  –  Brad Ausmus

               

Daily Minyan – May 13, 2009

I am proud to present the first Macher of the Month to none other than Ryan Braun, who is so good that he merits his own logo! 


 

Ryan Joseph Braun, was born on November 17, 1983, in Mission Hills, CA, won the National League Rookie of the Year Award in 2007, during which he led the National League in slugging percentage. He also won the Sporting News NL Rookie of the Year, the Baseball America Rookie of the Year, the Baseball Prospectus Internet Baseball NL Rookie of the Year, and the Players Choice NL Most Outstanding Rookie Awards. Over the prior decade, the only other NL hitter to win all 5 awards was Albert Pujols, in 2001. 

 

In 2008, Ryan was included on the 2008 NL Sporting News All Star Team, won the 2008 NL Outfielder Silver Slugger Award, and  was third in the voting for the 2008 NL MVP award, with 139 points, behind Pujols and Ryan Howard, for which he received a $50,000 bonus.

 

Ryan’s father, Joe, is Israeli-born and immigrated to the United States at the age of seven.  His nickname is “The Hebrew Hammer,” which references his Jewish heritage, former Brewer Hank Aaron (whose nickname was “Hammerin’ Hank”), and the movie The Hebrew Hammer, starring Adam Goldberg.

              

It is also the nickname of former teammate Gabe Kapler and in the past was a nickname for Al Rosen

           

and Hank Greenberg.

 

 Ryan is one of the highest-drafted Jewish ballplayers in the history of professional baseball. The New York Yankees made Ron Blomberg the number one pickin the 1967 draft.  Ryan was considered the best Jewish minor league baseball prospect in 2006, and became major league baseball’s first Jewish Rookie of the Year the following season.  In each of 2007 and 2008, Ryan hit more home runs (34 and 37) than all but 3 of the top 10 career Jewish home run hitters had hit in their best seasons. Only Hank Greenberg (58), Shawn Green (49), and Al Rosen (43) hit more in a single year.

“Braun” was, coincidentally, the family name of Sandy Koufax, until his mother remarried and he took his stepfather’s name. “There’s no (family) connection that I know of,” Braun said, “but it’s kind of cool.” In another coincidence, Ryab lived for a time with his maternal grandfather in a house that previously belonged to Jewish Hall of Fame outfielder Hank Greenberg. Ryan’s grandfather has lived in the house for over 40 years.

In December 2007, Ryan was the only Jewish athlete invited by President George W. Bush to the annual Hanukkah Dinner at the White House, where he talked baseball with the President.

                      

Now on to the updates.  As far as I know, none of our boys played on Monday, so this update only covers yesterday’s games.

 

Brad Ausmus, C – Los Angeles Dodgers

Brad didn’t play in yesterday’s Dodgers’ loss to the Phillies.

                                                   

Ryan Braun, OF, 3B – Milwaukee Brewers

Ryan went 1-for-4, and scored a run in the Brewers victory over the Marlins.  Ryan lowered his average to .342.

 

Craig Breslow, P – Minnesota Twins

Craig didn’t pitch in yesterday’s Twins victory over the Tigers.  

     

Scott Feldman, P – Texas Rangers

Scott took a shutout into the seventh and gave up one run and four hits in 6 1-3 innings for the first-place Rangers.  He also walked 2 and struck out 2 in the Rangers victory over the Mariners.  Scott left with game tied 1-1.  The Rangers exploded for 6 runs in the bottom of the 7th, giving the victory to rookie Derek Holland, who earned his first career victory.  Scott’s stellar pitching performance lowered his ERA to 4.85.

                  

John Grabow, P, Pittsburgh Pirates

John didn’t pitch in yesterday’s Pirates win over the Cardinals. 

  

Gabe Kapler, OF – Tampa Bay Rays

Gabe went 1-for-2, with a single and knocked in a run with a sacrifice fly in the Rays loss to my O’s.  His raised his average to .234.
 

Ian Kinsler, 2B – Texas Rangers

Ian went 3-for-5, and hit his 10th double of the year. He raised his average to .316.                        

  

Jason Marquis, P – Colorado Rockies

Jason didn’t pitch in yesterday’s Rockies big victory over the Astros. 

 

Scott Schoeneweis, P – Arizona Diamondbacks

Scott pitched a scoreless 9th inning, with one strikeout, in the D-backs loss to the Reds.  He lowered his ERA to 1.80.

Scott gets the Chai 5 for the second time in a row!

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Kevin Youkilis, 1B, 3B – Boston Red Sox

Youk was placed on the 15-day disabled list–retroactive to May 5–because of a strained oblique on his left side.

  

Macher (Big Shot) of the Day  –  Scott Feldman 

                   

Funny, He Doesn’t Look Jewish!

For years, Jewish boys who dreamed of playing in the big leagues could look only to black-and-white photographs of Hank Greenberg

 

and Sandy Koufax

 

for inspiration. As recently as the mid-1990s, there was barely a smattering of Jewish ballplayers. Nobody even knew that some of the players were actually Jewish, such Ruben Amaro, Jr.

 

and Jose Bautista.

 

Jewish baseball fans have long looked forward to the day when a minyan (10 men, the number allowing Orthodox Jews to conduct a formal prayer service) would make it to the show. This year, such sports-minded Jews have finally gotten what they have been praying for.

 

The number of Jewish ballplayers on big-league rosters has swelled to 10. They are:

 

Brad Ausmus, C    Los Angeles Dodgers

 

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Ryan Braun, 3B, OF – Milwaukee Brewers

 

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Craig Breslow, P – Minnesota Twins

 

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Scott Feldman, P – Texas Rangers

 

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John Grabow, P – Pittsburgh Pirates

 

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Gabe Kapler, OF, DH – Tampa Bay Rays

 

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Ian Kinsler, 2B – Texas Rangers

 

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Jason Marquis, P – Colorado Rockies

 

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Scott Schoeneweis, P – Arizona Diamondbacks

 

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Kevin Youkilis, 1B, 3B – Boston Red Sox

 

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The major-league minyan goes a long way toward destroying the second-most offensive stereotype about Jews in America: that we suck at sports. Jewish athletes have been disproving that myth for some time.

 

Dolph Schayes was a 12-time NBA All-Star, chosen as one of the 50 greatest NBA players of all time and is in the Basketball Hall of Fame.

                                  

Quarterback Jay Fiedler was Dan Marino’s successor in Miami. Lennie Friedman, Adam Goldberg, and Igor Olshansky are all NFL linemen. Swimmer Lenny Krayzelburg won three Olympic gold medals for the United States in Sydney. Of course, you can’t forget 9-time Olympic Gold Medal swimmer Mark Spitz. 

                                                                              

Oksana Baiul is an Olympic and World Champion figure skater. And everybody knows about gymnast Kerri Strug.

 

Nevertheless, it’s baseball where the box score seems most dramatic. Three of the Jewish ballplayers are current all-stars: Ryan Braun, Ian Kinsler and Kevin Youkilis. Brad Ausmus is a 3-time Gold Glove winner and a former All-Star. In addition, Jason Marquis won the Silver Slugger Award for pitchers.

                                     

What is unquestionable is, from Hank Greenberg to Shawn Green, baseball has long held a soft spot in Jewish hearts. A Jew by the name of Lipman Pike was the first professional baseball player, when in 1866 he accepted $20 a week from the Philadelphia Athletics to play third base.

 

Barney Dreyfus, who owned the Pittsburgh Pirates, is credited with founding the World Series.

 

And over the years, players from Billy Nash to Jimmy Reese to Larry Sherry to Most Valuable Player Al Rosen to Cy Young Award winner Steve Stone have made their mark on the game.

 

Greenberg’s decision not to play in a crucial game that fell on Yom Kippur in 1934 is part of the folklore of American Jewry, along with the similar refusal of pitching legend Sandy Koufax to pitch the first game of the 1965 World Series that also occurred on the Day of Atonement.

 

 

The New York-based Jewish Sports Review publication puts the number of Jews who have suited up for a major-league club since professional ball was first played in 1869 at more than 130.

 

Though most of us know the two Hall-of-Famers (Koufax and Greenberg), there were many fine Jewish players down through the years, dating back to the earliest days of organized baseball. Jewish big leaguers include a batting average leader (Buddy Myer of the Washington Senators in 1935),

 

 

home-run king and MVP (Al Rosen of the Cleveland Indians in 1950 and 1951),

 

 

earned-run average leader (Saul Rogovin of the Chicago White Sox in 1951)

 

 

and a Cy Young Award winner (Steve Stone of the Baltimore Orioles in 1980).

 

 

Below, I present a list of know Jewish Major League ballplayers.  They may be others and conversely there are some players whose name sounds Jewish, like Geoff Blum, but they are not Members of the Tribe.

Cal Abrams

 

OF

1949-56

Bklyn, Cincy, Pitt, Balt, Chi-AL

Lloyd Allen

 

P

1969-75

California, Texas, Chicago-AL

Ruben Amaro, Jr

 

OF

1991-98

Calif, Phila, Cleve, Phila.

Morrie Arnovich

 

OF

1936-41, 1946

Philadelphia-NL, Cincinnati, New York-NL

Jake Atz

 

IF

1902-09

Washington, Chicago-AL

Brad Ausmus

 

C

1993-present

SD, Detroit, Houston, Detroit, Houston

Jesse Baker (Michael Silverman)

 

SS

1919

Washington

Brian Bark

 

P

1995

Boston

Ross Baumgarten

 

P

1978-82

Chicago-AL, Pittsburgh

Jose Bautista

 

P

1988-97

Baltimore, Chicago-NL, San Francisco, Detroit, St. Louis

Joe Bennett (Rosenblum)

 

3B

1923

Philadelphia-NL

Moe Berg

 

C

1923, 1926-39

Bklyn, Chi-AL, Cleve, Wash, Bost-AL

Nathan Berkenstock

 

OF

1871

Philadelphia-NL

Bob Berman

 

C

1918

Washington

Cy Block

 

3B/2B

1942, 1945-46

Chicago-NL

Ron Blomberg

 

DH/1B/OF

1969, 1971-76

New York AL, Chicago-AL

Sammy Bohne (Cohen)

 

2B/SS/3B

1916, 1921-26

St. Lou-NL, Cincy, Bklyn.

Henry Bostick (Lifschitz)

 

3B

1915

Philadelphia-AL

Lou Boudreau

 

SS/3B/2B/C

1938-52

Cleveland, Boston

Ryan Braun

 

3B, OF

2007-Present

Milwaukee

Craig Breslow

 

P

2005-06, 08

San Diego, Boston

Lou Brower

 

SS

1931

Detroit

Conrad Cardinal

 

P

1963

Houston

Frank Charles

 

C

2000

Houston

Harry Chozen

 

C

1937

Cincinnati

Tony Cogan

 

P

2001

Kansas City

Alta Cohen

 

OF

1931-33

Brooklyn, Philadelphia-NL

Andy Cohen

 

2B

1926-29

New York-NL

Hy Cohen

 

P

1955

Chicago-NL

Syd Cohen

 

P

1934, 1936-37

Washington

Richard Conger

 

P

1940-43

Detroit, Pittsburgh, Philadelphia-NL

Phil Cooney (Cohen)

 

3B

1905

New York-AL

Ed Corey (Cohen)

 

P

1918

Chicago-AL

Bill Cristall

 

P

1901

Cleveland

Harry Danning

 

C

1933-42

New York-NL

Ike Danning

 

C

1928

St. Louis

Bob Davis

 

P

1958-62

Kansas City

Harry Eisenstat

 

P

1935-42

Brooklyn, Detroit, Cleveland

Mike Epstein

 

1B

1966-74

Baltimore, Washington, Oakland, California

Reuben Ewing (Cohen)

 

SS

1921

St. Louis-NL

Al Federoff

 

2B

1951-52

Detroit

Eddie Feinberg

 

SS/2B/OF

1938-39

Philadelphia-NL

Harry Feldman

 

P

1941-46

New York-NL

Scott Feldman

 

P

2005-present

Texas

Samuel Fishburn

 

SS/1B/2B

 

Reading-IL, St. Louis

Leo Fishel

 

P

1899

New York-NL

Matt Ford

 

P

2003

Milwaukee

Happy Foreman

 

P

1924, 1926

Chicago-AL, Boston-AL

Micah Franklin

 

OF

1997

St. Louis

Murray Franklin

 

SS/2B

1941-42

Detroit

Sam Fuld

 

OF

2007

Chicago

Milt Galatzer

 

OF

1933-36, 1939

Cleveland, Cincinnati

Mark Gilbert

 

OF

1985

Chicago-AL

Joe Ginsberg

 

C

1948, 1950-54, 1956-62

Det, Cleve, Balt, Chi-AL, Bos-AL, NY-NL

Keith Glauber

 

P

1998

Cincinnati

Jonah Goldman

 

SS/3B

1928, 1930-31

Cleveland

Izzy Goldstein

 

P

1932

Detroit

Jake Goodman

 

1B

1878, 1882

Milwaukee-NL, Pittsburgh-AA

Greg Goossen

 

1B/C

1965-70

NY-NL, Seattle, Milw-AL, Wash.

Sid Gordon

 

OF/3B

1941-43,1946-55

NY-NL, Boston-NL, Milw-NL, Pitt.

John Grabow

 

P

2003-Present

Pittsburgh

Herb Gorman

 

OF

1952

St. Louis-NL

Shawn Green

 

OF, 1B

1993-present

Toronto, Los Angeles, Arizona, New York-NL

Adam Greenberg

 

OF

2005

Chicago

Hank Greenberg

 

1B/OF

1930,1933-41, 1945-47

Detroit, Pittsburgh

Eric Helfand

 

C

1993-95

Oakland

Steve Hertz

 

3B

1964

Houston

Jason Hirsh

 

P

2006-present

Texas, Colorado

Ken Holtzman

 

P

1965-79

Chicago-NL, Oakland, Baltimore, New York-AL

Brian Horwitz

 

OF

2008

SF

Bill Hurst

 

P

1996

FL

Skip Jutze

 

C

1972-77

St. Louis, Houston, Seattle

Harry Kane (Cohen)

 

P

1902-03, 1905-06

St. Louis, Detroit, Philadelphia

Gabe Kapler

 

OF

1998-2006

Texas, Boston, Milw-AL

Herb Karpel

 

P

1946

New York-AL

Bob Katz

 

P

1944

Cincinnati

Ian Kinsler

 

2B

2006-Present

Texas

Alan Koch

 

P

1963-64

Detroit, Washington

Brian Kowitz

 

OF

1995

Atlanta

Sandy Koufax

 

P

1955-66

Brooklyn, Los Angeles-NL

Barry Latman

 

P

1957-67

Chi-AL, Cleve, LA-AL, Calif, Hou.

Jim Levey

 

SS

1930-33

St. Louis-AL

Alan Levine

 

P

1996, 1998-2005

Chicago-AL, Texas, Anaheim, Kansas City, Tampa Bay, Detroit

Jesse Levis

 

C

1992-99

Cleveland, Tampa Bay, Milwaukee, Cleveland

Mike Lieberthal

 

C

1994-2007

Philadelphia, Los Angeles-NL

Lou Limmer

 

1B

1951, 1954

Philadelphia-AL

Andrew Lorraine

 

P

1994-95, 1997-2000, 2002

Phila-NL, Oakland, Seattle, Chi-NL, Cleve, Mil.

Elliott Maddox

 

OF/2B

1970-80

Det, Wash, Tex, NY-AL, Balt, NY-NL

Cy Malis

 

P

1934

Philadelphia-NL

Moxie Manuel

 

P

1905, 1908

Washington, Chicago-AL

Duke Markell (Harry Makowsky)

 

P

1951

St. Louis-AL

Jason Marquis

 

P

2000-present

Atlanta, St Louis, Chicago-NL

Ed Mayer

 

P

1957-58

Chicago-NL

Erskine Mayer

 

P

1912-19

Philadelphia-NL, Chicago-AL

Sam Mayer

 

OF/P

1915

Washington

Ed Mensor

 

P

1912-1914

Pittsburgh

Mike Milchin

 

P

1996

Minnesota, Baltimore, LA-NL

Norm Miller

 

OF

1965-74

Houston, Atlanta

Buddy Myer

 

2B/SS/3B

1925-41

Washington, Boston-AL

Sam Nahem

 

P

1938, 1941-42, 1948

Brooklyn, St. Louis-NL, Philadelphia-NL

David Newhan

 

2B, 3B

1999

San Diego, Philadelphia, Baltimore

Jeff Newman

 

C

1976-84

Oakland, Boston

Barney Pelty

 

P

1903-12

St. Louis-AL, Washington

Jacob Pike

 

OF

1877

Hartford-NL

Lipman Pike

 

OF/2B

1871-78, 1881, 1887

Troy-NA, Balt-NA, Hartford-NA, St. Louis-NA, St. Louis-NL, Cincy-NL, Providence-NL,, Worcester-NL, NY-AA

Jake Pitler

 

2B

1917-18

Pittsburgh

Scott Radinsky

 

P

1990-93, 1995-2001

Chi-AL, Los Angeles, St. Louis, Cleveland.

Steve Ratzer

 

P

1980-81

Montreal

Jimmy Reese (Solomon)

 

2B

1930-32

New York-AL, St. Louis

Al Richter

 

SS

1951, 1953

Boston-AL

Dave Roberts

 

P

1969-81

SD, Hous, Det, Chi-NL, SF, Pitt, Seattle, NY-NL

Saul Rogovin

 

P

1949-53, 1955-57

Det, Chi-AL, Balt, Phila-NL

Al Rosen

 

3B

1947-56

Cleveland

Goody Rosen

 

OF

1937-39,1944-46

Brooklyn, New York-NL

Harry Rosenberg

 

OF

1930

New York-NL

Lou Rosenberg

 

2B

1923

Chicago-AL

Steve Rosenberg

 

P

1988-91

Chicago-AL, San Diego

Max Rosenfeld

 

OF

1931-33

Brooklyn

Sy Rosenthal

 

OF

1925-26

Boston-AL

Wayne Rosenthal

 

P

1991-92

Texas

Marv Rotblatt

 

P

1948, 1950-51

Chicago-AL

Mickey Rutner

 

3B

1947

Philadelphia-AL

Mike Saipe

 

P

1998

Colorado

Roger Samuels

 

P

1988-89

San Francisco, Pittsburgh

Ike Samuls

 

3B/SS

1895

St. Louis-NL

Moe Savransky

 

P

1954

Cincinnati

Al Schacht

 

P

1919-21

Washington

Sid Schacht

 

P

1950-51

St. Louis-AL, Boston-NL

Hal Schacker

 

P

1945

Boston-NL

Heinie Scheer

 

2B/3B

1922-23

Philadelphia-AL

Richie Scheinblum

 

OF

1965, 1967-74

Cleve, Wash, KC, Cincy, Calif, StL-NL

Mike Schemer

 

1B

1945-46

New York-NL

Scott Schoeneweis

 

P

1999-present

Anaheim, Chicago-AL, NY-NL

Art Shamsky

 

OF/1B

1965-72

Cincinnati, New York-NL, Chicago-NL, Oakland

Dick Sharon

 

OF

1973-75

Detroit, San Diego

Larry Sherry

 

P

1958-68

Los Angeles-NL, Detroit, Houston, California

Norm Sherry

 

C

1959-63

Los Angeles-NL, New York-NL

Harry Shuman

 

P

1942-44

Pittsburgh, Philadelphia-NL

Al Silvera

 

OF

1955-56

Cincinnati

Fred Sington

 

OF

1934-39

Washington, Brooklyn (converted to Christianity following his playing days)

Moses Solomon

 

OF

1923

New York-NL

Bill Starr

 

C

1935-36

Washington

Jeff Stember

 

P

1980

San Francisco

Adam Stern

 

OF

2005-07

Boston, Baltimore

Steve Stone

 

P

1971-81

San Francisco, Chicago-AL, Chicago-NL, Baltimore

Bud Swartz

 

P

1947

St. Louis-AL

Don Taussig

 

OF

1958, 1961-62

San Francisco, St. Louis-NL, Houston

Bob Tufts

 

P

1981-82

San Francisco, Kansas City

Eddie Turchin

 

3B/SS

1943

Cleveland

Steve Wapnick

 

P

1990-91

Detroit, Chicago-AL

Justin Wayne

 

P

2002-2004

Florida

Lefty Weinert 

 

P

1919-1924, 1927-1928, 1931

Phila-NL, Chicago-NL, New York-AL

Phil Weintraub

 

1B/OF

1933-35, 1937-38, 1944-45

NY-NL, Cincy, Phila-NL

Josh Whitesell

 

1B

2008

Arizona

Ed Wineapple

 

P

1929

Washington

Steve Yeager

 

C

1972-86

Los Angeles-NL, Seattle

Larry Yellen

 

P

1963-64

Houston

Kevin Youkilis

 

3B, 1B

2004-present

Boston

Guy Zinn

 

OF

1911-12, 1914-15

New York-AL, Boston-NL, Baltimore-FL

Edward Zosky

 

SS/3B

1991-92, 1995, 1999

Toronto, Florida, Milwaukee

 

I hope to provide daily updates regarding the performances of the ten Jewish ballplayers that I plan to call the “Daily Minyan.” I will provide biographical info on many past ballplayers, especially those of significance.

I will also provide you with my list of the 18 greatest Jewish ballplayers of all time. If you’re wondering why this is a top 18 list, the number “18,” in Hebrew numerology, stands for the word “Chai,” meaning “life.” It’s also a symbol for good luck — not that any of these guys need it.