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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



 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