Alexander "Al" Schacht (November 11, 1892 – July 14, 1984) was an American professional baseball player, coach, and, later, restaurateur. Schacht was a pitcher in the major leagues from 1919–21 for the Washington Senators.
Although he compiled a 14–10 won/loss mark (with a 4.48 earned run average) in his three-year MLB pitching career and was highly regarded as a third-base coach, Schacht's ability to mimic other players from the coaching lines, and his comedy routines with fellow Washington coach Nick Altrock, earned him the nickname of "The Clown Prince of Baseball." Ironically, at the height of their collaboration, Schacht and Altrock developed a deep personal animosity and stopped speaking to each other off the field. During their famous comic re-enactments of the Dempsey-Tunney championship boxing match, many speculated that they pulled no punches as they rained blows on each other.
After 11 seasons (1924–34) as a Senator coach, Schacht broke up his act with Altrock to follow Washington manager Joe Cronin to the Boston Red Sox, where Schacht coached at third base in 1935–36. He then focused on a solo career as a baseball entertainer.
Following World War II, Schacht went into the restaurant business. His eponymous steakhouse at 102 E. 52nd Street (at Park Avenue) in Manhattan was popular for decades, catering to a clientele of sports stars and stage and screen celebrities. The menus at Al Schacht's were round, fashioned as oversized baseballs, and featured dishes named after old-time players. From time to time, Schacht would mount the small restaurant stage and launch into his old routines, to the delight of patrons.
Schacht, wrote: "There is talk that I am Jewish — just because my father was Jewish, my mother is Jewish, I speak Yiddish, and once studied to be a rabbi and a cantor. Well, that’s how rumors get started."
Hall of Fame slugger who played for Detroit Tigers. Hit 58 home runs in 1938. (While Greenberg says he ran out of gas, he was subject to a lot of pitching around him so a Jew would not break Babe Ruths 60 home run record.) Career stats would have been better if he had not served six yrs. in the Army at the height of his career.
Koufax is often considered the greatest Jewish baseball player ever. The dominant pitcher in the Major Leagues from 62 to 66. Pitched four no-hitters. Declined to pitch in the World Series on Yom Kippur. Hall of Fame lst ballot selection.
Shamsky is a former Major League Baseball player. He played right field, left field, and first base from 1965 to 1972 for the Cincinnati Reds, New York Mets, Chicago Cubs, and Oakland Athletics. In 2007 he was the manager of the Modiin Miracle of the Israel Baseball League.
Levine is a former Major League Baseball relief pitcher who currently pitches for the Newark Bears of the independent Atlantic League.
Had a short career as a pitcher with the Washington Senators (1919-21). Came back as The Clown Prince of Baseball, clowning around at Old-Timers games, etc. This title was sometimes also held by Max Patkin, (never a major leaguer)--he appears in the film Bull Durham as himself.
Well, we could hardly have a baseball category without mentioning that the composer of Take Me Out to the Ball Game was Jewish. Von Tilzer wrote the music. Jack Norworth, whom we are pretty sure was not Jewish, wrote the lyrics. Neither fellow had seen a pro game when they wrote the song in 1908. Von Tilzer finally went to one in 1928 and Norworth went to his first game in 1942.
Left-handed pitcher who broke into the Chicago Cubs rotation in the 1999 season. His father emigrated from England and Lorraines uncle is an orthodox rabbi in England. The familys original name is Levin. His grandfather, who served in the British Army in Alsace-Lorraine, liked the name Lorraine and changed it.
Cohen, the Tuscaloosa Terror, was a second baseman in Major League Baseball. He played from 1926–29 for the New York Giants.
Better known as Happy Foreman. Pitcher. 1924; 1926. Pitched a total of 8 games with White Sox and Red Sox. Decent stats; no wins or losses.
Dreyfuss was the owner of Pittsburgh Pirates and is credited with organizing the first World Series.