Frank Charles - Currently playing Triple A ball with the Houston Astros New Orleans farm club. His mother is Jewish, his father is not. UPDATE: Frank Charles just broke into the bigs. He was called up to the Astros line-up at the beginning of September, 2000. He is listed on the roster as a catcher.
Goody Rosen - Born George Goodwin Rosen. Canadian. Played for the Dodgers btw. 1937-39; 1944-46. Outfielder. Lifetime .291. Told Jon Blank, who runs the "Jewish Baseball Western Wall of Fame", that "his proudest accomplishment was being the only Canadian Jew to ever play in the majors". Also in Canadian Baseball HOF.
Played for Mets (4yrs) and Seattle Pilots/Milwaukee Brewers (2yrs). Catcher and first baseman. Lifetime .241 hitter. Father, Jewish. Mother, not.
New York Giants Catcher, 1933-42. Lifetime .285 hitter. His brother Ike played 2 games for the St. Louis Browns (1928). Nickname was "Harry the Horse". He was on the all-star team btw. 38-40. Once hit for the cycle (single, double, triple, hr. in one game).
Pitcher for Detroit Tigers and Cleveland Indians btw. 1935 and 1942. Was winning pitcher with Tigers in game which Bob Feller pitched a no-hitter, but did not win.
Harry played 9 games for the NY Giants in 1930. His brother Lou played 3 games for the White Sox in 1923. But their name leaves little guess work about their background.
Famous songwriter (Marx Bros. movies, etc.) who was a baseball nut and was a key player in the most plausible, and we hope true version of a great Jewish baseball story: Ruby is pitching in a celebrity game; Ike Danning is catching. Danning calls the signals to Ruby in Yiddish. Jimmy Reese gets 4 hits. Danning says, "I didnt know you were so good". Reese says " You didnt know I was Hymie Solomon". Credit to "Total Baseball" for this story. Thank you.
Minor league shortstop w/the NY Giants and minor league pitcher w/Dodgers (1950s). Pitching coach St. Johns Univ. (1980s). Pitching coach Anaheim Angels (1987-present).
second baseman, 2x All-Star (Texas Rangers)
first baseman (New York Mets)
Brooklyn Dodgers First Base Coach, 1950s. Played for Pittsburgh, 1917-18. Second base and outfield.
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.