Al Clark - Active Major League Umpire. In an amusing sidelight, Shawn Green recently told an LA magazine that he came up to bat, in 1999, when Clark was umpiring & Jesse Levis was catching. They all laughed, said "hey, Yids", and since it was right after Rosh Hashanah, wished each other a happy new year.
Barry Latman - Born Arnold Barry Latman. Pitched for White Sox, Indians, Angels, and Astros. (57-67). Journeyman pitcher, best season: 13-5. He was a graduate of Fairfax High School, Los Angeles. In the 59 series, he played against his fellow Jewish Fairfax graduates--Larry and Norm Sherry.
Bo Belinsky - Major League pitcher in the 60s. Pretty talented, but known as a wildman who dated Hollywood Starlets. Pitched a no-hitter in 1962. Mother, Jewish. Father,not. Update: We have been reliably informed that Belinskys mother converted to Catholicism at the time of her marriage and that Belinsky was raised Catholic.
Brad Ausmus - Currently a catcher for the Detroit Tigers. Half-Jewish (mother). According to an interview, relayed by a site visitor, he is now "exploring his Jewish roots". Showed real class in a recent ABC interview talking about his ex-roommate, Billy Bean, who is not Jewish, but recently came out of the "gay closet". Showed the same spirit of tolerance that Hank Greenberg showed to Jackie Robinson.
Second baseman who played mostly for the Washington Senators (1925-41). Lifetime .303; nine .300 seasons.
Outfielder, played 1949-56. Lifetime .269 hitter. Abrams broke in with the Brooklyn Dodgers and played for Brooklyn for his first three seasons. He attracted a lot of attention as a Jewish "Boy of Summer". Abrams retired to Florida and was frequently seen at Jewish Federation events wearing his Dodger uniform and signing autographs. He died in 1997.
Current Triple A minor leaguer with the Dodgers. Pitcher who throws 100 mph. Mother, Jewish. Father, not. Raised without religion according to our source.
relief pitcher (Oakland Athletics)
third baseman (Minnesota Twins)
Pitched for Padres, Astros, Tigers, Cubs,Mets, Seattle.Best season 17-11; 103 lifetime wins w/some weak teams. Father, Jewish. Mother, not.
Not Jewish. This long-time Yankees star pitcher is not Jewish. When he broke in, he was asked this question a number of times. He politely said "No".
Up with a big asterisk. Just broke into the Red Sox line-up as an infielder. He is a second baseman who played way above his projected potential in the minors. Update: Eckstein is not Jewish. Our source is a professional sports journalist. By the way, he did not make the final cut out of spring training.
This is an "amateur listing" but an interesting one. Mr. Jacobs, the son of Holocaust survivors, is a top baseball pitcher for the top international adult amateur baseball league. In 1999, his team won the league World Series and he pitched in one of the winning games. Former major league pitcher, Bill Lee, is on his team. Mr. Jacobs is in the "masters" (over 50) division.
Back up second baseman for the San Diego Padres. He made the line-up this season (2000) and was up for a time last season. His father is Los Angeles area sportswriter Ross Newhan. A baseball journalist was kind enough to share her source with us. Thanks.
Was born Adolf Schayes. He is in the Basketball Hall of Fame. During his career he was an NBA all-start 12 times and coached the Warriors.
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.
Brody is a local Trenton basketball legend where he played under another Jewish local sports legend, Scott Moscovich. 2nd team All-American at Illinois was drafted #13 by the Baltimore Bullets. After a contract dispute and a stint in the U.S. Army he decided to make aliyah. He Enjoyed a successful international career and helped Israeli basketball immeasurably.
Was the Heavyweight champion from 1934-35. Fought with a Star of David on his shorts. Always some dispute whether he was really Jewish; or marketing ploy. It is known that his father was Jewish, but speculated that he was raised Catholic. Father of Max Baer, Jr. who played Jethro on Beverly Hillbillies.
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.
is a Ukrainian-born Jewish-American boxer from Brooklyn, New York in the welterweight division. He is a practicing Orthodox Jew, and became so after he moved to Brooklyn. He does not fight on the Sabbath or Jewish holidays and follows Jewish dietary laws.
Was a major boxing promoter of the 20s and 30s. Began as a ticket scalper. Signed Joe Louis to an exclusive contract in 35. Put on major fights in the Garden. Died in 1953.
is a British-based Israeli heavyweight boxer, currently International Boxing Organization's (IBO's) Intercontinental heavyweight champion, with a 27–1 record. Greenberg has been nicknamed the Lion from Zion.
is a Belarusian-born Israeli professional boxer, based in the United States.He is a former World Boxing Association (WBA) super welterweight champion. Foreman turned professional in January 2002 in the Junior Middleweight Division and remained undefeated for 29 fights until June 5, 2010, in which he lost by TKO in the ninth round to Miguel Cotto.