Derek Jeter - NOT JEWISH. There is a persistent rumor that this Yankees star is part Jewish. This is what Jeter had to say:"I think people might feel a mystique about me because they dont know what I am," he told the Times in 1997. "I heard Im Italian, Jewish, Spanish. They dont know if Im white or Im black. Maybe thats it. My dad is black, my mom is Irish and Im Catholic, so I hear everything. Im in New York, and there are all different people, all races and religions. I can relate to everyone".
Ed Reulbach - A great pitcher in the first two decades of the 20thc. Pitched mostly for the Cubs. Reulbach has long been listed as Jewish in most books about famous Jews in sports, etc. However, recent research, as reported by "Total Baseball", states he is not Jewish (other notable "assumed, but not" include George Stone and Benny Kauff). If anyone out there has info that contradicts/confirms this report--contact us.
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.
All-American football player at Alabama (tackle 1929, 1930). Outfielder for Washington and Brooklyn from 1934-1939. Played in a total of 181 games. Lifetime average .271. Yes, there really was a pro Jewish ballplayer out of "Bama.
Co-owner of the NY Mets
Played outfield for Detroit in 1999, just dealt to the Texas Rangers. His mother works at a Jewish pre-school. A good ballplayer who shows real potential to fill in the gaps in the all-star Jewish team lists.
Olympic silver medalist
outfielder, 1x batting title
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.
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.