Harry Ruby - 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.
Jared Roth - An amateur listing--but we couldnt resist. Jared, who is from Rochester, NY, was named All Tournament Utility League Infiedler. The tournament was the 13 year old World Series of the Babe Ruth League. The Bath Ruth League is for players who have graduated from Little League. Roths team finished second in the Tournament.
Jason Marquis - Pitcher out of Manhasset, LI (where he was a member of the National Honor Society). Highly touted Braves minor leaguer. Reached Double A ball in 1999 at the age of 20. Throws the ball in the mid 90 mph. range. Derailed by minor injuries in 1999, lets hope he comes back this season. UPDATE: Marquis has made the bigs for the 2000 season. He is up with the Atlanta Braves. Correction: He is from Staten Island, not Manhasset, Long Island.
Graduated from Appalachian State Univ. He was named Organizational Pitcher of the Month for June 1999 w/ the Arizona Diamondbacks. He played this past 1999 Baseball Season for the Arizona Diamondbacks AA El Paso Diablos Baseball team.
Played 438 games as a catcher for the Oakland As. Currently a third base coach for the Indians.
Owner of the Chicago White Sox and the Chicago Bulls. Consistently left off voters lists for "nice guy" of the year and Michael Jordans gift lists.
Catcher with the Brewers, Milwaukee, and Tampa Bay. Sent down to the minors in 1999.
Born James Hymie Solomon, in San Francisco. Played for the Yankees, from 1930-31. Cardinals in 1932. Second Baseman. He was Babe Ruths roommate. Reese has said this meant he usually roomed w/ Ruths suitcase, because the Babe liked to "party". Reese played in the Pacific Coast League for 12 seasons, sandwiched around his time w/the Yankees & was named "all-time" 2nd baseman. Later he spent 23 yrs. as a coach w/the Angels & is in the Angels hall of fame.
Catcher from 1948 to 1962 for a variety of clubs (Detroit, Cleveland, KC, Baltimore, Chicago, Boston and Giants). Most active years 1951 and 1952, when he played 102 and 113 games, respectively. Lifetime average .241.
1961-72. Pitcher with the Chicago White Sox and the Oakland As. Horlen won a total of 116 games and pitched one no-hitter. His best year was 1967, he went 19-7 and lead the league in ERA (2.06). Horlen converted to Judaism following his marriage to a Jewish woman. According to a published article, he told Mike Epstein about his conversion at an oldtimers game. Mike said "Welcome to the tribe".
relief pitcher (Chicago Cubs)
Was a Minor Leaguer. Now Double A with the San Diego Padres Mobile, Alabama team. Hes an infielder. In 1998, he was a Double A all-star. Out with injuries in 1999. Father, not Jewish. Mother, Jewish.
Former mayor of Omaha, Nebraska and minor league ballplayer who lead the renovation of what is now called the "Johnny Rosenblatt" stadium. The College World Series is now held there annually.
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.