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Archive of the Day: 18 Greatest Jewish Ballplayers

1 April 2010

In honor of Passover, the Archive of the Day is a 2007 piece on the 18 greatest Jewish baseball players of all-time, for Salon.com. Ryan Braun and Kevin Youkilis have both raised their standing considerably since this came out, and Ian Kinsler’s on his way up too.

You can never go wrong with an old “Airplane” joke:

“Would you like something to read?”
“Do you have anything light?”
“How about this leaflet, ‘Famous Jewish Sports Legends.’”

Check it out.

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6 Comments leave one →
  1. 1 April 2010 11:55 pm

    So the question becomes, how far has Ryan Braun moved up this list with only 2 additional seasons under his belt? It’s got to be a few spots, right?

  2. Jonah permalink*
    2 April 2010 1:12 am

    Larry, Braun definitely moves up considerably. So does Youkilis. The peak vs. career debate was nearly as tough to parse for this article as the “mother isn’t Jewish, so is he REALLY Jewish?” debate.

  3. buddaley permalink
    2 April 2010 12:12 pm

    Good list. I probably would drop Ausmus no matter how good his defense was and consider Cal Abrams, Mike Epstein or Joel Horlen instead. Maybe even Larry Sherry or Art Shamsky.

    Actually, you can create a very competitive 25 man roster of all Jewish ballplayers.

    • Jonah permalink*
      2 April 2010 12:17 pm

      Agreed. And then of course we have Mo Berg, who couldn’t hit a lick, but was off the charts for intangibles, and espionage.

  4. buddaley permalink
    2 April 2010 3:31 pm

    Using current style AL rosters, what do you think of this team?

    Carew: 2B
    Boudreau: SS
    Braun: LF
    Greenburg: 1B
    Green: RF
    Rosen: 3B
    Kauff: CF
    Blomberg: DH
    Danning: C

    Bench:
    Lieberthal
    Kinsler
    Youklis
    Gordon

    SP: Koufax
    SP: Holtzman
    SP: Horlen
    SP: Roberts
    SP: Marquis

    RP: Latman
    RP: Levine
    RP: Radinsky
    RP: Grabow
    RP: Schoenweiss
    RP: Breslow
    CL: Sherry

    I haven’t really thought much about the lineup order or the best distribution of bench slots or lefty/righty splits. So there might be other choices such as Elliott Maddox to get a real center fielder or any number of real shortstops. Similarly there are quite a few worthy pitchers to consider either for the rotation (Feldman, Pelty, Mayer) or in relief.

  5. Jonah permalink*
    2 April 2010 3:40 pm

    That’s a damn fine team! I’d get Youkilis in there (Greenberg to DH, Blomberg to the bench), but otherwise, that looks spot on.

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