The author notes that most baseball fans are familiar with the famed Jewish players, Sandy Koufax and Hank Greenberg, both of whom are in the Baseball Hall of Fame. He lists ten less well-known Jewish baseball players whose careers spanned much of the 20th century. Click on the link above to read the article.
(Society for American Baseball Research, 2022) Ferkovich, Scott
Hank Greenberg was a baseball player who spent most of his thirteen-year career with the Detroit Tigers. Over the course of his career, Greenberg his 331 home runs with 1,276 RBIs and had a 313 batting average. As a Tiger, he was in four World Series and the team won two of them. He was election to the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 1956.
The article describes his career, his attitudes towards his Judaism and the confrontations he had with antisemitism from both players and fans. Click on the link above to see the article.
(International Jewish Sports Hall of Fame, 2020) International Jewish Sports Hall of Fame
Mark Spitz competed in the Olympic games. In 1968 in the Olympic games in Mexico, he won four medals in swimming, two golds, a silver and a bronze. He is best known for his performance in the 1972 Olympics in Munich, where he won seven gold medals. Click on the link above to read about Spitz's Olympic career.
(Onondaga Historical Association, 2020) Onondaga Historical Association
Myer Prinstein, from Syracuse, NY, won four Olympic gold medals in Track and Field in the 1900 Olympics in Paris. He was posthumously inducted into International Jewish Sports Hall of Fame in Israel in 1982, the National Track and Field Hall of Fame in 2000, and in 2008 he was inducted into Greater Syracuse Sports Hall of Fame. Click on the link above to read the article.