August 14, 2005


Triple play (Gordon Edes, 8/14/05, Boston Globe)

When Gabe Kapler, Kevin Youkilis, and Adam Stern all appeared in a game last week, more than one reader took note that the Sox had three players of Jewish extraction in the lineup, raising the question of whether that has happened before. We posed the question to Martin Abramowitz of Jewish Major Leaguers Inc., and he delivered the goods: ''The 1946 New York Giants had five (!) Jews on their roster: Outfielders Sid Gordon, Goody Rosen, and Maury Arnovich, infielder Mike Schemer, and pitcher Harry Feldman. They broke their 1941 mark of four: Gordon, Feldman, Arnovich, and catcher Harry Danning. The most durable three-Jewish-player combo was the Los Angeles Dodgers' trio of Sandy Koufax, and Norm and Larry Sherry, who overlapped from 1959-1963. Other three-player teams were Oakland in 1972 (Mike Epstein, Art Shamsky, and Ken Holtzman); the 1938 Brooklyn Dodgers with outfielders Goody Rosen and Fred Sington, and pitcher 'Subway Sam' Nahem; and the 1978 White Sox with Ross Baumgarten, Ron Blomberg, and Steve Stone."

Posted by Orrin Judd at August 14, 2005 12:00 AM

Wow! An article analyzing to number of Jews on a sports team. Are you sure it was from the Boston Globe and not the Volkische Beobachter?

Posted by: Lou Gots at August 14, 2005 12:52 PM

Ron Blomberg was also the first designated hitter in major league baseball history, for the Yankees in their season opener against the Sox in 1973. (Surely there's got to be some kind of Protocols of the Elders of Zion conspiracy theory on the moonbat fringes for this, though I think having the DH rule and Steinbrenner's ownership of the Yanks starting at the same time would be a more interesting conspiracy road to travel...)

Posted by: John at August 14, 2005 12:59 PM

My son and I went to the game last night, although we left when the lightning started. Good game. The White Sox do not look like the best team in baseball.

Posted by: David Cohen at August 14, 2005 1:55 PM

Once the September callups are done, the Mariniers should have three players whose first names start with "Y"—: Yorvit, Yuniesky and Yorman. In baseball, if you look long enough, you'll find any coincidence you care to find.

As for the Real Sox, unless they do a Northside-style fold (and no Chicago team is immune), at this point they only have to be the best team in their playoff games.

Posted by: Raoul Ortega at August 14, 2005 5:29 PM

At one point this season my AL rotisserie team included Ichiro, Inge, Izturis, Ibanez, Iguchui, and Infante--every "I" in the league.

Posted by: oj at August 14, 2005 5:34 PM