With baseball season in full swing, we wanted to share an updated list of the most notable 9 Jews of Chicago baseball. Whether you are a Cubs fan or a White Sox fan, it is time to “Play ball!” and root for the tribe!
Joc Pederson has played in the Major Leagues since 2014. He is 1x All-Star and a 2x World Series Champion with the 2020 Dodgers and the 2021 Braves. In 2013, he played for Team Israel in the World Baseball Classic.
White Sox (2012)
Though Kevin Youkilis only played in Chicago for one season, he is one of the most accomplished Jewish baseball players of the 21st century. His career highlights include being a 3x All-Star, a 2x World Series Champion with the Boston Red Sox, and a Gold Glove Award.
Pitcher Scott Effross is the only Jewish player on the Cubs current roster. A standout college pitcher for the Indiana Hoosiers, Effross made his big league debut in August 2021 in a game against the White Sox.
Ken Holtzman has the most career wins among any Jewish pitcher in baseball history (even more than Hall of Famer Sandy Koufax). He has won three World Series with the Oakland Athletics, has two All-Star game selections, and has pitched two no-hitters.
White Sox (1926-1930)
Though his baseball career lasted fifteen seasons, Moe Berg never surpassed the status of a mediocre player. He is best known for being a United States spy during World War II shortly following his playing days. A 2018 film called The Catcher Was a Spy starring Paul Rudd recounts Berg’s experiences as a spy.
A sixteen-year veteran, Jason Marquis is a World Series champion with the 2006 St. Louis Cardinals, a 1x All-Star, and a 1x Silver Slugger Award winner. As of 2014, he has the third-most wins and strikeouts among all Jewish pitchers. At age 38, he played for Team Israel in the 2017 World Baseball Classic.
White Sox (1973, 1977-1978), Cubs (1974-1976)
Considered one of the best Jewish pitchers of all time, Steve Stone won the 1980 Cy Young Award (the pitching MVP) and has the fourth-most wins and strikeouts among all Jewish pitchers. He currently is a TV commentator for the White Sox.
As the President of Baseball Operations for ten seasons, Theo Epstein is best known for leading the 2016 Cubs to a World Series title, breaking the dreadful 108-year curse. He also won two World Series with the Red Sox in 2004 and 2007.
White Sox (1981-present)
Jerry Reinsdorf has been the co-owner of the Chicago White Sox beginning in 1981, and chief owner since 2016. The White Sox won the 2005 World Series, breaking an 88-year championship drought. Additionally, he has been the owner of the Chicago Bulls since 1985.
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