9 Jews of Chicago Baseball

Jews of Chicago Baseball chitribe

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

Cubs (2021)

Courtesy of CBS Sports

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.

Kevin Youkilis

White Sox (2012)

Courtesy of Bleacher Report

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.

Scott Effross

Cubs (2021-present)

Courtesy of The Daily Hoosier

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

Cubs (1965-1971)

Courtesy of Bleed Cubbie Blue

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.

Moe Berg

White Sox (1926-1930)

Courtesy of NY Times

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.

Jason Marquis

Cubs (2007-2008)

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.

Steve Stone

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.

Theo Epstein

Cubs (2011-2020)

Courtesy of On Tap Sports Net

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.

Jerry Reinsdorf

White Sox (1981-present)

Courtesy of Chicago Tribune

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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