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How Well Do You Know Your Jewish Baseball History?

Test your baseball knowledge for the chance to win free tickets to a future Washington Nationals game this season.

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  1. What was the name of this pro catcher turned covert agent after his baseball career?

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    Moe Berg
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    Ken Holtzman
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    Kevin Pillar
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    Steve Stone
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    Moe Berg

    Moe Berg was better known for his brains than his accomplishments in the game. He spoke seven languages fluently, and it was said that "he can speak in seven languages, but can't hit in any of them." Educated at Princeton and Columbia Law School, Berg chose baseball as his calling. He spent 15 years as a journeyman catcher and coach for Major League Baseball. Post-baseball career, as a first-class intellect, Berg served as a spy for the precursor to the CIA.

    Moe Berg
    Via scienceandfilm.org
  2. Which Jewish owner of a MLB team is the only team owner in North America to have won championships in two different major league sports?

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    Jeffrey Loria
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    Jerry Reinsdorf
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    Ewing Kauffman
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    Fred Wilpon
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    Jerry Reinsdorf

    Chicago White Sox and Bulls owner, Jerry Reinsdorf was quoted on the Chicago White Sox Twitter account as saying, “Basketball is just a game. Baseball is a religion, baseball is American.”

    Jerry Reinsdorf
    Via pippenainteasy.com
  3. Which Jewish ballplayer holds the MLB record for most total bases in a single game, with 19?

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    Al Rosen
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    Shawn Green
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    Hank Greenberg
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    Ryan Braun
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    Shawn Green

    In 2002, Shawn Green's 4-homerun barrage puts Green on the list for arguably the greatest single-game performance in MLB history. In a 16-3 win over the Milwaukee Brewers (5/23/2002), Green recorded 19 total bases, which remains the all-time MLB record.

    Shawn Green
    Via jewishbaseballnews.com
  4. How many years has The Jewish Federation of Greater Washington hosted Grand Slam Sunday: Jewish Community Day at Nationals Park?

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    One
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    Two
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    Three
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    Four
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    Three

    Sunday, August 27, 2017 marks Federation’s third annual Grand Slam Sunday: Jewish Community Day at Nationals Park. More than 1,500 community members join together to connect as a community and celebrate America's favorite pastime.

    Three
    Via shalomdc.org
  5. Red Barber once said that Babe Ruth and Jackie Robinson were two of the three most important men in baseball history. Which Jewish baseball figure was the third?

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    Sandy Koufax
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    Barney Dreyfuss
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    Marvin Miller
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    Bub Selig
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    Marvin Miller

    Marvin Miller was the Executive Director of the Major League Baseball Players Association (MLBPA) from 1966 to 1982. Miller brought free agency to baseball, and by osmosis to all other major professional sports. Under Miller's direction, the players' union was transformed into one of the strongest collective bargaining units in the United States. In 1992, Red Barber said, "Marvin Miller, along with Babe Ruth and Jackie Robinson, is one of the two or three most important men in baseball history." His portrait hangs in the Supreme Court of the United States next to his friend, former Justice Arthur Goldberg, the only non-justice and non-lawyer to have that honor.

    Marvin Miller
    Via nytimes.com
  6. Who is the only Jewish pitcher other than Sandy Koufax to win a Cy Young Award?

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    Steve Stone
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    Jason Marquis
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    Ken Holtzman
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    Dave Roberts
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    Steve Stone

    Stone pitched for four MLB teams between 1971 and 1981. His best year was 1980, when he went 25–7 for the Orioles, won the Cy Young Award and The Sporting News Pitcher of the Year Award, and came in 9th in the AL MVP voting.

    Steve Stone
    Via pinterest.com
  7. What was the first major-league baseball stadium with a kosher food concession?

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    Tiger Stadium
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    Ebbets Field
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    Shea Stadium
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    Camden Yards
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    Camden Yards

    From the Jewish owners and executives to the Jewish players and, of course, fans, Baltimore’s baseball history intertwines with its Jewish identity. And the Baltimore Jewish community even beat its New York brethren for one particular baseball milestone — the first kosher food stand in a Major League Baseball stadium. The stand opened in 1991 at Memorial Stadium and moved with the team to Camden Yards the following year.

    Camden Yards
    Via jewishtimes.com
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