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Trivia Questions

  1. Who holds the record for most home runs hit by a Jew?
    Bonus:  Who’s second?
     
  2. Who holds the record for most career wins by a Jewish pitcher?
    Bonus:  Who’s second?
     
  3. What Jew has won the most Gold Gloves?
    Bonus:  What other Jews have won Gold Gloves?
     
  4. Who holds the record for most RBI by a Jew?
    Bonus:  Who’s second?
     
  5. How many Jews have won MVP Awards?
    Bonus:  Name them.
     
  6. Who broke the home run record at James Monroe High held by Hank Greenberg?
    Bonus:  How old was that player when he made his major league debut?
     
  7. Who are the three Jewish players enshrined in the Baseball Hall of Fame?
    Bonus:  Who is the other Jew in the Hall?
     
  8. Who holds the record for most home runs hit in a single MLB season by a Jew?
    Bonus:  Who holds the record for most home runs hit in a single season by a Detroit Tiger?
     
  9. How many players named Greenberg--other than Hank--have played in the majors?
    Bonus:  When did he play?
     
  10. What Jewish composer co-wrote “Take Me Out to the Ballgame”?
    Bonus:  Who wrote the music for “Jake! Jake! The Yiddish Ballplayer”?

 

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Trivia Answers

  1. Who holds the record for most home runs hit by a Jew?
    A.  Hank Greenberg hit 331 career home runs--336, if you count his World Series clouts.
    Bonus:  Who’s second?
    A.  Shawn Green hit 328 home runs--plus three playoff homers.  By the way, his family name was Greenberg, but his father shortened it.
     
  2. Who holds the record for most career wins by a Jewish pitcher?
    A.  Ken Holtzman won 174 games.
    Bonus:  Who’s second?
    A.  Sandy Koufax, “The Left Arm of God,” won 165 games.
     
  3. What Jew has won the most Gold Gloves?
    Note:  The Gold Glove was first awarded in 1957.
    A.  Brad Ausmus won three Gold Gloves at catcher (2001, 2002, 2006).
    Bonus:  What other Jews have won Gold Gloves?
    A.  Kevin Youkilis won a Gold Glove at first base in 2007.
    Mike Lieberthal won a Gold Glove at catcher in 1999.
     
  4. Who holds the record for most RBI by a Jew?
    A.  Hank Greenberg, 1276 career, 183 single season (1937).
    Bonus:  Who’s second?
    A.  Shawn Green, 1070, career; Al Rosen, 145 single season (1953)
     
  5. How many Jews have won MVP Awards?
    Note:  The MVP Award was first awarded for the 1911 season.
    A.  Five
    Bonus:  Name them.
    A.  Hank Greenberg, AL (1935, 1940); Lou Boudreau, AL (1948); Al Rosen, AL (1953); Sandy Koufax, NL (1963); Ryan Braun, NL (2011)
     
  6. Who broke the home run record at James Monroe High held by Hank Greenberg?
    A.  Ed Kranepool.
    Bonus:  How old was that player when he made his major league debut?
    A.  Kranepool made his debut with the New York Mets on September 22, 1962, less than four months after his high school graduation, when he was seventeen years, ten months old.
     
  7. Who are the three Jewish players enshrined in the Baseball Hall of Fame?
    A.  Hank Greenberg, Sandy Koufax, Lou Boudreau.  (Adam Sandler anointed Rod Carew a Jew in his “Chanukah Song.” Carew married a Jewish woman and raised his children Jewish, but he never converted.)
    Bonus:  Who is the other Jew in the Hall?
    A.  Barney Dreyfuss, team owner (1890-1932), who merged his Louisville Colonels with the Pittsburgh Pirates in 1900.
     
  8. Who holds the record for most home runs hit in a single MLB season?
    A.  Hank Greenberg, 58 (1938)
    Bonus:  Who holds the record for most home runs hit in a single season by a Detroit Tiger?
    A.  Hank Greenberg, 58 (1938)
     
  9. How many Jewish players named Greenberg--other than Hank--have played in the majors?
    A.  One.  Adam Greenberg.
    Bonus:  When did he play?
    A.  He made his major league debut with the Chicago Cubs on July 7, 2005, and was beaned in his first at-bat.  He is one of only two major leaguers to be hit by a pitch in their debut and never have taken the field.  (Fred Van Dusen, briefly of the Philadelphia Phillies--September 11, 1955--is the other.)  In a footnote to his career, Adam Greenberg was granted one more at-bat when the Miami Marlins signed him to a one-day contract in 2012.  On October 2, he pinch-hit to lead off the sixth inning and struck out on three pitches thrown by Mets' knuckleballer R.A. Dickey.  The fans and his Marlins' teammates cheered Greenberg heartily, nonetheless.
     
  10. What Jewish composer co-wrote “Take Me Out to the Ballgame”?
    A. Albert Von Tilzer wrote the music for baseball’s national anthem.
    Bonus:  Who wrote the music for “Jake! Jake! The Yiddish Ballplayer”?
    A.  Irving Berlin.

 

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