Fishel was the first Jewish pitcher in major league history. His career, however, extended to just a single outing. On May 3, 1899, he pitched a complete game for the New York Giants, albeit in a losing effort. He attended Columbia University as both an undergraduate and a law student, and he entered the private practice of law in 1900, although he remained a baseball coach for several years thereafter. In 1901, Fishel coached the Columbia University baseball team, and he continued to receive generous offers to pitch for semipro teams all over the country even after his major league career ended. His law firm, Edwards, Levy, Fishel & George, later achieved prominence in Mineola, New York.