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Today in Jewish baseball history

1917 — The Pittsburgh Pirates acquire second baseman Jake Pitler from the Detroit Tigers for Billy Gleason and cash. Pitler was leading the Southern Association with a .364 batting average for the Chattanooga Lookouts.

1937 — Hank Greenberg, batting against Boston pitcher Wes Ferrell, hits the longest home run in Fenway Park history over the center-field wall, just to the right of the flag pole. The Detroit Tigers lose 11-9 to the Red Sox.

1937 — Bill Starr pinch hits for Ted Williams (in a bunting situation), and the San Diego Padres score twice in the ninth inning to defeat the Seattle Rainiers 5-4 in the Pacific Coast League.

1938 — Harry Danning drives in six runs with a grand slam homer and a two-run triple as the New York Giants defeat the Pittsburgh Pirates 18-2.

1939 — After hitting a three-run homer in the eighth inning, Jim Levey steals home in the 11th, and Dallas goes on to defeat Fort Worth 13-11 in the Texas League.

1968 — Lloyd Allen pitches a seven-inning no-hitter for Idaho Falls, striking out 13 and walking two in a 1-0 victory over Magic Valley in the Pioneer League.

1980 — Jeff Stember pitches a three-hitter as the Shreveport Captains defeat the San Antonio Dodgers 1-0 in the first game of a Texas League doubleheader.

1980 — Neil Simons ties a College World Series record by scoring five runs in Clemson’s 22-4 first-round victory over East Tennessee State.

1980 — Mark Schuster’s two-run home run with two out in the seventh inning spoils a no-hit bid by Jose Brito in Waterbury’s 5-2 victory over Holyoke in the first game of an Eastern League doubleheader. Holyoke also manages just one hit in the second game off two Waterbury pitchers.

1995 — Brian Kowitz hits a 1-2 pitch into right field for a single with two out and the bases loaded in the 10th inning, giving the Richmond Braves a 2-1 victory over the Norfolk Tides in the International League.

2002 — Shawn Green hits an RBI triple as the Los Angeles Dodgers beat Milwaukee 1-0. Green also throws out a Brewers runner at home from the outfield to complete a double play.

2009 — Nate Freiman goes 3-for-4 and becomes Duke’s all-time leading career home run hitter with his 43rd in the Blue Devils’ 10-4 victory over Clemson in the Atlantic Coast Conference tournament. Teammate Jake Lemmerman adds three RBIs and falls a single short of hitting for the cycle.

2016 — Richard Bleier and three relievers combine on a four-hit shutout as the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders defeat the Indianapolis Indians 2-0 in the International League. Bleier allows three hits.

Birthday: Al Levine, 1968

MLB debut: Lou Rosenberg, 1923

Items based on the author’s “Day by Day in Jewish Sports History” (KTAV, 2008)

 

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