Today in Jewish baseball history
1903 — A syndicate headed by Pittsburgh Pirates owner Barney Dreyfuss and James Potter purchases the Philadelphia Phillies for $170,000. It will be another seven years before ownership interest in more than one team is prohibited.
1966 — Sandy Koufax and Don Drysdale begin a joint holdout from the Los Angeles Dodgers. They seek an unprecedented three-year, $1.05-million contract to be divided evenly. The deal, equivalent to an annual salary of $167,000 for each pitcher, will make them the best-paid players.
Mike Milchin, 1968 — Milchin was a standout pitcher and first baseman at Clemson. He was selected by the St. Louis Cardinals in the second round of the 1989 amateur draft after winning a gold medal with the 1988 U.S. Olympic team in Seoul, South Korea. He reached the majors in 1996 when he appeared in 39 games as a relief pitcher for the Minnesota Twins and the Baltimore Orioles.
Recent transactions (2024)
3B Noah Mendlinger assigned to St. Louis Cardinals
RHP Harrison Cohen assigned to New York Yankees
LHP Evan Kravetz assigned to Cincinnati Reds
RHP Ben Simon assigned to New York Mets
Items based on the author’s “Day by Day in Jewish Sports History” (KTAV 2008)