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Today in Jewish baseball history

1927 — Sol Mishkin collects three hits in his professional debut as the San Francisco Seals defeat the Los Angeles Angels 7-6 in the Pacific Coast League.

1956 — Al Federoff’s RBI triple gives the San Diego Padres a 1-0 victory over the Vancouver Mounties in a Pacific Coast League game.

1960 — Barry Effress’ 10th-inning walkoff RBI single — his third hit of the game — gives Minnesota a 12-11 victory over Southern Cal in the first game of the best-of-three College World Series finals. The Golden Gophers, who won the Series in three games, trailed 7-0 after two innings.

1971 — Mike Epstein, recently acquired by Oakland from Washington, hits homers in his first two times at bat, giving him four in a row over two games. The A’s beat the Senators 5-1. Game summary

1989 — Rick Wolff, 37, writing an article on minor-league baseball for Sports Illustrated, finishes a three-day stint playing second base for the South Bend White Sox of the Midwest League. He replaces Cesar Bernhardt and goes 4-for-7 against the Burlington Braves. Wolff will finish the year with the highest average (.571) of any Chicago White Sox farmhand.

1998 — Mike Lieberthal hits a walk-off pinch-hit three-run homer as the Philadelphia Phillies overcome a 7-1 ninth-inning deficit to beat the Pittsburgh Pirates 8-7. Game summary

2002 — Yaron Peters hits a tiebreaking two-run homer in the ninth inning as South Carolina eliminates Nebraska from the College World Series, 10-8. The homer is his 29th of the season.

2006 — Jason Marquis allows five hits over eight innings as the St. Louis Cardinals defeat the Colorado Rockies 8-1. Game summary

2022 — Major League Baseball approves the sale of a minority stake in the Cleveland Guardians to David Blitzer, whose sports holdings include the Philadelphia 76ers and New Jersey Devils. Blitzer is given the right to increase his stake to a controlling interest in several years.

Birthday

Zack Weiss, 1992 — The right-handed pitcher gave up two homers, two walks and four runs while facing just four batters for the Cincinnati Reds in his 2018 major-league debut. He made it back to the majors in 2023 with the Los Angeles Angels and Boston Red Sox. He is currently in the Minnesota Twins’ system.

Final MLB games

Fred Sington, 1939 — As a seventh-inning pinch hitter, he singles to left field, and a runner scores on the outfielder’s error in the Dodgers’ 7-6 loss to the Cardinals. He is not credited with an RBI. Goody Rosen has three hits in the game.

Brian Kowitz, 1995 — Enters in sixth inning as pinch runner for Ryan Klesko, then plays left field and strikes out in his lone at-bat in Braves’ 2-0 victory over Rockies.

In memoriam

Mel Allen, broadcaster, 1996 (age 83)

Recent transactions (2024)

Triple-A Iowa Cubs activated 2B Chase Strumpf from the 7-day injured list.

Triple-A Salt Lake Bees placed LHP Kenny Rosenberg on the 7-day injured list.

Gastonia Honey Hunters (independent Atlantic League) signed OF Zach Racusin.

RHP Eric Reyzelman assigned to High-A Hudson Valley Renegades (New York Yankees) from Single-A Tampa Tarpons.

Items based on the author’s “Day by Day in Jewish 

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