Today in Jewish baseball history
1930 — New York Yankees second baseman Jimmie Reese hits his first of eight career major-league homers off Hal Lisenbee in a 6-5 win over the Boston Red Sox. Game summary
1937 — Hank Greenberg goes 5-for-5 with two homers as the Detroit Tigers beat the St. Louis Browns 18-3. Game summary
1942 — A year to the day after hitting three home runs in a Memorial Day doubleheader, Buffalo Bisons infielder Jim Levey hits two homers, a single, a double, draws a walk and drives in five runs in a 15-1 victory over Toronto in the first game of an International League twinbill.
1942 — The Miami Beach Flamingos of the Florida East Coast League, under manager Max Rosenfeld, disband because of World War II. The team will resume play in 1946 with Rosenfeld at the helm.
1946 — Mickey Rutner’s three-run homer leads the Wilmington Blue Rocks to a 6-2 victory over the Sunbury (Pa.) Yankees in the second game of an Interstate League doubleheader.
1946 — Gabe Paul, a horse named after the Cincinnati Reds’ traveling secretary, wins the Tomasello Handicap at Suffolk Downs racetrack.
1958 — Ed Mayer of the Chicago Cubs earns his second and final major-league victory when he retires the only two batters he faces in the ninth inning of the second game of a doubleheader against the Los Angeles Dodgers. Sandy Koufax, also pitching in relief, gives up a two-run homer to Walt Moryn in the ninth and is the losing pitcher as the Cubs win 10-8. Game summary
2000 — Montclair State sweeps St. Thomas (Minn.) 13-3 and 6-2 to win the NCAA Division III championship in Grand Chute, Wis. Greg Belson is the winning pitcher in the first game, yielding seven hits in seven innings.
2003 — Ryan Braun goes 4-for-5 with a homer and three RBIs as Miami defeats Bethune-Cookman 10-5 in the first game of the College World Series regional tournament.
MLB debuts: Jake Pitler, 1917; Brian Horwitz, 2008; Richard Bleier, 2016
Items based on the author’s “Day by Day in Jewish Sports History” (KTAV, 2008)