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My favorite Jewish sports figures



Al Rosen, the legendary third baseman for the Cleveland Indians in the 1940s and 1950s, once said, "When I was up in the majors, I always knew how I wanted it to be about me. … Here comes one Jewish kid that every Jew in the world can be proud of.''

Well, with Rosh Hashana beginning today at sundown, it's time to honor a list that all sports fans can be proud of. Here is my list of my favorite Jewish sports figures:

Amy Alcott: Won 29 times on LPGA Tour, including five majors.
Lyle Alzado: Two-time All-Pro, 1977 NFL defensive player of the year.
Red Red Auerbach: Perhaps greatest basketball coach/executive in NBA history.
Brad Ausmus: Three-time Gold Glove catcher with the Astros.
Max Baer: Former heavyweight champ and father of Jethro from the Beverly Hillbillies.
Gary Bettman: NHL commissioner since 1993.
Lou Boudreau: Seven-time baseball All-Star, 1948 American League MVP, Hall of Famer.
Ron Blomberg: Claim to fame? Major-league baseball's first designated hitter.
Larry Brown: Only coach to win NCAA and NBA title.
Sasha Cohen: Figure skater won silver at the 2006 Olympics.
Mark Cuban: Mavs owner gets our vote for most outrageous owner in sports.
Ben Davidson: Raiders great might be scariest football player of all time.
Bill Davidson: As owner, won Stanley Cup with Lightning and NBA titles with Pistons.
Al Davis: Raiders owner gets our vote for most controversial owner in history of sports.
Theo Theo Epstein: Youngest GM in baseball helped Red Sox break World Series curse.
Mitch Gaylord: First U.S. gymnast to score a perfect 10.00 in the Olympics and won four medals at 1984 Games.
Sid Gillman: Longtime football coach a pioneer in the modern NFL passing game.
The Glazers: Bucs owners since 1995. Also own Manchester United soccer club.
Marty Glickman: Olympic sprinter and All-America football player. Also, noted broadcaster.
Robbie Gould: Bears kicker hit 24 straight field goals last season on way to All-Pro team.
Shawn Green: On the list of Jewish players, only Hank Greenberg has more homers.
Hank Greenberg: Five-time All-Star. Two-time MVP. Four-time homer champ. Hall of Famer.
Bud Greenspan: Master documentary filmmaker of the Olympics.
Ken Holtzman: Southpaw was a two-time All-Star and member of the A's dynasty in the early 1970s.
Red Holzman: Legendary NBA coach led Knicks to titles in 1970 and 1973.
Sarah Hughes: The 2002 Olympic figure skating champ. Older sister of skater Emily.
Zab Judah: Former welterweight champ was among best pound-for-pound boxers a few years ago.
Sandy Koufax: Three-time Cy Young winner and seven-time All-Star. Perhaps greatest Jewish athlete ever.
Jerry Krause: GM of one the NBA's best-ever teams: the Bulls of the 1990s.
Nancy Lieberman: On the short list of the greatest female basketball players of all time.
Marv Marv Levy: Coached the Buffalo Bills to four consecutive Super Bowls.
Sid Luckman: Old-time quarterback in Hall of Fame, both college and pro football.
Shep Messing: Most famous goalkeeper of the old North American Soccer League.
Josh Miller: Hey, got to have a punter on the list.
Ron Mix: Hall of Famer, one of NFL's best offensive linemen ever.
Art Modell: Legendary owner of the Cleveland Browns/Baltimore Ravens.
Bobby Nystrom: Mr. Islander scored Cup-winning goal in 1980.
Gabe Paul: Baseball exec who served as Yankees GM during the glory days of the 1970s.
Corey Pavin: Golfer won the 1995 U.S. Open; member of three Ryder Cup teams.
Morgan Pressel: Only 19 and has already won a golf major.
Jerry Reinsdorf: Owner of White Sox and the Bulls. Greatest glory: the Michael Jordan era.
Al Rosen: The 1953 American League MVP was a four-time All-Star .
Bud Selig: Major League Baseball commissioner since 1992.
Mark Spitz: Arguably greatest swimmer ever. Won seven golds at 1972 Olympics.
David Stern: NBA boss generally considered one of sports greatest commissioners ever.
Steve Stone: Former Cubs announcer won 1980 AL Cy Young.
Kerri Strug: Best remembered for her vault on a severely sprained ankle in 1996 Olympics.
Stu Sternberg: Devil Rays owner the past two years and in danger of falling off our list if he doesn’t get some bullpen help!
Steve Yeager: Co-MVP of the 1981 World Series while catching for the Dodgers.

[Last modified: Monday, June 14, 2010 2:40pm]


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