We Missed These Jewish Jocks. Do You Know Them?
1. Amy Alcott
b. Winner of five golf majors.
Besides the five majors, Alcott won 24 additional LPGA tournaments.
2. Ryan Braun
j. Last season's National League Most Valuable Player.
Braun, of the Milwaukee Brewers, had a great season this year as well. He already has a case for third-best Jewish ballplayer of all time; Al Rosen, profiled in Jewish Jocks by David Margolick, was basically this good for as long as Braun has been, but Braun could have another great decade in him.
3. Rod Carew
d. The only non-Jew on this list.
Contrary to Adam Sandler's "Hanukkah Song," Carew, the great baseball slugger, never converted. He did, however, marry a Jewish woman, and their children were raised Jewish.
4. Sid Gilman
a. As head coach of the San Diego Chargers, developed a pass-heavy offense that serves as the template for contemporary football's downfield attack.
Gilman was fired by the Los Angeles Rams right before the American Football League started up, and was promptly hired by the brand-new Los Angeles Chargers, who moved to San Diego after one season. His team won the 1963 championship. Early on, Al Davis, profiled in Jewish Jocks by Ben Wallace-Wells, was his assistant.
5. Fred Lebow
i. Founder of the New York City Marathon.
A statue of Lebow presides over the marathon finish line in Central Park.
6. Red Klotz
h. To this day, the coach of the Washington Generals, the basketball team that ritualistically gets defeated by the Harlem Globetrotters.
The 88-year-old Klotz' Generals have reportedly lost more than 7,000 consecutive games.
7. Lip Pike
g. The first professional baseball player—that is, the first person who was ever compensated for services rendered on the diamond.
Pike was a legitimate baseball star. So why have you never heard of him? Probably because his peak came in the 1870s.
8. Steve Sabol
f. Longtime head of NFL Films, whose gridiron documentaries shaped the mythological lens through which many see professional football.
Sadly, Sabol died earlier this year; his father, Ed, who founded NFL Films, is ailing. For a sense of Sabol's poetry, check out this famous clip [http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r5CTKlF45Ds&feature=related] set to his poem, "The Autumn Wind."
9. Abe Saperstein
c. The impresario behind the Harlem Globetrotters, from its beginnings as a team that genuinely played to compete to the lovable bunch of pranksters you know today.
Actually, the Globetrotters started in Chicago. "Harlem" was a bit of marketing to indicate the then-novelty that its players were black.
10. Dara Torres
e. A 12-time Olympic gold-medalist swimmer.
In 2008, she won three silver medals in Beijing at the age of 41.