10 Famous Jewish Athletes

It's a little tough to pick out 10 famous Jewish athletes because, unlike comedians who often wear their Jewish heritage like a badge of honor, these players let their skills do all the talking. However, there are great Jewish athletes from almost every sport you can name.

  1. Ken Holtzman. Holtzman pitched two major league no-hitters. His career also spanned the 1960's and 1970's. 
  2. Sandy Koufax. Sandy Koufax is like the Greta Barbo of baseball. Once he retired from the game, he's hardly been seen since. But he was National League MVP in 1963. He's also one of the favorite Dodgers of all time.
  3. Red Holzman. Holzman's probably more famous for his coaching. He even coached some kid named Phil Jackson. It appears as though Jackson's done fairly well as a coach himself.
  4. Lyle Alzado. Alzado played 15 seasons in the NFL. He's also known for his steroid use, which ultimately contributed his death.
  5. Mark Spitz. Before that young fella, Phelps, came along, Spitz was probably the most famous swimmer. Had this 1970's athlete been around today, just think of the endorsements he could have raked in.
  6. Kerri Strug. Strug is that gymnast who won our hearts in the 1996 Olympics by performing with a severely hurt ankle.
  7. Paul Newman. Yes, he's a handsome hulk actor. But Paul Newman was also an auto racer & team owner.
  8. Ernie Grunfeld. This scrappy basketball player scrapped his way to the US Olympic Team.
  9. Steve Stone. Stone was a great pitcher. He took home the 1980 AL Cy Young award.
  10. Hank Greenberg. Greenberg was the AL MVP in both 1935 and 1940. He's now in the Hall Of Fame.
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