A fine article by Bradford Pilcher (Bradford is a Jewish name?) where he seeks to convert the Jewish baseball fan from supporting the New York Yankees to supporting the Boston Red Sox. The article is filled with many gems that some of us would never have known, such as Seminal Moment #4:
Seminal moment #4: Involves the Red Sox. Twice. August 8, 2005. The Boston Red Sox host the Texas Rangers at Fenway. After shellacking them for eight innings, the Red Sox own an 11-6 lead. Manager Terry Francona makes defensive adjustments at the top of the ninth inning. Outfielder Gabe Kapler moves from left field to right field, making room for Adam Stern to enter the game at left. Kevin Youkilis, dubbed the â€œGreek God of Walksâ€ in the widely read Moneyball book, enters the game at third base.
With that little bit of player shuffling, the Boston Red Sox fielded three Jewish players in a single game. That hasn’t happened before. Much. I should make a few caveats.
For starters, the Red Sox and Dodgers had played a game more than a year earlier, and counting Shawn Green of the Dodgers with Kapler and Youkilis, that makes three players. It turned out to be the first time three Jewish players had taken the field in one game since the early 1940s (when four Jews played the afternoon before Rosh Hashanah).
The record for most Jewish players in a game had thus been set more than sixty years before the Red Sox’s ninth inning moves. Three or more players wouldn’t grace the same field in a single game for 63 years, right up until that game against the Dodgers. So that August afternoon in ’05 didn’t break any records, and it had only been about a year since three Jews had last played in a single game.
But wait. This was three players on a single team playing in one game, and what team was that I ask? The Red Sox of Beantown. That’s a significant thing, especially when you consider this little factoid: Boston was also the only team to have four Jewish players on their roster at one time.
Well worth reading.