Posted by Sean Forman on August 21, 2008
This is a guest post from Martin Abramowitz, creator to the Jewish Ballplayers card set.
Ian Kinsler has hit the 2500th homer by a Jewish player in the history of the Game. The historic blow came in the 9th inning off Scott Kazmir on May 26 this season. The Texas second-baseman, who was leading the American League in hits and runs this season before going on the DL on August 18, also hit number 2499 a day earlier, this one coming off C.C. Sabbathia at Cleveland. Getting a good start toward the next milestone, Ryan Braun hit number 2501 May 30 against the Astros.
These calculations were reported yesterday by Jewish Major Leaguers, Inc., a Boston-based not-for-profit organization which produces Jewish baseball cards as part of its mission to "document American Jews in America's Game. The Kinsler/Braun milestones will be commemorated in next season's cards. When asked to explain the three-month delay in reporting this historic finding, Jewish Major Leaguers President Martin Abramowitz could only respond, "it took a while to comb through all of Baseball-Reference.Com's box-scores."
Overall, coming into the 2008 season Jewish players had tallied 2, 467 of the 245, 898 homers hit since the 1870's. "That happens to be almost precisely one percent of all home runs, while 158 Jewish players were about nine-tenths of one percent of the roughly 16,700 players who have played the game, so we've clearly held our own..and with Kinsler,Braun, Youkilis, Kapler, and Ausmus this year, the prospects are encouraging."