As today is the first full day of Hanukkah, I am beginning my countdown of the greatest Jewish baseball players of all time. This list is based upon the players success on the field and their contributions off the field. Ultimately this list is my opinion, so if you disagree please feel free to debate with me.
#8- Steve Stone
Steve Stone played 11 seasons for the San Francisco Giants, Chicago White Sox, Chicago Cubs, and Baltimore Orioles. He compiled a record of 107 wins and 93 loses, with a 3.97 ERA. He struck out 1,065 batters, his career Strike out to Walk ratio was 1.49, with a 1.355 career WHIP. Stone had his best year in 1980 with the Orioles. He went 25-7, with a 3.23 ERA, 149 Strikeouts, 9 Complete Games, pitched 250 2/3 innings, had a 1.297 WHIP, and Strikeout to Walk ratio of 1.48. he was named an All Star, won the Cy Young Award, and finished ninth in the MVP voting. Unfortunately, he would retire after the 1981 season, due to tendinitis from throwing so many curveballs during his career.
After his playing career was over, Stone went to the booth to provide color commentary, first with the Cubs and later for the White Sox. During his time in the broadcast booth, Stone has teamed up with legendary announcers Harry Carey and Hawk Harrelson. Also during his tenure with the Cubs, he announced with Chip Carey following the death of Harry Carey.
Personally I have fond memories of listening to Steve Stone call the Cubs games. I tuned in every afternoon once I got home from school and usually was able to listen to the last four or five innings of the game. His contribution to baseball has been both on the field as a good Major League pitcher and in the booth as an outstanding color commentator. Steve Stone rightly lands at #8 and leads off our list of the greatest Jewish baseball players of all time.