Greatest Jewish Baseball Players- #7 Ken Holtzman

During a 15 year career, Ken Holtzman posted a record of 174 wins (the most for any Jewish pitcher) against 150 loses, with a 3.49 era. He recorded 1601 career strikeouts, which are second among Jewish pitchers behind only Sandy Koufax. Along the way Holtzman pitched for the Chicago Cubs, Oakland Athletics, Baltimore Orioles, and New York Yankees, before returning to the Cubs to finish his career in 1979.

Holtzman was twice selected as an American League All Star, in 1972 and 1973. He only appeared in the 1973 Mid-Summer Classic, where he pitched 2/3 of an inning, giving up only one hit, a single to Ron Santo. Holtzman was an intricate part of the Athletics winning three straight World Series Championships from 1972 to 1974. He went 59-41 with a 2.85 ERA during those three seasons.


Holtzman is also in elite company, as he is one of just 25 pitchers in Major League history to throw more than one no hitter in his career. His first was against the Atlanta Braves on August 19, 1969. On June 3, 1971, Holtzman joined this elite club when he no hit the Cincinnati Reds.

Ken Holtzman was an excellent pitcher during his career, and his contributions to team success, along with his individual accomplishments place him at #7 on the list of greatest Jewish baseball players of All Time.



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