Max Fried, Alex Bregman make Jewish MLB history

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By , Audacy Sports

Hammerin' Hank Greenberg won two World Series with the Detroit Tigers, in 1935 and 1945, and appeared in two more throughout his career. Sandy Koufax won three rings for the Dodgers, earning the series MVP in two of those matchups, and pitched in eight World Series games total. Ian Kinsler, Kevin Youkilis, Al Rosen, Brad Ausmus, Lou Boudreau and Ken Holtzman, to name a handful, all made it to and participated in World Series clashes.

But it wasn't until the Atlanta Braves and Houston Astros met in 2021 for the 117th World Series that our national pastime has seen that we finally got to see a Jewish batter face off against a Jewish pitcher. 117 years!

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Though there were some other really cool statistics and moments from last night, such as Jose Altuve tying Bernie Williams for the second most postseason home runs in league history, the stat of the night for my Jewish self — and, I'd imagine, for several of my fellow Jewish baseball fans — was the nugget regarding Alex Bregman and Max Fried.