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Hope springs eternal, especially for baseball fans hungry for Jewish heroes.

In the 1970s, for example, many fans thought batting king Rod Carew was Jewish. Rumor had it his wife was a member of the tribe, his children were being raised Jewish, and Carew himself had converted. Adam Sandler’s “Chanukah Song” rejuvenated the myth in the 1990s. Alas, while the first two claims were true, Carew never converted. And after divorcing, his ties to Judaism largely faded away.

Thus, Jewish Baseball News concludes that Rod Carew is Not a Jew.

Below is a list of players often rumored to be Jewish who, in fact, are not, or at least not exclusively so. Many thanks to Jewish Sports Review for its ongoing help curating the list.

Players with Jewish ancestry who don’t consider themselves exclusively Jewish

  • Dylan Axelrod (2011-15)***
  • Harrison Bader (2017- )
  • Bo Belinsky (1962-70)*
  • Braden Bishop (minors)
  • Danny Burawa (2015- )***
  • Lou Boudreau (1938-52)
  • Greg Goossen (1965-1970)
  • Paul Goldschmidt (2011- ); see article
  • Jake Kalish (minors)***
  • Ty Kelly (2016- )***
  • Jason Kipnis (2011- )
  • Mike Koplove (2001-07)
  • Scott Radinsky (1990-2001)
  • Larry Rothschild (1981-82)
  • Dante Rosenberg (minors)
  • Roger Samuels (1988-89)

Players with “Jewish-sounding” names who aren’t

  • Mark Appel (minors)
  • Lance Berkman (1999-2013)
  • Madison Bumgarner (2009- )
  • Geoff Blum (1999-2012)
  • Jacob Brumfield (1992-99)
  • David Eckstein (2001-10)
  • Gabe Gross (2004-10)
  • Robbie Grossman (2013- )
  • Mike Jacobs (2005-12)
  • Phil Klein (2014- )
  • Jon Lieber (1994-2008)
  • Kyle Lobstein (2014- )
  • John Lowenstein (1970-85)
  • Steven Matz (2015- )
  • Kevin Mench (2002-10)
  • J.J. Putz (2003- )
  • Josh Ravin (2015- )
  • B.J. Rosenberg (2012- )
  • Trevor Rosenthal (2012- )
  • Michael Roth (2013- )
  • Jordan Schafer (2009- )
  • Max Scherzer (2008- )
  • Stephen Strasburg (2011- )
  • Steve Susdorf (2013- )
  • Jordan Zimmermann (2009- )
  • Ryan Zimmerman (2005- )
  • Walt Weiss (1987-2000)

Players rumored to be Jewish who aren’t

  • Jose Bautista (2004- )**
  • Moe Drabowsky (1956-72)
  • Wade Boggs (1982-99)
  • Sid Bream (1983-94)
  • Rod Carew (1967-85)
  • Ron Cey (1971-87)
  • Clayton Kershaw (2008- )
  • Johnny Kling (1900-13)
  • Jake Livingstone (1901)
  • Buddy Myer (1925-41)
  • Jim Palmer (1965-84)
  • Ed Reulbach (1905-17)

Belinsky’s mother was born Jewish but converted before he was born.

** However, Jose J. Bautista (1988-97) is Jewish.

*** Has played for Team Israel in the World Baseball Championship.

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For our all-time list of players who are Jewish, click here.

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