Baseball star Ryan Braun breaks Hank Greenberg’s home run record for Jewish players

Major League Baseball’s 21st-century “Hebrew Hammer” broke his famous predecessor’s record for most home runs by a Jewish player.

By World Israel News Staff

Milwaukee Brewers outfielder Ryan Braun broke the record of Hank Greenberg last week with the most home runs by a Jewish baseball player.

The 35-year-old Braun also holds the team’s all-time home run record.

Both Greenberg, who played in Major League Baseball primarily for the Detroit Tigers as a first baseman in the 1930s and 1940s, and Braun have been dubbed “The Hebrew Hammer.”

Greenberg is in the Baseball Hall of Fame and a two-time Most Valuable Player Award winner. He is considered one of the greatest sluggers in baseball history.

Braun beat Greenberg’s record when he hit his 332nd career home-run in a game against the Pittsburgh Pirates.

The star player calls himself a “proud Jew” though he admits he is not observant. His father is Israeli.