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.