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Anyone know where I can get some info on Levi Meyerle?

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  • Anyone know where I can get some info on Levi Meyerle?

    Levi Meyerle was one of the first stars of orginized baseball. His name suggests that he was probably Jewish, but I don't know this for a fact. I'm doing some research on Jewish athletes and I was wondering if anyone can confirm this for me. I was also wondering if anyone knows of a good source for reading up on pre-1900 baseball stars.
    My top 10 players:

    1. Babe Ruth
    2. Barry Bonds
    3. Ty Cobb
    4. Ted Williams
    5. Willie Mays
    6. Alex Rodriguez
    7. Hank Aaron
    8. Honus Wagner
    9. Lou Gehrig
    10. Mickey Mantle

  • #2
    I just googled his name and got a bunch of hits. Give it a try.
    Hope you find what you need.

    As a Tigerfan, let me be so bold as to remind you of Hank Greenberg.
    Gabe Kapler is also Jewish I think.

    Good Luck.
    1968 and 1984, the greatest ever.

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    • #3
      yup, as are Shawn Green, Brad Ausmus, and Kevin Youkilis to my knowledge.
      My top 10 players:

      1. Babe Ruth
      2. Barry Bonds
      3. Ty Cobb
      4. Ted Williams
      5. Willie Mays
      6. Alex Rodriguez
      7. Hank Aaron
      8. Honus Wagner
      9. Lou Gehrig
      10. Mickey Mantle

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      • #4
        I think I've got my answer. Meyerle was in fact Jewish according to Wikipedia. Here is their list of all the Jewish Baseball figures:

        Baseball
        Cal Abrams, baseball player
        Brad Ausmus, baseball player (Jewish mother)
        Bo Belinsky, baseball player (Jewish mother)
        Moe Berg, baseball player & spy
        Ron Blomberg, baseball player, MLB's first designated hitter
        Lou Boudreau, baseball player, MVP 1948, HoF (Jewish mother)
        Harry Danning, baseball player
        Moe Drabowsky, baseball player
        Barney Dreyfuss, co-founder of the World Series
        Harry Eisenstadt, baseball player
        Ken Eppers, baseball player (Jewish father, converted)
        Theo Epstein, general manager of the Boston Red Sox
        Sid Gordon, baseball player
        Shawn Green, baseball player
        Adam Greenberg, baseball player
        Hank Greenberg, baseball player, MVP 1935/1940, HoF
        Ken Holtzman, baseball player
        Gabe Kapler, baseball player
        Sandy Koufax, baseball player, MVP 1963, HoF
        Mike Lieberthal, baseball player (Jewish father)
        Elliot Maddox, baseball player (converted)
        Jason Marquis, baseball player
        Levi Meyerle, credited with first double and triple (1876)
        Marvin Miller, first director of the MLBPA
        Buddy Myer, baseball player
        Lip Pike, 19th century player
        Jerry Reinsdorf, baseball team owner
        Al Rosen, baseball player, MVP 1953
        Goody Rosen. baseball player
        Scott Schoeneweis, baseball player
        Bud Selig, baseball commissioner
        Art Shamsky, baseball player
        Larry Sherry, baseball player
        Norm Sherry, baseball player
        Steve Stone, baseball player
        Adam Stern, baseball player
        Phile Weintraub, baseball player
        Steve Yeager, baseball player (converted)
        Kevin Youkilis, baseball player
        My top 10 players:

        1. Babe Ruth
        2. Barry Bonds
        3. Ty Cobb
        4. Ted Williams
        5. Willie Mays
        6. Alex Rodriguez
        7. Hank Aaron
        8. Honus Wagner
        9. Lou Gehrig
        10. Mickey Mantle

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        • #5
          What the heck would we do without Google. I've found some pretty cool stuff
          on Meyerle such as:

          Levi "Long Levi" Meyerle batted .492 for the Philadelphia A's in 1871. That's the highest batting average EVER in a single season. The bat that he used that season he made himself and carved an intricate engraving into it. It also had a thin leather strap in the base of the bat for him to put his hand through, much like a racquetball racket. The bat is on display in the Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, NY.

          Meyerle is credited with the first Major Leaugue Double and triple.
          My top 10 players:

          1. Babe Ruth
          2. Barry Bonds
          3. Ty Cobb
          4. Ted Williams
          5. Willie Mays
          6. Alex Rodriguez
          7. Hank Aaron
          8. Honus Wagner
          9. Lou Gehrig
          10. Mickey Mantle

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