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May 25, 1845, is the birthdate of Lipman Pike, the first known professional baseball player (which also makes him the first known Jewish pro player). In a career that stretched from 1866 to 1887, “Lip” Pike earned a reputation as an effective hitter, a fast and graceful runner (who once beat a horse in 100-yard dash) and as a player who was “always gentlemanly on and off...