This Day in Jewish History First Pro Baseball Player Born in New York

Lipman Pike played the game for 22 years, earning a reputed $20 when he started playing for the Philadelphia Athletics in 1866.

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...