This Day in Jewish History 1845: 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.

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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...