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The 15 Greatest Jewish Athletes of All Time

Great athletes leave their marks on their respective sport by exceeding a level of excellence that is often unmatched by their peers. Some stand out individually, while others are able to elevate the

Great athletes leave their marks on their respective sport by exceeding a level of excellence that is often unmatched by their peers. Some stand out individually, while others are able to elevate the play of their teammates. Whether it’s breaking records, having standout performances or winning numerous awards, any great athlete in any sport solidifies themselves as such by showing off a level of talent that separates them from other contenders.

That being said, there have been a number of talented Jewish athletes who’ve impacted each of their individual sports, respectively. From football to baseball to boxing, as well as a number of other sports, there are a multitude of Jewish athletes who’ve excelled at their individual sport and some have even shaped the rich history their respective field.

These are the 15 greatest Jewish athletes of all time.

15 Amy Alcott – LPGA

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14 Barney Ross – Boxing

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13 Marty Hogan - Racquetball

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12 Lenny Krayzelburg – Swimming

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11 Benny Leonard – Boxing

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10 Ron Mix – Football

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9 Benny Friedman – Football

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8 Max Baer – Boxing

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7 Dolph Schayes – Basketball

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6 Hank Greenberg – Baseball

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5 Mark Spitz – Swimming

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4 Al Rosen – Baseball

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3 Dara Torres – Swimming

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2 Sid Luckman – Football

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1 Sandy Koufax - Baseball

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Sandy Koufax was one of Baseball's biggest stars but was forced to retire at the age of 30 when he developed arthritis in his left elbow. He was one of the few lefties in the game and debuted for the Brooklyn Dodgers in 1955. That same year Koufax won one of four World Series titles he’d claim with the Dodgers, including the famous 1965 World Series when he refused to pitch Game 1 since it fell on Yom Kippur. He was the first major league pitcher to pitch four no hitters and despite the fact that his career lasted a little over a decade, retired with 2,396 strikeouts which was good enough for seventh all-time. At the age of 36 Sandy Koufax became the youngest player to ever be elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame.

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