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    Ken Holtzman

    Jew Score:
    12

    I4

    O4

    K4
    November 3, 1945 – April 15, 2024

    When he was coming to the majors, Ken Holtzman was supposed to be "the new Sandy Koufax", since Jewish left-handed pitchers are not exactly dime a dozen. Alas, as good as Holtzman's career was (he is arguably the second greatest Jewish pitcher ever), it doesn't exactly measure up to Koufax. Witness:

    Win-loss (we know, not a good indicator of pitching prowess, but what can you do): Holtzman 174-150 (good), Koufax 165-87 (great). ERA: Holtzman 3.49 (good), Koufax 2.76 (great). Strikeouts: Holtzman 1601 (good), Koufax 2396 (great). World Series wins: Holtzman three (great), Koufax four (even greater!) No-hitters: Holtzman two (wow!), Koufax four(!!!!). (Seriously, there is no catching Sandy, for Holtzman, or for any Jewish pitcher that follows.)

    Life: Holtzman died this year at the age of 78. Koufax, ten years senior, is still kicking.

    Jew Score: Holtzman 12 (great), Koufax...

    Verdict: Jew.

    May 27, 2024

    See Also

    Craig Breslow

    Max Fried

    Sandy Koufax

    Denny McLain

    Jim Palmer
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