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    Lip Pike

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    May 25, 1845 – October 10, 1893

    Let's see how well our readers know our website.

    When profiling 1800s baseball great Lip Pike, will we emphasize that...

    He became the first ever professional baseball player when he accepted $20 a week to play for the Philadelphia Athletics?

    He once his five home runs in one game, a record sadly not counted by Major League Baseball since it came before the professional era?

    He led the league in home runs four times?

    At the age of 36, was playing so poorly that he got blacklisted from baseball because it was believed he was fixing games?

    While away from the game, he became a haberdasher?

    He came back to play one game for the original New York Mets at the age of 42?

    He raced a horse?

    Well, the horse, of course! For in 1873, 130 years before Fox's "Man vs. Beast", Pike challenged a horse to a 100-yard run, and outran the poor animal, pocketing $250, a princely sum for the time.

    Oh, right, he was also baseball's first Jewish star. That's kinda important.

    Verdict: Jew.

    September 28, 2010

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    Mordecai "Three Finger" Brown

    Shawn Green

    Mose Solomon

    Albert Von Tilzer

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