The Most Badass Jewish Sports Figures of All Time

Art Shamsky

Team(s): Cincinnati Reds, NY Mets, Chicago Cubs, Oakland A's
Sport: Baseball
Years Played: 1965-1972

Accolades: World Series Champion (1969), National Jewish Sports Hall of Fame (1994)

Badass Justification: Shamsky (pictured third from the let) is a hero for many a Jew from the New York area for one simple reason. He helped bring the New York Mets their first championship in 1969. That season, Shamsky hit .300 with a .375 on base percentage and also batted .538 in the NLCS. Shamsky, like Koufax, refused to play on Yom Kippur; a decision that won him the admiration of many Mets fans. Later in life Shamsky would quip that it wasn't that big of a deal, because the Mets ended up winning both ends of a double header that day. Props for staying true to the faith, and bringing the Metropolitans one of only two championships in franchise history.

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