Joc Pederson of the Los Angeles Dodgers has set a new home run record for Jewish players in one World Series.
Pederson, a lefty-swinging outfielder, blasted a homer in the seventh inning of his club’s 3-1 win over the visiting Houston Astros in Game 6. The shot, to left field, was his third of the Series and moved Pederson past Hall of Famer Hank Greenberg, the Detroit Tigers’ slugger who had two homers in the 1934 Fall Classic.
Greenberg still holds the mark for most runs batted in by a Jewish player in one World Series — at least for now, since there’s another game left — with seven. Pederson has five, as does Alex Bregman, the Astros’ Jewish third baseman, along with two home runs.
Written by Ron Kaplan.
Although Pederson and Bregman have done really well on the diamond, the one stat that Hank Greenberg still holds over them is games NOT played on Yom Kippur. Once again, this past year Bregman and Pederson played in meaningless games on Yom Kippur.