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For many spiritual athletes, religion is a central part of their lives… and not just when they’re praying for a big win. This list of famous athletes who are Jewish highlights Jewish jocks who have played professional sports. In fact, several famous baseball players, Olympic athletes, and football stars are Jewish. Some of these athletes were born and raised in the faith while others converted later in life. There is even a Jewish Sports Hall of Fame that recognizes the best of the best Jewish athletes.

But who is the most famous athlete who is Jewish? Any list of Jewish sports superstars has to include legendary Dodgers pitcher Sandy Koufax. Koufax was born and raised by a Jewish family in New York. He is often remembered as one of the greatest Jewish athletes of all time.

Then there are more current Jewish athletes like Dara Torres, the 12-time Olympic medalist. Torres was born half Jewish on her father's side, and she fully converted before marrying her husband Itzhak Shasha. Detroit Tigers manager Brad Ausmus is also a Jew. After playing catcher in the major leagues, he became the first Jewish manager of the team.

The famous Jewish athletes on this list are sure to inspire millions of young Hebrew sports hopefuls who someday want to play in the big leagues. Who is your favorite Jewish star? Make your voice heard in the comments!

Sandy Koufax is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Athletes Who Are Jewish
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Dodgers pitcher Sandy Koufax was born and raised by a Jewish family in New York. He is often remembered as one of the greatest Jewish athletes of all time.

Age: age 80

Nationality: United States of America

Birthplace: New York City, USA, New York

Teams: Los Angeles Dodgers, Los Angeles Dodgers, Brooklyn Dodgers

Also Ranked

#19 on The Greatest Baseball Players of All Time

#2 on The Greatest Left Handed Pitchers of All Time

#27 on The Greatest Left-Handed Athletes of All Time

#1 on The Greatest Jewish Athletes Of All Time

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Dara Torres is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Athletes Who Are Jewish
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Dara Torres was born half Jewish on her father's side, and she fully converted before marrying her husband Itzhak Shasha.

Age: 50

Nationality: United States of America

Birthplace: Los Angeles, Beverly Hills, California, United States of America

Also Ranked

#21 on The Greatest Jewish Athletes Of All Time

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Hank Greenberg is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Athletes Who Are Jewish
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Detroit Tigers slugger Hank Greenberg (aka The Hewbrew Hammer) was raised as an orthodox Jew in New York.

Age: Died at 75 (1911-1986)

Nationality: United States of America

Birthplace: Greenwich Village, New York City, New York, United States of America

Teams: Detroit Tigers, Detroit Tigers, Pittsburgh Pirates

Also Ranked

#38 on The Greatest Baseball Players of All Time

#36 on The Most Beloved US Veterans

#5 on The Greatest First Basemen of All Time

#5 on The Greatest Jewish Athletes Of All Time

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Brad Ausmus is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Athletes Who Are Jewish
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Former major league catcher Brad Ausmus was born to a Jewish mother and Protestant father in New Haven, Connecticut. He went on to manage the Israel national baseball team and become the first Jewish manager of the Detroit Tigers. He was inducted into the National Jewish Sports Hall of Fame in 2004.

He told the Jewish Journal, "I wasn't raised with the Jewish religion, so in that sense I don't really have much feeling toward it. But, however, in the last 10 or so years, I have had quite a few young Jewish boys who will tell me that I am their favorite player or they love watching me play or they feel like baseball is a good fit for them because it worked for me or it worked for Shawn Green or other Jewish players at the major league level. It has been a sense of pride. If you can have a positive impact on a kid, I'm all for it."

Age: age 46

Nationality: United States of America

Birthplace: New Haven, Connecticut, United States of America

Teams: Los Angeles Dodgers, Detroit Tigers, Houston Astros, San Diego Padres

Also Ranked

#63 on The Smartest Professional Athletes

#62 on The Greatest Catchers of All Time

#10 on The Greatest Jewish Players In MLB History

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