Harry Eisenstat

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Harry Eisenstat
Harry Eisenstat 1940 Play Ball card.jpeg
Born: (1915-10-10)October 10, 1915
Brooklyn, New York
Died: March 21, 2003(2003-03-21) (aged 87)
Beachwood, Ohio
Batted: Left Threw: Left
MLB debut
May 19, 1935, for the Brooklyn Dodgers
Last MLB appearance
September 25, 1942, for the Cleveland Indians
MLB statistics
Win–loss record 25–27
Earned run average 3.89
Strikeouts 157

Harry Eisenstat (October 10, 1915 – March 21, 2003) was a Major League Baseball (MLB) player who played from 1935 to 1942.

Early life[edit]

Eisenstat was born in Brooklyn, New York, and was Jewish.[1] He attended James Madison High School in Brooklyn, New York, where, in 2008, he was inducted into its prestigious Wall of Distinction.[2]


He pitched for the Brooklyn Dodgers, Detroit Tigers, and Cleveland Indians. Eisenstat was 19 years old when he broke into the big leagues on May 19, 1935, with the Brooklyn Dodgers, the third-youngest player in the National League.[3][4] In his Major League debut, he gave up 5 runs over two-and-two-thirds innings in a 9-6 loss to the Pittsburgh Pirates.[5] On October 4, 1937, he was granted free agency and signed with the Detroit Tigers.

Eisenstat is best known for, while pitching for the Detroit Tigers in the last game of the 1938 season, beating Bob Feller of the Cleveland Indians 4-1 despite Feller setting the Major League record for most strikeouts in a game (18). In that game, Eisenstat took a no-hitter into the 8th inning. Earlier that season, he won both ends of a doubleheader when he pitched nine innings of shutout ball over both games while teammate Hank Greenberg hit three home runs, causing their Tigers Manager, Mickey Cochrane, to warn the two of them to stay in their rooms that night because "the Jews in Detroit are going crazy."

In 1938 his four saves were sixth-most in the National League.[4] The next season, Eisenstat was traded to the Cleveland Indians for future Hall-of-Famer outfielder Earl Averill. In 1938 his four saves were eighth-most in the National League.[4] He finished his professional baseball career with the Indians.

Due to World War II, Eisenstat enlisted in the Army in 1942, ending his career in the MLB. Through 2010, he was 9th all-time in career ERA (3.80; directly behind Harry Feldman) among Jewish MLB players.[6]

After the war, he moved to Shaker Heights, Ohio, and opened a hardware store.

In 1993, Eisenstat was inducted into the Michigan Jewish Sports Hall of Fame. After his death in 2003, his papers were donated to the Western Reserve Historical Society in Cleveland, Ohio, where they are available to the serious scholar.

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