There has always been a connection between religion and sports, and Major League Baseball has certainly not been the exception to the rule.
Shawn Green was once wooed by the Yankees in order to attract a wide range of Jewish New Yorkers into Yankee Stadium.
Sandy Koufax once missed an expected World Series start to participate in a Jewish holiday, leaving teammate Don Drysdale to be slaughtered on short rest.
The Pope has spoken multiple times in famous sports venues, which of course included “The House that Ruth Built” in the Bronx.
Countless pitchers are seen tucking cross necklaces into their jerseys before toeing the rubber, or simply squatting for a quick prayer behind the mound.
This phenomenon got me thinking of the best Catholic names in baseball history—especially considering the names New York has employed in the last 12 months alone.
Feel free to offer additions and omissions, and I hope you enjoy the list.
For your viewing pleasure, here is the MLB All-Catholic lineup: