In one of the opening scenes of the film "Airplane," an elderly woman asks a flight attendant for some light reading. In turn, the stewardess hands her a leaflet of "famous Jewish sports legends."
While the number of Jewish athletes in professional sports is relatively small in comparison to the number of total athletes, Jewish athletes have accomplished a lot over the history of sports. There is no denying the legend of Sandy Koufax, the pioneering of Dolph Schayes, the stardom of current athletes such as Ian Kinsler and Ryan Braun, or the bright futures that lay ahead of Omri Casspi and Gabe Carimi.
In honor of the upcoming Jewish New Year of Rosh Hashanah, I have prepared a slideshow counting down the greatest past and present Jewish athletes.