“Seinfeld” Athlete Appearances/References (Baseball Edition)

JoeSportsFanSenior Analyst IJuly 24, 2009

FLUSHING, NY - MAY 22:  Former player Keith Hernandez (L) poses for a picture with comedian Jerry Seinfeld before the game between the New York Mets and the New York Yankees at Shea Stadium on May 22, 2005 in Flushing, New York. The Yankees defeated the Mets 5-3. FLUSHING, NY - MAY 22:  Catcher Mike Piazza #31 of the New York Mets poses for a picture with comedian Jerry Seinfeld, before the game against the New York Yankees at Shea Stadium on May 22, 2005 in Flushing, New York. The Yankees defeated the Mets 5-3.  Seinfeld threw the first pitch of the game.  (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)

On Episode 23 of the JoeSportsFan Show, we asked our distinguished panel (Traina, Levy and Povia), “What is your favorite athlete appearance/reference on a Seinfeld episode?” We also threw the question to our Twitter faithful and were barraged with a cornucopia of tremendous Seinfeld athlete references.

The familiar favorites (Keith Hernandez, Paul O’Neill and Buck Showalter) were all mentioned. As more responses came in, it became ever-necessary to compile an aggregate list of all Seinfeld athlete appearances and/or references... especially since some of the obscure ones are the most fun.  Today, we present a compiled list of professional baseball players mentioned throughout the storied history of “Seinfeld”.  Next week, we’ll run a list of the remaining athletes.  If we missed any, drop it in the comments or shoot us a message over on Twitter.

Seinfeld Keith HernandezYogi Berra (C, NY Yankees; ‘46-’63)
Episode 114 (Season 7): “The Wink
Note: referenced, no lines, no appearance

Hank Bauer (OF, NY Yankees ‘48-’59)
Episode 55 (Season 4): “The Visa
Note: referenced, no lines, no appearance

Barry Bonds (OF, no NY ties)
Episode 122 (Season 7): “The Caddy
Note: referenced, no lines, no appearance

Clete Boyer (3B, NY Yankees; ‘59-’66)
Episode 55 (Season 4): “The Visa
Note: referenced, no lines, no appearance

Jay Buhner (OF, NY Yankees; ‘88)
Episode 122 (Season 7): “The Caddy
Note: referenced, no lines, no appearance ###MORE###

Joe DiMaggio (OF, NY Yankees; ‘36-’51)
Episode 18 (Season 3): “The Note
Note: referenced, no lines, no appearance

Episode 86 (Season 5): “The Opposite
Note: referenced, no lines, no appearance

Doug Drabek (P, NY Yankees; ‘86)
Seinfeld Derek JeterEpisode 61 (Season 4): “The Smelly Car
Note: referenced, no lines, no appearance

John Franco (P, NY Mets; ‘90-’04)
Episode 30 (Season 3): “The Subway
Note: referenced, no lines, no appearance

Lou Gehrig (1B, NY Yankees; ‘23-’39)
Episode 86 (Season 5): “The Opposite
Note: referenced, no lines, no appearance

Episode 154 (Season 8): “The Millennium
Note: referenced, no lines, no appearance

Ken Griffey Jr. (OF, no NY ties)
Episode 122 (Season 7): “The Caddy
Note: referenced, no lines, no appearance

Dallas Green (P, NY Mets; ‘66)
Episode 114 (Season 7): “The Wink
Note: referenced, no lines, no appearance

Keith Hernandez (1B, NY Mets; ‘83-’89)
Episode 34 (Season 3): “The Boyfriend (1)
Note: casted, speaking lines, appeared

Episode 35 (Season 3): “The Boyfriend (2)
Note: casted, speaking lines, appeared

Episode 179 (Season 9): “The Finale
Note: casted, no lines, appeared

Dick Howser (SS, NY Yankees; ‘67-’68)
Episode 114 (Season 7): “The Wink
Note: referenced, no lines, no appearance

Hideki Irabu (P, NY Yankees; ‘97-’99)

Episode 179 (Season 9): “The Finale
Note: referenced, no lines, appeared

Derek Jeter (SS, NY Yankees; ‘95-’09)
Episode 143 (Season 8): “The Abstinence
Note: casted, speaking lines, appeared

Bob Lemon (MGR, NY Yankees; ‘78-’82)
Episode 114 (Season 7): “The Wink
Note: referenced, no lines, no appearance

Mickey Mantle (OF, NY Yankees; ‘51-’68)
Episode 7 (Season 2): “The Pony Remark
Note: referenced, no lines, no appearance

Episode 55 (Season 4): “The Visa
Note: referenced, no lines, no appearance

Episode 59 (Season 4): “The Implant
Note: referenced, no lines, no appearance

Episode 86 (Season 5): “The Opposite
Note: referenced, no lines, no appearance

Episode 123 (Season 7): “The Seven
Note: referenced, no lines, no appearance

Billy Martin (MGR, NY Yankees; ‘75-’79, ‘83, ‘85, ‘88)
Episode 114 (Season 7): “The Wink
Note: referenced, no lines, no appearance

Don Mattingly (1B, NY Yankees; ‘82-’95)
Episode 86 (Season 5): “The Opposite
Note: referenced, no lines, no appearance

Episode 87 (Season 6): “The Chaperone
Note: referenced, no lines, no appearance

Seinfeld Buck ShowalterEpisode 133 (Season 7): “The Wait Out
Note: referenced, no lines, no appearance

Roger McDowell (P, NY Mets ‘85-’88)
Episode 34 (Season 3): “The Boyfriend (1)
Note: casted, speaking lines, appeared

Episode 35 (Season 3): “The Boyfriend (2)
Note: casted, speaking lines, appeared

Willie McGee (OF, Drafted by NY Yankees in ‘77)
Episode 61 (Season 4): “The Smelly Car
Note: referenced, no lines, no appearance

Fred McGriff (1B, Drafted by NY Yankees in ‘81)
Episode 61 (Season 4): “The Smelly Car
Note: referenced, no lines, no appearance

Gene Michael (SS, NY Yankees; ‘69-’74)
Episode 114 (Season 7): “The Wink
Note: referenced, no lines, no appearance

Paul O’Neill (OF, NY Yankees ‘93-’01)
Episode 114 (Season 7): “The Wink
Note: casted, speaking lines, appeared

Joe Pepitone (1B/OF, NY Yankees ‘62-’69)
Episode 55 (Season 4): “The Visa
Note: referenced, no lines, no appearance

Seinfeld Phil RizzutoEpisode 94 (Season 6): “The Mom and Pop Store
Note: referenced, no lines, no appearance

Episode 121 (Season 7): “The Rye
Note: referenced, no lines, no appearance

Ken Phelps (OF, NY Yankees ‘88)
Episode 122 (Season 7): “The Caddy
Note: referenced, no lines, no appearance

Lou Piniella (MGR, NY Yankees; ‘86-’88)
Episode 114 (Season 7): “The Wink
Note: referenced, no lines, no appearance

Phil Rizzuto (SS, NY Yankees ‘41-’57)
Episode 150 (Season 8): “The Pothole
Note: referenced, spoke/appeared (as a George’s key chain)

Babe Ruth (P/1B/OF, NY Yankees ‘20-’34)
Episode 86 (Season 5): “The Opposite
Note: referenced, no lines, no appearance

Episode 114 (Season 7): “The Wink
Note: referenced, no lines, no appearance

Episode 154 (Season 8): “The Millennium
Note: referenced, no lines, no appearance

Buck Showalter (MGR, NY Yankees ‘92-’95)
Episode 87 (Season 6): “The Chaperone
Note: casted, speaking lines, appeared

Episode 114 (Season 7): “The Wink
Note: referenced, no lines, no appearance

Moose Skowron (1B, NY Yankees ‘54-’62)
Episode 55 (Season 4): “The Visa
Seinfeld Danny TartabullNote: referenced, no lines, no appearance

Danny Tartabull (OF, NY Yankees ‘92-’94)
Episode 87 (Season 6): “The Chaperone
Note: casted, speaking lines, appeared

Episode 89 (Season 6): “The Pledge Drive
Note: casted, speaking lines, appeared

Bill Virdon (C, Amateur FA signing by Yankees in ‘50)
Episode 114 (Season 7): “The Wink
Note: referenced, no lines, no appearance

Bernie Williams (OF, NY Yankees ‘91-’06)
Episode 143 (Season 8): “The Abstinence
Note: casted, speaking lines, appeared

Mookie Wilson (OF, NY Mets ‘80-’81)
Episode 35 (Season 3): “The Boyfriend (2)
Note: referenced, no lines, no appearance


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