Ballplayer Lou Limmer dies

Lou Limmer, a first-baseman for the Philadelphia Athletics in the early 1950s who was involved in a piece of Jewish baseball lore, died Sunday, April 1 in Boca Raton, Fla. He was 82.

In a game in Detroit on May 2, 1951, Limmer was a pinch-hitter in the only known time in major league baseball history when a Jewish batter faced a Jewish pitcher with a Jewish catcher. The pitcher was Saul Rogovin and the catcher was Joe Ginsberg.

“Rogovin throws the first pitch and I hit it into the stands, and [umpire Joe] Paparella says, ‘I guess you’re the winner, Lou,'” Limmer recalled of the incident. He appeared in a total of 209 games in the 1951 and 1954 seasons, batting .202 with 19 homers and 62 RBIs.

He later served five years as president of his synagogue, the Castle Hill Jewish Community Center, in his native Bronx, N.Y. — jta