(1945 - )
Left-hander Ken Holtzman pitched 15 seasons in Major League baseball--1965-1979--with the Chicago Cubs, Oakland As, Baltimore Orioles and New York Yankees. His career record: 174 wins-150 losses, with 1601 strikeouts.
He threw two Major League no-hit games with the Chicago Cubs: in 1969, beating the Atlanta Braves 3-0; and in 1971, defeating the Cincinnati Reds 1-0.
In a career that included a partial (sophomore) season because of military service (he only pitched on weekends), and several "limited" seasons attributed to personal conflicts with management, Ken nonetheless pitched 215 innings or more each of eight big league seasons, tossing 2,867 innings, with a 3.49 career ERA.
In a four year period with the Oakland As, Holtzman never won less than 18 games a year, winning 77 regular season games, plus two League Championship Series and four World Series contests. With 21-victories in 1973, he was The Sporting News "Left-handed Pitcher of the Year". He was on the American League All Star teams in 1972 and 1973.
The young Jewish southpaws first full MLB season was Sandy Koufaxs, the L.A. Dodgers ace Jewish southpaws, last. They faced each other at Wrigley Field in the last regular season game of Sandys career. Holtzman threw a no-hitter against L.A. for seven innings, finishing with a two-hit, 2-1 victory.