(1980 - )
Craig Breslow (born August 8, 1980) is a Jewish American professional baseball player for the Oakland Athletics in Major League Baseball.
Breslow was born to Jewish parents, Abe and Anne, in Connecticut and became the captain of the baseball team when he attended Yale University in the Ivy Leagues. In 2002, he was named a Jewish Sports Review College Baseball First Team All-American, along with future major leaguers Sam Fuld and Adam Greenberg. Breslow graduated in 2002 with a B.A. in molecular biophysics and biochemistry.
The Milwaukee Brewers drafted Breslow in the 26th round of the 2003 amateur players draft and he decided to defer his acceptance into New York University School of Medicine in order to pursue his dreams of playing in the major leagues. He debuted in the majors in 2005 with the San Diego Padres and has since moved to the Boston Red Sox, the Cleveland Indians, the Minnesota Twins and finally the Oakland Athletics.
In 2009, the Wall Street Journal named Breslow the "Smartest Professional Athlete." Breslow is proud to represent Yale in the majors and is also equally proud of his Jewish heritage. “Being Jewish is more difficult in baseball," he once noted, "but I try to do what I can in terms of paying attention to holidays."
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