Kenneth Dale Holtzman (born November 3, 1945) is a left-handed former starting pitcher in Major League Baseball who played most of his career for the Chicago Cubs and Oakland Athletics. He was a two-time All Star and a three-time World Series champion.
He was the only pitcher since the 1880s to throw two no-hitters for the Cubs, and was one of the principal pitchers on Oakland's championship teams from 1972 to 1975. Through 2010, his 174 career victories are the most in the major leagues by a Jewish pitcher (ahead of Sandy Koufax). His 1,601 strikeouts are second (behind Koufax) and his 451 games are second (behind Scott Schoeneweis). His 3.49 ERA is fifth (behind Scott Radinsky). He held the record for most pitching appearances by a Jewish pitcher until 1998.
In 2007 Holtzman managed the Petach Tikva Pioneers in the Israel Baseball League.
By Dean Hanley
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