Harry Eisenstat (October 10, 1915 – March 21, 2003) was a Major League Baseball (MLB) player who played from 1935 to 1942.

Early life

He was born in Brooklyn, New York, and attended James Madison High School in Brooklyn, New York.[1]


He pitched for the Brooklyn Dodgers, Detroit Tigers, and Cleveland Indians. He is best known for pitching for the Detroit Tigers when they beat Bob Feller of the Cleveland Indians on October 2, 1938 4–1 despite Feller setting the record for most strike outs in a game.

He enlisted in the Army in 1942, ending his career in the MLB. Through 2010, he was 9th all-time in career ERA (3.80; directly behind Harry Feldman) among Jewish MLB players.[2]

After the war, he moved to Shaker Heights, Ohio and opened a hardware store.

In 1993, he was inducted into the Michigan Jewish Sports Hall of Fame. After his death in 2003, his papers were donated to the Western Reserve Historical Society in Cleveland, Ohio, where they are available to the serious scholar.


  1. ^ "Harry Eisenstat Statistics and History". Baseball-Reference.com. Retrieved August 24, 2011. 
  2. ^ "Career Pitching Leaders". Career Leaders. Jewish Major Leaguers. Retrieved February 12, 2011.