Lipman Pike, “One of the First Professional Baseball Players,”
Featured on AINA’s 2016 Medal
The American Israel
issued its first membership
medal in 1973, and every
year since a new token
has been given free to
All Life Members and paid-up AINA 2016 members will receive a free medal honoring Lipman Pike. The obverse was designed by Mel Wacks and Paul Conner, and the reverse AINA logo was created by Nahan Sobel.
Lipman Emanuel "Lip" Pike (May 25, 1845 – October 10, 1893), called the "Iron Batter", was one of the stars of 19th century baseball in the United States. He was one of the first professional players, as well as the first Jewish player.
Pike was born in New York into a Jewish Dutch family, and grew up in Brooklyn. Pike was one of the premier players of his day. He was a great slugger and one of the best home run hitters, so much so that stories about balls he hit were told for quite some time after he stopped playing.
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