Pitcher and Tokyo 2020 Team Israel Olympian Ben Wanger is known as a ‘two-way player’ for both pitching and playing first base throughout his baseball career.
Duality is somewhat of a recurring theme in Ben’s life. Born into a Jewish family in Newton, Massachusetts, Ben had the incredible opportunity to become a dual citizen of the United States and Israel thanks to ’Aliyah’ also known as the ‘Law of Return.’
“It means that if you have at least one grandparent who is Jewish, and all of mine are, you can become a citizen,” Ben explained. “Team Israel recruited me to live, train and engage with the Israeli baseball community and represent Israel in Olympic qualifiers,” Ben said.