It hit me like a baseball bat on my head. I had been sitting next to Red Smith, the legendary sports columnist who knew Babe Ruth, Lou Gehrig, Ty Cobb and other baseball greats.
I experienced all the emotions a baseball-oriented person could feel on the third Sunday of September in 2016.
Jackie Robinson finished his tenth major league season with a .275 average and 10 home runs. He was slowing down and saw action in only 117 of the Dodgers' 154 games.
Ed Mierkowicz, 92, is the last surviving player from the 1945 World Series between the Cubs and the Detroit Tigers.
In 1966, actor William Shatner became commander of the Starship Enterprise on television and the Trekkie generation was born.
For Americans, baseball provided an escape, and Jewish Americans followed the exploits of their favorite teams and of the relatively few Jews who wore baseball uniforms.
They asked me about him for so long that I didn't get a chance to interview or take any pictures of players.
The tall, handsome, charismatic ballplayer topped several polls during his playing days as the most heroic figure among Jews in America.
Jewish baseball history was made by the New York Giants at the Polo Grounds on Sunday, September 21, 1941, as the team had four Jews in its starting lineup – the first and thus far only time that’s happened in the major leagues.
Most baseball fans have heard of Merkle's Boner, but how many actually know when or how it happened?
The Jewish population of America was estimated at almost three million in 1916. Most did not have the means to afford even a basic Ford automobile ($440), let alone the most expensive model ($975).
The Cubs have the most players I'll be watching.
Bryce Harper may be the best player in baseball, but Washington can't match the starting pitching depth of the Mets over a long season, so look for the Mets to win the N.L. Eastern Division.
My father informed me that Rosen was Jewish and I targeted him as one of the players I would follow closely.
Pafko was a much-sought-after autograph signer at card shows through the years and would frequently appear at Cubs games in Wrigley Field, leading the singing of "Take Me Out to the Ballgame" during the 7th inning stretch.
Like the fans, she adored him. By the time his career as a player, coach, and manager ended, Yogi had collected
Perhaps the biggest shock for Tigers fans was the firing of president and general manager Dave Dombrowski after the trades of Price and Cespedes.
"It is my belief that if our clubs played a series on a best-of-nine basis, we would create great interest in baseball in our leagues and in our players. I also believe it would be a financial success."
The Philadelphia Phillies were impressed with his pitching prowess and promoted him to the major leagues in 1912.
By 1943 both Rosenthals were serving in the armed forces. Both used chutzpah and bluffed about their age.