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2017 Season Preview

18 Nisan 5777 – April 13, 2017
Admittedly, I took a liking to and saw a lot of the Houston Astros and Washington Nationals, who share the new spring training facility.

Spring Training Is Finally Here!

11 Adar 5777 – March 8, 2017
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.

Some Off-Season Musings

15 Shevat 5777 – February 10, 2017
I experienced all the emotions a baseball-oriented person could feel on the third Sunday of September in 2016.

The Jackie Robinson Trade That Shocked Brooklyn

14 Tevet 5777 – January 11, 2017
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.

Congrats To The Cubs

9 Kislev 5777 – December 8, 2016
Ed Mierkowicz, 92, is the last surviving player from the 1945 World Series between the Cubs and the Detroit Tigers.

Highlights Of 1966

10 Heshvan 5777 – November 10, 2016
In 1966, actor William Shatner became commander of the Starship Enterprise on television and the Trekkie generation was born.

1956: Nasser, Larsen, And A Rebbi’s Slap

12 Tishri 5777 – October 13, 2016
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.

Remembering The Year Of The Bird

6 Elul 5776 – September 8, 2016
They asked me about him for so long that I didn't get a chance to interview or take any pictures of players.

Hank Greenberg’s 30th Yahrzeit

7 Av 5776 – August 10, 2016
The tall, handsome, charismatic ballplayer topped several polls during his playing days as the most heroic figure among Jews in America.

1941: Baseball In America, War In Europe

1 Tammuz 5776 – July 7, 2016
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.

Will The Cubs’ Championship Drought Finally End?

3 Sivan 5776 – June 8, 2016
Most baseball fans have heard of Merkle's Boner, but how many actually know when or how it happened?

A Hundred Years Ago

4 Iyyar 5776 – May 11, 2016
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).

Players To Watch

29 Adar II 5776 – April 7, 2016
The Cubs have the most players I'll be watching.

Baseball’s Back!

1 Adar II 5776 – March 10, 2016
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.

Unforgettable Al Rosen

2 Adar I 5776 – February 10, 2016
My father informed me that Rosen was Jewish and I targeted him as one of the players I would follow closely.

Andy Pafko: My Number One

27 Tevet 5776 – January 7, 2016
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.

Remembering Yogi

28 Kislev 5776 – December 9, 2015
Like the fans, she adored him. By the time his career as a player, coach, and manager ended, Yogi had collected

Random Thoughts On The 2015 Season

30 Heshvan 5776 – November 11, 2015
Perhaps the biggest shock for Tigers fans was the firing of president and general manager Dave Dombrowski after the trades of Price and Cespedes.

Barney Dreyfuss, Jewish Father Of The World Series

25 Tishri 5776 – October 8, 2015
"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."

Major League Baseball’s First Jewish 20-Game Winner

26 Elul 5775 – September 9, 2015
The Philadelphia Phillies were impressed with his pitching prowess and promoted him to the major leagues in 1912.

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