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1943

The war affected America’s national pastime in several ways. Rubber was in short supply, so games in the 1943 season used a baseball with less rubber. The new ball resulted in low-scoring games...

Great Young Talent

The very first All-Star Game I ever saw was in 1950, a few weeks after our family got its first television. That was the year I started following baseball and collecting baseball cards.

Ball Fields And Battlefields

Cleveland was the center of the baseball universe in 1948, and Hank Greenberg was the spiffiest dresser in its front office.

Brooklyn’s Best Go West

The coliseum could house over 100,000 fans. On Opening Day the Dodgers drew 78,672 paying fans – almost double what their beloved former home, Ebbets Field in Brooklyn, could accommodate.

The Jewish Ed Mayer

I always seemed to end up with, what they call in card-collecting circles, "commons." To me, Ed Mayer was even less than a common.

Yanks Will Make Playoffs, But Astros Will Win It All

The rivalry between fans of the Boston Red Sox and New York Yankees will heat up as the season progresses.

Florida Musings

Those of us who winter in the Orthodox enclave of Century Village in West Palm Beach are lucky to be so close to Florida's finest baseball facility, which boasts many stars and superstars.

Fond Memories Of Some Personal Favorites

I have many memories of him talking to Ralph Branca, who also pitched for the Tigers in the mid-fifties.

Jews And Baseball A Hundred Years Ago

Jake Pitler was a caring Jew who agonized over the plight of his fellow Jews on the other side of the ocean as he continued his baseball career.

The Tragic Life Of Hack Wilson

Wilson had no problem finding whiskey during Prohibition and drank most of his money until his wallet was dry.

Aaron Judge, Jose Altuve, And More

I enjoyed watching the Yankees this year with their young players like Judge and Gary Sanchez.

The Summer Of ‘67

Events morphed into what became known as the Six-Day War. While the war lasted less than a week, millions of words were devoted to it in newspapers and magazines over the days and weeks that followed.

Elegy For ‘The Boys Of Summer’

My father would have taken us to the game but I declined because the Dodgers would soon leave Brooklyn and Ebbets Field would no longer house a major league team, so who cared?

1942: Jewish Ballplayers Go To War

While American Jews were leaving the baseball field for military bases, Jews on the other side of the ocean were being targeted by the Nazis.

The One-Of-A-Kind Jim Bunning

I followed Evers religiously and so I thought it was an act of sacrilege that Bunning wore Evers's uniform number while with the Tigers.

Baseball And The Written Word

Once a year in the spring, Bookstock takes over the corridors of an upscale suburban Detroit shopping center for an eight-day book sale mostly benefiting Detroit schools and its pupils.

Jackie Robinson And Hank Greenberg: Forever Linked

While Pittsburgh embraced Greenberg, Robinson had a more mixed reception in Brooklyn. The borough’s Jewish fans welcomed him, as did most of the rest of the Ebbets Field faithful.

2017 Season Preview

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!

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

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

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

Ed Mierkowicz, 92, is the last surviving player from the 1945 World Series between the Cubs and the Detroit Tigers.

Highlights Of 1966

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

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

They asked me about him for so long that I didn't get a chance to interview or take any pictures of players.

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