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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.

Baseball Shakes Off Its Winter Slumber

Baseball is back. And for the first time, half the 30 major league clubs are holding spring training in the Phoenix area.

Non-Perfect Perfect Game

It's been all over the news. You had to be in solitary confinement not to hear about umpire Jim Joyce's blown call at first base that should have ended the perfect game by Tigers pitcher Armando Galarraga against the Cleveland Indians in Detroit.

Eighty Years Ago On Two Sides Of The Atlantic

Rewind eight decades to 1933. That year marked the rise of the greatest villain of our time and the biggest Jewish sports hero of all time.

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.

Hammerin’ Hank’s 100th

January 1 will be the 100th anniversary of the birth of Hank Greenberg. And Greenberg's 25th yahrzeit will be marked next August.

Brooklyn Dodger Memories

A few months ago I wrote about the passing of my brother-in-law, Rabbi Shmuel Kunda, z”l, and how he never got around to a project I urged him to take on. I wanted him to title it "Boruch Goes to Ebbets Field" and tell the story of how Boruch bonds with Brooklyn's beloved Dodgers – with Pee Wee Reese, Duke Snider, Gil Hodges and the rest. (The Duke was my brother-in-law's favorite.)

Major League Baseball’s First Jewish 20-Game Winner

The Philadelphia Phillies were impressed with his pitching prowess and promoted him to the major leagues in 1912.

Players To Watch

The Cubs have the most players I'll be watching.

The Grand Old Game’s Grand Old Man

He's older than any radio station and spoke before movies did. My legendary friend Ernie Harwell will be 90 years old soon.

The Little Sweetheart

Zimmer was popular with veteran teammates like Roy Campanella, Gil Hodges, Pee Wee Reese and Duke Snider – and with a rookie lefthander named Sandy Koufax.

A Tale Of Two Ballparks

Ebbets Field, the Polo Grounds, the original Yankee Stadium, the renovated Yankee Stadium, and Shea Stadium - as I said last month, I'd been to them all.

2013 Crystal Ball

Many of the baseball beat writers feel the Detroit Tigers are the best team in the major leagues. While I haven't seen all of the pre-season articles, the ones I have read pick the Tigers to top the Central division in the American League.

By The Numbers

While we're counting the Omer we'll also be counting Alex Rodriguez's homers. When the Yankees third baseman hits his 17th home run this season, it will be the 600th of his career. A-Rod, who'll be 35 in July, is a good bet to hit 800 career home runs - a number never yet reached by anyone - before he retires.

My Uncle, A Hall Of Fame Jew

When an elderly, scholarly person passes away, a rare book is lost forever.

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.

Nearly A Century Of Memories

As the years flew by, one thing remained constant in Sid’s life – the New York Yankees.

1951: A Great Year In Baseball

I was one of 2,400 people at the recent Yeshiva Beth Yehudah dinner held in downtown Detroit.

Remembering Bobby Thomson

Those of us who were around then will never forget that afternoon 59 years ago.

Another Season Goes Into The Books

Forget the results. The 2009 World Series featured the two best teams in baseball. In the old days, the Series always had the best team in the American League against the best team in the National League. But with the advent of two rounds of league playoffs, a good but not great team that has a hot week or two can find itself in the World Series.

Baseball, Finances, And A Senator Named Bunning

Baseball fans know C. C. Sabathia signed a $161-million, seven-year contract with the Yankees. Not many fans know C. C. is short for Carsten Charles.

Remembering New York’s Old Stadiums

Last month I predicted the Yankees, Indians and Angels would top their divisions in the American League, while the Mets, Cubs and Diamondbacks would do the same in the National League.

Jerry Manuel – Brainy, But Is He Fiery Enough?

Mets general manager Omar Minaya hired Willie Randolph as manager prior to the 2005 season and fired him last month with the team's record stuck at a mediocre 34-35.

A Hundred Years Ago

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).

Designated Hebrew

The year 1973 was an interesting one indeed. Forty years ago, the Conservative movement’s commission on law and standards adopted a new regulation admitting women into the traditional minyan.

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