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Another Season In The Books/A Remarkable Brother-In-Law

Baseball's postseason provided an economical boost for downtown Detroit.

Baseball's postseason provided an economical boost for downtown Detroit.

Shul kids would always ask me when he would be coming to town, and when he did they would be rewarded with conversation and a personal story. One youngster asked if he could write him and they began a long correspondence.

My favorite piece of Shmuel Kunda memorabilia is the one-of-a-kind supper plate we have on top of the other plates in the kitchen. The face of the plate, which my brother-in-law drew some 35-years ago, shows our young daughter wearing a baseball uniform, her cap tilted off-center, holding a large baseball bat and an oversized fielder’s glove while standing in front of a ballpark.

I’ve been staring at the plate a lot lately. It’s a reminder of the good times we had and the joy he brought into people’s lives.

Irwin Cohen headed a national baseball publication for five years before moving
to a big league front office position where he earned a World Series ring. The author, a columnist, lecturer and president emeritus of one of Detroit’s leading shuls, can be reached in his dugout at irdav@sbcglobal.net. His column appears the second week of each month.

About the Author: The author of 10 books, Irwin Cohen headed a national baseball publication for five years and interviewed the legendary Hank Greenberg. He went on to work for a major league team and became the first Orthodox Jew to earn a World Series ring. He can be reached in his Detroit area dugout at irdav@sbcglobal.net.


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