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Hank Greenberg’s 30th Yahrzeit

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

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?

Most baseball fans have heard of Merkle's Boner, but how many actually know when or how it happened?

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).

Players To Watch

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

Baseball’s Back!

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

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

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

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

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

"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

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

Si Rosenthal: American Hero

By 1943 both Rosenthals were serving in the armed forces. Both used chutzpah and bluffed about their age.

Baseball During The War Years

Gray played the outfield better than most players with two hands.

Advice From A Major League Great-Uncle

While David was impressed with his great-uncle's past, he was working on his own life and future path.

1940: Baseball Amid The Approaching Storm

The New York Giants’ Jewish catcher thrilled Giants fans by hitting for the cycle.

Crystal Ball 2015

The Mets at least have hope for the future with some good young pitchers.

Spring Training Musings

The big news this spring is that the Houston Astros and Washington Nationals will be leaving their old spring homes north of Port St. Lucie and moving south to a beautiful new complex scheduled to open in two years in West Palm Beach.

Au Revoire, Sy Berger And Alvin Dark

A famous face from that first '52 Topps set was Alvin Dark, who died in his South Carolina home recently at 92.

Nearly A Century Of Memories

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

1939: A Momentous Year

During 1939, anti-Semitic groups such as Fritz Kuhn’s German American Bund held rallies in New York and other major cities across the country.

Ruminations On The 2014 Season

The two World Series combatants, the Kansas City Royals and the San Francisco Giants, were Wild Card teams (meaning they didn't win their respective divisions) that got hot at the right time.

One Hundred Years Ago

In 1914 Mayer became the first Jewish pitcher to win 20 games in a big league season, posting a 21-9 record with a superb earned run average of 2.58.

Happy Memories

Many former baseball players who left us with happy memories also passed away in the past year.

A Tale Of Two Princes

"No kid is worth a million dollars to sign," Newhouser said, "but if one kid is, it's this kid."

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