The year is passing quickly. The balls and bats, the lulavim and esrogim, the Phillies World Series memorabilia - all have been put away, and it's time to look back on the 2008 baseball season.
Those of us who grew up when television was considered kosher in its black and white days remember "The Stratton Story," a 1949 movie that aired often on TV in the '50s starring Jimmy Stewart as Chicago White Sox pitcher Monty Stratton, who lost a leg in an off-season hunting accident in 1938 near his Greenville, Texas home.
It was Bob Fishel's 20th yahrzeit. Kaddish was said. Fishel never married but left hundreds of admirers.
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.
When an elderly, scholarly person passes away, a rare book is lost forever.
The year was1948 and a great baseball season was unfolding.
The 2008 baseball season is finally here. These are my predictions:
In 1870 the Chicago White Stockings headed south to New Orleans for preseason workouts.
The Boston Red Sox will have three opening days in three different countries. The first will be in Japan on Tuesday, March 25, against Oakland.
He's older than any radio station and spoke before movies did. My legendary friend Ernie Harwell will be 90 years old soon.
Shawn Green didn't provide the power the Mets were hoping for last season as he hit only 10 home runs in 446 at bats.
The year was 1957. Times were good here in America. The world seemed more peaceful.
My recent stay in New York included two trips to Yankee Stadium, one to Shea Stadium and one to KeySpan Park, home of the Brooklyn Cyclones, the minor league club of the Mets in Coney Island.
The 1947 baseball season was Jackie Robinson's first and Hank Greenberg's last. It also marked the debut of another Jewish slugger, Al Rosen.
Hope everyone enjoyed this year's All-Star Game, which was played on Tuesday this week, after this column was prepared.
Adam Greenberg holds a major league record. He was hit in the head by the very first and only pitch he ever saw - or almost saw - in his big league career.
While we're counting the Omer, we're also counting homers.
NL East Mets: The Mets have the best team in the National League, with enough punch to compensate for an aging and not-so-great starting...
"Who are you saying Kaddish for today?" one of the kollel young men asked.
We'll leave the serious stuff - the situation in Israel, the shidduch crisis, and other issues of concern to the Jewish community - to the other qualified Jewish Press columnists.