Photo Credit: Irwin Cohen
Barney Dreyfuss

Agreement was reached, and the first game of the first World Series took place on Thursday, October 1 in Boston. An overflow crowd of 16,242 packed Boston’s Huntington Avenue Grounds. But Dreyfuss didn’t see his Pirates win 7-3, because the game was on Yom Kippur.

Dreyfuss watched the second game with two guests, the rabbi from Boston’s oldest congregation and the rabbi from Dryfuss’s Pittsburgh congregation. The rabbis saw Boston shut out the Pirates 3-0 to even the Series.

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Pittsburgh lose that first World Series, five games to three. But for Barney and his beloved Florence, the disappointment would be followed by success and other firsts.

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Author, columnist, and public speaker Irwin Cohen headed a national baseball publication for five years and worked for a major league team, becoming the first Orthodox Jew to earn a World Series ring. His column appears the second week of each month. He can be reached in his suburban Detroit area dugout at irdav@sbcglobal.net.