For Americans, baseball provided an escape, and Jewish Americans followed the exploits of their favorite teams and of the relatively few Jews who wore baseball uniforms.
They asked me about him for so long that I didn't get a chance to interview or take any pictures of players.
The tall, handsome, charismatic ballplayer topped several polls during his playing days as the most heroic figure among Jews in America.
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.
Most baseball fans have heard of Merkle's Boner, but how many actually know when or how it happened?
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).
The Cubs have the most players I'll be watching.
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.
My father informed me that Rosen was Jewish and I targeted him as one of the players I would follow closely.
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.
Like the fans, she adored him. By the time his career as a player, coach, and manager ended, Yogi had collected
Perhaps the biggest shock for Tigers fans was the firing of president and general manager Dave Dombrowski after the trades of Price and Cespedes.
"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."
The Philadelphia Phillies were impressed with his pitching prowess and promoted him to the major leagues in 1912.
By 1943 both Rosenthals were serving in the armed forces. Both used chutzpah and bluffed about their age.
Gray played the outfield better than most players with two hands.
While David was impressed with his great-uncle's past, he was working on his own life and future path.
The New York Giants’ Jewish catcher thrilled Giants fans by hitting for the cycle.
The Mets at least have hope for the future with some good young pitchers.
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.
A famous face from that first '52 Topps set was Alvin Dark, who died in his South Carolina home recently at 92.
As the years flew by, one thing remained constant in Sid’s life – the New York Yankees.
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.
Rule #1: A wife should never accompany her husband to hang out with his buddies at a fantasy football draft. Unless beer and cigars are her thing, that is.
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.