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A Happy 90th To Ralph Kiner

26 Tishri 5773 – October 11, 2012
Ralph Kiner turns ninety on the 27th of October. Where have the years gone? Many Jewish Press readers grew up watching Kiner's Korner, the post-game television show featuring yesterday's heroes and the Mets' one-day wonders.

Israel And The World Baseball Classic

26 Elul 5772 – September 12, 2012
For the first time, Israel will participate in the qualifying round of the World Baseball Classic. That's the good news. The bad news concerns the dates they'll be playing in Florida. Earlier in the year it was thought the early rounds would start in other countries before moving to Florida in November. Assuming Israel would still be in the WBC games, the Florida site would be Roger Dean Stadium in Jupiter.

What I Did On My ‘Mancation’

22 Av 5772 – August 9, 2012
Last year I told you about my "mancation" (men only) to a city to check out its Jewish community and major league team and ballpark. Last year it was Pittsburgh and Cincinnati; this year's first "mancation" destination was Cleveland.

The Delmon Young Saga

22 Tammuz 5772 – July 11, 2012
Every time Delmon Young come to bat, gets on base or makes a play in the field, we are reminded of his anti-Semitic rant in New York back in April.

Abe Stark’s Famous Sign

18 Sivan 5772 – June 7, 2012
The 40th yahrzeit of Abe Stark, who died at 77 in July 1972, is almost upon us. Those of you who remember Ebbets Field, abandoned by the Dodgers in 1957, can recall the Abe Stark sign on the bottom of the scoreboard embedded in the right field wall.

Jackie Robinson: A Real Mensch

17 Iyyar 5772 – May 9, 2012
I was lucky enough to have met and interviewed many Hall of Famers including Joe DiMaggio, Hank Greenberg, Ted Williams and Stan Musial. I also had the chance to meet and gab with many of the stars from the old Negro Leagues who went on to play in the major leagues after Jackie Robinson broke the color barrier – Hank Aaron, Ernie Banks, Larry Doby, Monte Irvin and Satchel Paige. But I never had the chance to meet Jackie Robinson.

Play Ball!

21 Nisan 5772 – April 12, 2012
The 2012 baseball season should be a most interesting one. Every game is important. No longer can a team just play for the Wild Card spot and have an equal shot with the three division winners at participating in the World Series (as St. Louis did last year).

At Catcher… Myron Ginsberg

16 Shevat 5772 – February 8, 2012
Sixty years ago and fifty years ago. 1952 and 1962. They were memorable years for many of us.

A Pair Of Pitchers… And Some Welcome Changes

17 Tevet 5772 – January 11, 2012
Craig Breslow and Jason Marquis will be wearing different uniforms this season. The two pitchers also share a unique trait among those labeled “Jewish players” by the media: Breslow and Marquis both have two Jewish parents.

1951: A Great Year In Baseball

12 Kislev 5772 – December 7, 2011
I was one of 2,400 people at the recent Yeshiva Beth Yehudah dinner held in downtown Detroit.

Fantasy Come True

18 Heshvan 5772 – November 14, 2011
Seventy-eight degrees and sunny. That's what it was that Thursday afternoon in November when I arrived in Tampa, site of the Yankees Fantasy Camp. That's what it was that Thursday afternoon in November when I arrived in Tampa, site of the Yankees Fantasy Camp. After checking into the Sheraton Suites where the campers were staying for the Monday through Saturday camp, I shuttled to George M. Steinbrenner Field (where the Yanks play during spring training and also the home of the Tampa Yankees, three levels below the major leagues), to join the camp in progress.

Another Season In The Books

15 Heshvan 5772 – November 12, 2011
Wow! What a finish to the 2011 baseball season. Even before the interesting seven-game World Series won by St. Louis, there was incredible drama in the final month.

‘Mancation’ In Cincinnati

14 Tishri 5772 – October 12, 2011
Two months ago I told you about my "Mancation" (men only, we visit different cities, check out a ballgame and the shuls, etc.).

Hank Greenberg’s 25th Yahrzeit

8 Elul 5771 – September 7, 2011
It was Hank Greenberg's 25th yahrzeit recently and I said Kaddish for baseball's biggest Jewish superstar.

The Marlins’ Coming New Stadium And More

5 Tammuz 5771 – July 7, 2011
While there are great rates on fares to the Miami area this time of year, it's not a place most people want to visit in the summer, unless, of course, they have relatives or good friends to visit or a simcha to attend.

Random Thoughts A Month Into The Season

7 Iyyar 5771 – May 11, 2011
A local Orthodox attendance record was set at Detroit's Comerica Park on Sunday Chol Hamoed Pesach as an estimated 500 frum fans were in the stands. They saw a good game as the Tigers downed the White Sox 3-0 on a beautiful sunny day. Seven families from my shul returned with suntans and they reported many shuls were represented in all sections of the downtown ballpark, about a 20-minute ride from my dugout.

Baseball’s Back! Predictions For The 2011 Season

2 Nisan 5771 – April 6, 2011
Every team has a bad week. Good teams, however, go through it less often. It all play out over the course of the season, so don't pay too much attention to where good teams are listed in the standings early on.

Baseball Shakes Off Its Winter Slumber

3 Adar II 5771 – March 9, 2011
Baseball is back. And for the first time, half the 30 major league clubs are holding spring training in the Phoenix area.

The Man And His Book

5 Adar I 5771 – February 9, 2011
In the four years-plus I've been writing this column, I've received many questions from readers. This month would be a good time to showcase some of the more popular questions and tell you of a book about an Orthodox Jew in the baseball field.

The Greatest World Series Finish Ever

28 Tishri 5771 – October 6, 2010
It was a half-century ago but I still have vivid memories of 1960. Television was still considered kosher and my favorite shows were mostly westerns.

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