Jews And The Early Years Of Baseball

At the time the first player with the last name Cohen was playing in the major leagues. Pitching under the name Harry Kane, he made his big league debut a year earlier in 1902 with the St. Louis Browns of the American League.

Jewish Ballplayers React To The Murder Of Israeli Athletes

The big news took place one day before the 22 inning game started as Willie Mays returned to New York via a trade between the San Francisco Giants and New York Mets.

Jewish Basketball Coach Organizes Bronx High School Scrimmage With Yeshiva To Combat Hate

It was a 30 point win for the yeshiva team, but the real victory could be said to be the bonding experience afterwards, when competing team members sat down in SAR’s dining room for pizza together.

Don Larsen’s Perfect Game, 66 Years Later

The night before the perfect game, Larsen dined with the Richmans and told the future writer that he was going to pitch a no-hitter the next afternoon. He pulled out a dollar from his wallet and instructed Milt to give it to his mother for a donation to her synagogue.

Hammerin’ Hank Greenberg’s Last Season

Greenberg threatened to retire rather than play for the lowly Pittsburgh Pirates, considered the worst team in the National League with no hope of reaching the World Series in 1947. Entertainer Bing Crosby one of the team of new owners on the Pirates lured Greenberg to Pittsburgh by making him the first player in baseball to earn $100,000.

La Guardia’s Love For Baseball

La Guardia was a rabid New York Giants fan, but also rooted for the Brooklyn Dodgers and New York Yankees when they weren't matched against the Giants. His favorite mayoral duty was throwing out the ceremonial first pitch on opening day to kick off a new season for the Giants at the Polo Grounds.

The Great Careers Of Jake Pitler & Max Patkin

Max Patkin had a long career in baseball as an entertainer. His trademark was wearing a baggy uniform with a large question mark on his back instead of a uniform number.

Remembering The 1947 World Series

It's hard enough to be a good player in the major leagues, But Robinson had to listen to racial taunts from other teams and fans in the stands when the Dodgers played on the road.

An Israel Ice Hockey Team Could Potentially Medal

To make the roster, players must be active and match Team Israel’s eligibility rules, meaning that they qualify by having a Jewish grandparent rather than being halachically Jewish...

Passover In Portsmouth: Turell’s Team Takes Title

I’m used to playing Division III basketball at the end of the day, Turell said. It took me a game to get used to the speed and used to the size. After that, I felt very used to it and ready to go.

One Hundred Years Ago

Babe Ruth was missing from the Yankees' lineup for the first six weeks of the season after Commissioner of Baseball Kenesaw Mountain Landis suspended him for taking part in a 15-game barnstorming tour.

Sports Shadchan Tackles Super Bowl Week – Except On Shabbos

I daven three times a day and eat only kosher anywhere I am in the world. Pro-athletes are often more understanding than others since they understand regimens and daily routines.

Ain’t Gonna Play On Saturday: Orthodox College Baseball Star Aims for the Big Leagues

The biggest thing is to set your goals, work hard, and know that it’s possible. There are obstacles obviously, but if you’re good enough and work hard enough you can make it happen.

Gil Hodges Joining Baseball Hall of Fame

The Dodgers had him hone his skills as a third baseman and catcher in the minor leagues and brought him up to the major leagues in 1943 when he was only 19.

Some Jewish Old-Timers

Richie Scheinblum had an eight-year big league career spanning 1965 to 1974 with six different teams (Cleveland, Washington, Kansas City, Cincinnati, California Angels and St. Louis).

Is the Next ‘Jewish Jordan’ Playing His Way into the NBA?

“He’s that talented, and we all know it. He’s a selfless kid who worked hard and stayed within the offense to produce,” said Yeshiva University head coach basketball Elliot Steinmetz of 22-year-old, 6-foot-7-inch senior guard Ryan Turell.

Maccabee On A Mission

YU Star Balances Full-Time Job, Marriage, Early Practices, Daf Yomi, and College Classes In Championship Quest

Jewish Players In World Series 2021

In 2004, the National Baseball Hall of Fame prepared a retrospective “A Celebration of Jews in Baseball.”

Tribute To Lou Gehrig: A Well-Loved Superstar

All of the players respected him. There wasn't a finer player or finer man.

A Century Ago In Baseball

Al Schacht quickly became a fan favorite with his before-game entertainment imitating the mannerisms of other players.

Morrie Arnovich – A Star In 20th Century Big League Baseball

While Jewish fans were concentrating on Hank Greenberg's efforts to pass Babe Ruth's single season home run record of 60 in 1938 Jewish baseball history was made on August 20, 1938.

Wonderful And Magnificent

While you'll have the respect of the players and the coaches and managers, you still have to be on guard. There's always a jokester or two who may want to take you off the religious pedestal.’

Elie Kligman Is Willing To Gamble, Due To His Faith

Kligman, who is shomer Shabbat, said he will not play on Sabbos and whatever team he goes to will have to adjust their schedule to accommodate him... "It's important for me because that's not the way G-d intended me to use the day," he told The Jewish Press by phone.

Rocky Colavito, A Mid-Century Champion

On the last day of spring training in 1960, Colavito, his fans and the baseball world were shocked as he was traded to Detroit for Harvey Kuenn.

The Origins Of My Baseball Career (Part III)

The next day, I opened the paper to the first page of the sports section where Falls' column appeared several days a week. I was surprised to see my picture below his usual masthead.

The Origins Of My Baseball Career (Part II)

The host never mentioned that when Aaron would pass Ruth's mark, he would have many more at-bats than Ruth had. I decided to call in and state the facts.

The Origins Of My Baseball Career

I saw pictures of him in the sports section of the newspaper delivered to our house, and I devoured any story and box score with his name.

Play Ball!

Gone are the days of the big games between the Yankees and the Boston Red Sox as the BoSox are more in a rebuilding phase and have their best pitcher, Chris Sale, out for the season because of surgery.

The Man With No First Name

While I don't remember him playing in a game I attended, I can recall opening up packs of baseball cards and getting more Porters than I wanted.

Seven Years Later… She Called Me

One celebrity fan that stands out in Rosalie's mind all these years later is Danny Kaye. "When Herbie came to bat, Danny would stand up and yell, 'Give it a klop, Herbie, give it a klop,'" she said.

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