Baseball 50 Years Ago

Jewish baseball fans were still missing Sandy Koufax, who retired after the 1966 season at the age of 30 because of risk of permanent damage to his arthritic arm.

Hank Greenberg In 1938

Greenberg was the biggest Jewish hero in America at the time, but the Tigers actually had a second Jewish player in 1938.

The New, Strange Baseball Season

We're going to see only a few pitchers this season winning more than seven games and only a few players hitting more than 15 home runs. But we could see a player batting over .400.

War, FDR, And Black Baseball Players

"I consider baseball a very good thing for the population during the war," Roosevelt stated.

The 26-Inning Game

For the most part, it was a frustrating day for batters on both sides. Only two players had three hits.

The Post-Cheating Astros

The sign stealer could be on the phone with his accomplice and relay what pitch is coming by raising the beer to his lips for a fastball, adjusting his cap for a curveball, etc.

The Late, Great Frank Robinson

He was intelligent and a commanding presence, though much softer than his reputation as a player.

These Six Players Died In 2019

The biggest name who died in 2019 was a superstar as a player and a trailblazer as a manager.

Thirty Years Since Billy Martin’s Car Crash

Martin broke into the major leagues with the New York Yankees in 1950, the same year I started following baseball as a youngster in Detroit.

My World Series Dilemma

I was surprised the Nats won Game 6 and was rooting for Houston to pull out a win in the final game before the home crowd.

Red Sox Hires Orthodox Jew as New Chief Baseball Officer

Chaim Bloom, 36, who spent 15 years with the Tampa Bay Rays, will be “responsible for all baseball operations matters” for the team.

The Old Tiger Stadium

In 1985, I became the answer to a trivia question: Who counted each and every seat in Tiger Stadium?

How Good Was Roger Maris?

Last month, I wrote about a 22-inning game in June 1962 between the New York Yankees and Detroit Tigers that lasted seven hours and...

The Longest Game I Ever Saw

New York scored another run in the second; the Tigers added three in the third and another in the sixth, tying the score at 7-7. Neither team scored for another 15 innings.

The Baseball Men We Lost – 1979

Baseball keeps the older people younger and gives the younger people something to look forward to.


While Jews in Europe didn't know which way to turn, American Jews found entertainment by turning the radio dial.

100 Years Ago

President Woodrow Wilson sent a mission in September 1919 to investigate atrocities against Jews in Poland and Russia.

Play Ball!

Shai Abramson, chief cantor of the IDF, belted out the national anthem while Mets and Cardinals players stood at attention.

Spring Training In Lakewood, 1944

In 1943, Baseball Commissioner Kenesaw Mountain Landis had actually forbidden training south of the Ohio and Potomac Rivers or west of the Mississippi River.

Baseball Trivia

Of all the audiences I’ve spoken to, the Boynton Beach guys were among the best informed on baseball history and trivia.

Good ‘Ol Trusty Rusty

I had many conversations with Rusty, who was considered baseball's most eligible bachelor, while on the baseball beat.

Babe Ruth, 70 Years Later

I was lucky enough to be on the baseball beat in the 1970s when many of Babe Ruth's former teammates were still alive.

Baseball Season Recap

On the other side of New York, the Mets, unlike the Yankees, don't have the young bats to excite the fans. However, a Mets farmhand led the minor leagues in home runs in 2018.

The Jews Of 1968

The 1968 baseball season was especially memorable because it was the last time a pitcher won 30 games and because it saw the end of Mickey Mantle's playing career.


The war affected America’s national pastime in several ways. Rubber was in short supply, so games in the 1943 season used a baseball with less rubber. The new ball resulted in low-scoring games...

Great Young Talent

The very first All-Star Game I ever saw was in 1950, a few weeks after our family got its first television. That was the year I started following baseball and collecting baseball cards.

Ball Fields And Battlefields

Cleveland was the center of the baseball universe in 1948, and Hank Greenberg was the spiffiest dresser in its front office.

Brooklyn’s Best Go West

The coliseum could house over 100,000 fans. On Opening Day the Dodgers drew 78,672 paying fans – almost double what their beloved former home, Ebbets Field in Brooklyn, could accommodate.

From IDF Soldier To YU Shortstop

Getting shot at is tough to describe. In the moment, you revert back to your training. You do what you were taught to do. You don’t really think about it. You just react.

The Jewish Ed Mayer

I always seemed to end up with, what they call in card-collecting circles, "commons." To me, Ed Mayer was even less than a common.


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