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 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.
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.
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.
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...
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
“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.
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In 2004, the National Baseball Hall of Fame prepared a retrospective “A Celebration of Jews in Baseball.”
All of the players respected him. There wasn't a finer player or finer man.
Al Schacht quickly became a fan favorite with his before-game entertainment imitating the mannerisms of other players.
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.
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.’
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.
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 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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Greenberg was the biggest Jewish hero in America at the time, but the Tigers actually had a second Jewish player in 1938.
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.
"I consider baseball a very good thing for the population during the war," Roosevelt stated.