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.

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.

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.

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.’

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.

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.

The Old Tiger Stadium

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

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