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.’
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.
For the most part, it was a frustrating day for batters on both sides. Only two players had three hits.
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.
He was intelligent and a commanding presence, though much softer than his reputation as a player.
The biggest name who died in 2019 was a superstar as a player and a trailblazer as a manager.
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.
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.
In 1985, I became the answer to a trivia question: Who counted each and every seat in Tiger Stadium?
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...
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.
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.
President Woodrow Wilson sent a mission in September 1919 to investigate atrocities against Jews in Poland and Russia.
Shai Abramson, chief cantor of the IDF, belted out the national anthem while Mets and Cardinals players stood at attention.
In 1943, Baseball Commissioner Kenesaw Mountain Landis had actually forbidden training south of the Ohio and Potomac Rivers or west of the Mississippi River.
Of all the audiences I’ve spoken to, the Boynton Beach guys were among the best informed on baseball history and trivia.
I had many conversations with Rusty, who was considered baseball's most eligible bachelor, while on the baseball beat.
I was lucky enough to be on the baseball beat in the 1970s when many of Babe Ruth's former teammates were still alive.