Old-Time Pitchers

After being hospitalized with heart issues for three weeks Ken Holtzman was 78 when he died.

Starting A New Chapter

After more than 70 years of watching the Detroit Tigers what team do I get to see now. Lakewood has the Blue Claws, the low minor league team of the Philadelphia Phillies, but I don't expect that their games are televised.

Jews In Baseball

The best Jewish hitter over the past few seasons has been Houston Astros third baseman Alex Bregman. The 29-year-old Bregman is in his last year before possibly leaving the Astros as a free agent.

May 16, 1954

It was a great game and the Tigers held on to win 7-6. We had a good view of 19-year-old skinny rookie Al Kaline in right field. Kaline singled in four attempts and Harry Agganis and Ted Williams each had three hits. The second game was even more interesting.

Losses In 2023 – Personal And In Baseball

While I never attended a religious service in a non-orthodox house of worship, I spoke in every synagogue and Temple in the Detroit area. Some more than once. I also did some radio and television there, besides writing for some local publications, too. I was born in Detroit; it was my home my whole life.

Reliving And Reminiscing The Past

It was a sad day for me when I learned of the firing of Chaim Bloom, who had the title of the Chief Baseball Officer of the Boston Red Sox.

Baseball On The Big Screen

The Yanks can easily be back in the playoffs next season if the young talent – which there is – can prove they’re ready for the majors.

In Loving Memory Of My Life’s Partner

You put the little fork at third base, she said, the big fork at shortstop, the knife at second base, and the spoon at first base. That was my guide every time I set the table.

The Year 1923

The Yankees won their first World Series as they downed the New York Giants, four games to two. Ruth was the biggest star of the Series as he batted .368 with three home runs.

Baseball’s Rules: The More Things Change…

We knew which batters were hitting well and which ones were in a slump. We memorized what the batters did in the few days before we faced them.

Fifty Years Writing About Baseball

A chance phone call to a sports call-in radio program would change the course of my life. But it wasn't by chance. It was orchestrated by Hashem.

Two Great Baseball Movies

You see me hittin' the ball and they cut the scene and you see Tab Hunter runnin' the bases. Every time I watched it with the family I say, 'Yeah, that's ol' dad hittin, in that movie there. Sievers said of his part in the movie.

The 2023 Baseball Season So Far

On the subject of the World Baseball Teams, we had a chance to see Jacob Steinmetz pitch for Team Israel against several major league all-star players representing the Dominican Republic.

New Season New Rules

This season, when a pitcher begins his motion, all four infielders must be stationed on the infield dirt and two must be on both sides of second base.

Aaron Judge: A Great Baseball Player

The fan who caught the ball that Judge hit for his 62nd home run of the 2022 season on October 4, while watching the game between the Yankees and Texas Rangers in suburban Dallas, sold it through an auction house for $1.5 million.

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.


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