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