Wiping Off The Old Crystal Ball For 2009

The baseball spotlight, as always, is on New York.

Saluting Murray Franklin

"I had to grow a tough little hide as everybody was fair game to be razzed and needled."

Advice From A Major League Great-Uncle

While David was impressed with his great-uncle's past, he was working on his own life and future path.

2010 Season Preview

As we clean for Pesach, several players will be cleaning out their lockers after being released by teams paring down their rosters for Opening Day.

Remembering New York’s Old Stadiums

Last month I predicted the Yankees, Indians and Angels would top their divisions in the American League, while the Mets, Cubs and Diamondbacks would do the same in the National League.

Spring Training Is Finally Here!

It hit me like a baseball bat on my head. I had been sitting next to Red Smith, the legendary sports columnist who knew Babe Ruth, Lou Gehrig, Ty Cobb and other baseball greats.

Players To Watch

The Cubs have the most players I'll be watching.

Good ‘Ol Trusty Rusty

I had many conversations with Rusty, who was considered baseball's most eligible bachelor, while on the baseball beat.

On Jewish Pitchers – And Some Departed Heroes

Jason Marquis became the first Jewish pitcher in 31 years to collect 100 career victories. Pitching for the Washington Nationals this year, Marquis (pronounced Mar-kee) earned his first big-league win ten years ago by beating the Mets at Shea Stadium while pitching for the Atlanta Braves. Jason, who'll turn 33 on August 2, has also pitched for the St. Louis Cardinals, Chicago Cubs and Colorado Rockies.

A Mighty Fine Feller

Bob Feller was stubborn and opinionated - and, I must admit, I didn't care for him too much at our first meeting over 30 years ago.

Baseball Season Recap

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.

2013 Crystal Ball

Many of the baseball beat writers feel the Detroit Tigers are the best team in the major leagues. While I haven't seen all of the pre-season articles, the ones I have read pick the Tigers to top the Central division in the American League.

Remembering Bobby Thomson

Those of us who were around then will never forget that afternoon 59 years ago.

New York Visit: Memories Of Scooter And More

My recent stay in New York included two trips to Yankee Stadium, one to Shea Stadium and one to KeySpan Park, home of the Brooklyn Cyclones, the minor league club of the Mets in Coney Island.

A Hundred Years Ago

The Jewish population of America was estimated at almost three million in 1916. Most did not have the means to afford even a basic Ford automobile ($440), let alone the most expensive model ($975).

Spring’s Almost Here

With spring training almost upon us, our attention turns to Arizona (Cactus League) and Florida (Grapefruit League).

Great Young Talent

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.

Designated Hebrew

The year 1973 was an interesting one indeed. Forty years ago, the Conservative movement’s commission on law and standards adopted a new regulation admitting women into the traditional minyan.

Remembering New York’s Old Stadiums

Last month I predicted the Yankees, Indians and Angels would top their divisions in the American League, while the Mets, Cubs and Diamondbacks would do the same in the National League.

1942: Jewish Ballplayers Go To War

While American Jews were leaving the baseball field for military bases, Jews on the other side of the ocean were being targeted by the Nazis.

The Old Tiger Stadium

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

A Look Back At ’08

The year is passing quickly. The balls and bats, the lulavim and esrogim, the Phillies World Series memorabilia - all have been put away, and it's time to look back on the 2008 baseball season.

Hank Greenberg’s 25th Yahrzeit

It was Hank Greenberg's 25th yahrzeit recently and I said Kaddish for baseball's biggest Jewish superstar.

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.

Remembering The Moonwalk, Anticipating Kosher Fantasy Camp

When Gaylord Perry made it to the major leagues with the San Francisco Giants in 1962, manager Alvin Dark told him that while he had the makings of being a good pitcher, he would be a terrible hitter. In fact, Dark told Perry that man would walk on the moon before Perry would ever hit a home run.

The Little Sweetheart

Zimmer was popular with veteran teammates like Roy Campanella, Gil Hodges, Pee Wee Reese and Duke Snider – and with a rookie lefthander named Sandy Koufax.

Postseason Picks

A huge Mets fan from Brooklyn moved to my town (Oak Park, Michigan.) and settled in a few houses from me. Walking home from shul the other day, he took issue with my picking, in last month's column, the Mets to finish fourth in the National League East.

The Delmon Young Saga

Every time Delmon Young come to bat, gets on base or makes a play in the field, we are reminded of his anti-Semitic rant in New York back in April.

Yanks Will Make Playoffs, But Astros Will Win It All

The rivalry between fans of the Boston Red Sox and New York Yankees will heat up as the season progresses.

Fantasy Come True

Seventy-eight degrees and sunny. That's what it was that Thursday afternoon in November when I arrived in Tampa, site of the Yankees Fantasy Camp. That's what it was that Thursday afternoon in November when I arrived in Tampa, site of the Yankees Fantasy Camp. After checking into the Sheraton Suites where the campers were staying for the Monday through Saturday camp, I shuttled to George M. Steinbrenner Field (where the Yanks play during spring training and also the home of the Tampa Yankees, three levels below the major leagues), to join the camp in progress.

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