It was a sports dream but a food and scheduling nightmare.
Ira Jaskoll is a Sy Syms School of Business associate dean who keeps his athletic career alive by taking part in New York Yankees Fantasy Camps where men over 30 — and an occasional woman — get to train with and play against former members of the storied franchise at the team’s spring training site in Tampa, Fla. But there was no kosher food and the schedule was rough on shomer Shabbat participants. So Jaskoll pitched the Yankees some ideas.
For Ron Blomberg, making the Baseball Hall of Fame was literally a walk in the park.
On April 6, 1973, he was listed in the Yankees' lineup as a batter without a position in the field, thus becoming the first designated hitter. Blomberg earned a base on balls in his first appearance as DH, an innovation the sport introduced to replace the typically poor-hitting pitcher with a stronger batsman.
Soccer and basketball are Israel’s most popular sports, so what is U.S. Ambassador Dan Kurtzer going to discuss at an event called “A Celebration of Jews in Baseball” — alef-beisball?
No, Kurtzer tells The Jewish Week, he plans to use baseball as a mirror on American culture.