Baseball

Oh To Be A Center Fielder

Although they rank high among Nobel Prize winners, Jews are not generally known for their athletics.  But as “Chasing Dreams” at Philadelphia’s National Museum of American Jewish History demonstrates, baseball has fielded its way through the American Jewish psyche, from its very beginnings. 

Omer Counter made of Louisville Slugger baseball bats. Keneseth Israel Congregation, Louisville, Kentucky.

Baseball Ingber Meets Rabbi Ingber

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'Heil Hitler' Among Graffiti Scrawled On Jackie Robinson Statue In Brooklyn

Act of hate a 'dagger' in America's heart, says Schumer.

08/07/2013
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Sixty-six years after he broke the color barrier and began integration of major league baseball, Jackie Robinson is still facing bigotry.

A statue of the sports and civil rights legend, who spoke out strongly against anti-Semitism, was defaced outside MCU Park in Coney Island, Brooklyn, home of the Brooklyn Cyclones. Along with racial slurs, the graffiti on both the bronze statue and concrete base included swastikas and the words "heil Hitler."

In an undated photo, Jackie Robinson signs a then-record contract to play for the Brooklyn Dodgers. Getty Images

Talking Baseball

05/07/2013
Associate Editor

Like Yiddishkeit, baseball is never what it used to be, and what used to be is often different than remembered. Legend tells us that fans were most loyal and passionate in Brooklyn.

Did anyone love Jackie Robinson more, or Sandy Koufax even more? And yet, despite Brooklyn finishing first or second nine times, with four World Series appearances and a championship in the years after Robinson’s debut (1947), Brooklyn attendance plunged some 780,000 in the next decade. Meanwhile, Koufax, of course, the beloved Brooklyn Jew who was a well-known athlete in the borough, was the starting pitcher 13 times in Brooklyn home games, but the average attendance was a very modest 16,289, with several of his starts attracting anemic turnouts in the range of 6,000-7,000.

Baseball’s Jews are the topic of a panel at the 92nd Street Y. Above, Ryan Braun; left, Sandy Koufax.

A Homerun Of A Snack

Have an easy time making this salty street food in your own kitchen.

03/01/2013
Food & Wine Editor

There’s nothing I like more than biting into a soft, warm pretzel, (smothered in mustard) but rarely can I find such a treat outside of a ballpark or street vendor. Fortunately, Daphna Rabinovitch at The Kosher Scoop has an easy, quick and fun way to prepare this scrumptious snack at home. 

Soft pretzels fresh from the oven. Photo via Pickycook.com

Yankees Offer Youkilis $12 Million

12/09/2012

The New York Yankees reportedly offered Jewish free agent Kevin Youkilis a one-year, $12 million contract.

Youkilis, a three-time All Star for the Boston Red Sox before being traded to the Chicago White Sox in June, was leaning toward accepting the offer, a source told The New York Times.

The offer would have Youkilis play third base, replacing Alex Rodriguez, who is expected to be sidelined until next June because of hip surgery. The Cleveland Indians are also said to be interested in signing Youkilis, according to the Times. 

Larsen's Perfect Decision

Few of us have the chance to achieve perfection.

Don Larsen did, 56 years ago, earlier this month, in sports.

A unremarkable pitcher for the N.Y. Yankees, Larsen pitched a perfect game – no hits, no walks, no men on base at all – in the 5th game of the 1956 World Series, beating the Brooklyn Dodgers’ Sal Maglie, an outstanding player who pitched an outstanding two-run five--hitter that day.

Don Larsen: Making history in '56 World Series

God’s Favorite Ballplayer

10/10/2012

“I f God had to choose His favorite baseball player of all time, who would He pick? Babe Ruth? Ted Williams? Sandy Koufax?”

That was the question Rabbi Beni Krohn, the assistant rabbi at Rinat Yisrael, a Modern Orthodox congregation in Teaneck, N.J., posed to his congregants at the outset of a sermon during the Sukkot holiday.

Cal Ripken Jr.: A role model of consistency.

A Strike For Perseverance

Add one more name to the list of Jewish baseball players who have had an at-bat in the major leagues.

One at-bat.

Adam Greenberg, arguably the most prominent Jew in sports in recent weeks, walked to home plate last week, bat in hand, for the first time in 2012. It was the first – and probably final – official at-bat of his pro career, on the penultimate day of the regular season.

Adam Greenberg: At-bat, finally

In Second At-Bat, Greenberg Strikes Out

Jewish major leaguer took a pitch to the head in 2005

10/03/2012

Adam Greenberg, a baseball player who was hit in the head by a pitch during his first major league at-bat for the Chicago Cubs in 2005, struck out in his second ever appearance in the major leagues.

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