Jewish Heritage Day at Shea Stadium was a boon not only for thousands of faithful fans Sunday, but for the Mets, who pulled off their fifth victory in the six years the annual event has been held.
This time the Amazins beat Colorado 6-4 before a crowd of 28,393. It didn't hurt that the team was on a five-game winning streak, although they remained in last place in the National League East as of Tuesday, at 54-69.
As U.S. ambassador to Israel, Dan Kurtzer has been involved in some major-league negotiations.
Now, he's set to negotiate with the major leagues. Kurtzer has been named commissioner of Israel's fledgling professional baseball organization, navigating obstacles between owners and players. A cinch, he says, compared to his diplomatic work.
"These are two friendly sides who are not at war with each other," said Kurtzer, a New Jersey resident and Yankee fan, now teaching Middle East policy at Princeton.
(JTA) – Swimmer Mark Spitz and broadcaster Howard Cosell were among 12 people inducted into the National Jewish Sports Hall of Fame and Museum. The athletes and others were recognized Sunday at a ceremony at the Suffolk JCC, site of the Hall of Fame, in Commack, L.I. Spitz won seven gold medals in the 1972 Olympics. Cosell was best known for his work on “Monday Night Football” and his relationship with boxer Muhammad Ali.
The first pro baseball player in the United States was a Jew: New York City native Lipman Emanuel Pike, who played the outfield for the Philadelphia Athletics in 1866.
Another top Jewish sports star of the 1800s was one of the first great college All-Americans — Phil King, who played halfback and quarterback at Princeton in the 1890s.
When he was a senior at Byram Hills High School in Westchester in 1970, Doug Berman was asked by a state senatorial candidate to arrange a small gathering of friends for him to meet. To help attract an audience, the candidate arranged for a guest speaker — Bill Bradley, the Hall of Fame forward of the New York Knicks.
“Because it was Bradley, I said yes, absolutely,” recalls Berman, a 6-footer who was captain of his basketball team. “He was my boyhood hero.”
A few minutes of the Aug. 15 Red Sox-Tigers baseball game is making the rounds as a video file on the Internet. But it’s not the action on the field that is catching everyone’s attention as much as the commentary in the broadcast booth.
Comedian Denis Leary and Lenny Clarke, co-stars of the TV drama “Rescue Me,” were serving as guest announcers on the New England Sports Network’s (NESN) telecast of the game when they learned that Red Sox first baseman Kevin Youkilis, who had just made a difficult play, is Jewish.