I am anything but objective when it comes to Red Sox baseball. A long-suffering fan since the days of Ted Williams, I rejoiced in the 2004 miracle comeback, the 2007 Series sweep, and, now, the thrilling 2013 turnaround.
(JNS.org) -- In the midst of the Major League Baseball playoffs, an artist came out with a new lithograph painting that depicts 27 Jewish baseball players and contains the signatures of 26 of them — all except the late Hall of Famer Hank Greenberg.
Add one more name to the list of Jewish baseball players who have had an at-bat in the major leagues.
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.
Ryan Braun, the slugging outfielder for the Milwaukee Brewers, became the first Jewish Most Valuable Player in nearly five decades.
Braun, the son of an Israeli-born Jewish father and a Catholic mother, was named the National League MVP on Tuesday. He received 20 of 32 first-place votes and 388 points in voting announced by the Baseball Writers' Association of America. Los Angeles center fielder Matt Kemp was second with 10 first-place votes and 332 points.
The revelation that Brooklyn Dodgers pitcher Ralph Branca has Jewish roots (his mother was Jewish, but he was raised Catholic) has created such a stir at the Suffolk Y JCC in Commack, L.I., that Branca will be considered for induction into the National Jewish Sports Hall of Fame and Museum housed there — albeit through the back door.
A 1-0 victory for modesty, but 0-3 in the basketball standings.
Those were the results this week for the Israeli women’s national team that competed in Poland in the European championships. The Israelis lost their three opening rounds games, eliminating them from further competition.
But it was questionable whether one of its players would play in Poland in the first place.