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Designated Hebrew: The Ron Blomberg Story

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Ron Blomberg is viewed as a trailblazer: in addition to being the first designated hitter in the history of major league baseball—an accident of fate—he was also the first significant Jewish Yankee. The only lantzman who preceded Blomberg to the Bronx hid behind the pseudonym of Jimmie Reese. Blomberg didn't believe in hiding, either from pitchers with overpowering fastballs or the baseball fans of New York. A witness to cross burnings and synagogue bombings in his youth, Blomberg felt relieved when New York's ...

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Ron Blomberg is viewed as a trailblazer: in addition to being the first designated hitter in the history of major league baseball—an accident of fate—he was also the first significant Jewish Yankee. The only lantzman who preceded Blomberg to the Bronx hid behind the pseudonym of Jimmie Reese. Blomberg didn't believe in hiding, either from pitchers with overpowering fastballs or the baseball fans of New York. A witness to cross burnings and synagogue bombings in his youth, Blomberg felt relieved when New York's large Jewish population embraced him. He loved people almost as much as he loved to eat. And so, he wore his religion on his sleeve. Ron Blomberg's story is more than a baseball tale, and more than a religious tale. It's the story of a Designated Hebrew... and there is no other tale quite like it.

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  • ISBN-13: 9781582619873
  • Publisher: Sports Publishing LLC
  • Publication date: 3/28/2006
  • Pages: 176
  • Product dimensions: 5.70 (w) x 8.30 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Dan Schlossberg is a former AP sportswriter and author of 33 baseball books, including "Baseball Gold: Mining Nuggets from Our National Pastime" and the 2006 autobiographies of Ron Blomberg and Milo Hamilton; as well as more than 25,000 articles about baseball. His 38-year journalism career runs the gamut from broadcast analyst and commentator to writer, author, and entrepreneur. He is managing editor of aBallTalk, a a syndicated weekly radio baseball show, and is the originator of the baseball theme cruise, coordinating and hosting more than 20 such cruises featuring major league stars.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 22, 2006

    JEWS

    this book is great, and i hope that the JEWS prevail! HAPPY HANNUKAH!!!!! I LOVE JEWISH PEOPLE! GO RON BLOMBERG!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 12, 2006

    great perspective from jewish standpoint

    Liked this book very much. Blomberg explains the positives and negatives of being a Jewish major leaguer and makes you feel like you were there. Easy reading yet entertaining.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 7, 2006

    WOW

    This book is great. Ron Blomberg tells an amazing story about how difficult(with injuries) yet enjoyable his playing days were. Everyone expected big things out of this guy, and although in some cases he did not pursue the hype, he was a great role model for many Jewish baseball fans. Being the 1st DH in MLB history and one of the first great Jewish ball players, he tells the story of all of his experiences. Great story for any baseball fan. Very inspirational story.

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