Ellis Island to Ebbets Field: Sport and the American Jewish Experience / Edition 1

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Filled with marvelous stories, anecdotes and personality profiles, this book explores the importance of sport--both watching and playing--as a middle ground for a minority culture actively determining for itself what it meant to be an American Jew. Photos.

Full of marvelous stories, anecdotes and personalities, this novel explores the importance of sport--both watching and playing--as a middle ground for a minority culture actively determining for themselves what it meant to be American Jews. "Everything a good work of popular history should be."--Detroit Free Press. Photos.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780195085556
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 9/28/1993
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 352
  • Sales rank: 1,245,469
  • Product dimensions: 6.13 (w) x 9.19 (h) x 0.94 (d)

Meet the Author

Peter Levine is Professor of History at Michigan State University. He is the author of A.G. Spalding and the Rise of Baseball, American Sport: A Documentary History, and the editor of Baseball History, 1986-91.

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Table of Contents

Introduction 3
1 The Promise of Sport 11
2 Basketball and Community 26
3 Jews and Professional Basketball, 1900-1950 52
4 "Allagaroo, Garoo, Gara": The College Game, CCNY, and the Scandals of 1950 74
5 America's National Game 87
6 Cohen at the Bat 100
7 "Mantle, Schmantle, We Got Abie": Jews and Major League Baseball Between the Wars 117
8 "Oy Such a Fighter!": Boxing and the American Jewish Experience 144
9 "Fighting for All My People": Jewish Champions and American Heroes 170
10 "Der Yiddisher Vildkat" and the "Hebrew Hillbilly": College Life and College Sport Between the Wars 190
11 "My Father and I, We Didn't Get Our Medals": Marty Glickman's American Jewish Odyssey 216
12 "Where Have You Gone, Hank Greenberg?": Sport and the American Jewish Experience Since World War II 235
13 Conclusions 270
Postscript: The Jewish Experience in Comparative Perspective 281
Bibliographic Note 286
Notes 291
Index 319
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