Great Jews in Sports (2000 Edition)

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Replete with facts, figures, and statistics, Great Jews in Sports documents the contribution of Jewish athletes to the world of sports over the past two centuries. From home-run king Hank Greenberg, star of the 1930s and 1940s, to gymnast Kerri Strug, gold-medal winner at the 1996 Atlanta Olympics, this new edition of a perennial favorite presents intriguing portraits of sports stars from around the globe.

Bestselling author Robert Slater's more than 150 major profiles and ...

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Overview

Replete with facts, figures, and statistics, Great Jews in Sports documents the contribution of Jewish athletes to the world of sports over the past two centuries. From home-run king Hank Greenberg, star of the 1930s and 1940s, to gymnast Kerri Strug, gold-medal winner at the 1996 Atlanta Olympics, this new edition of a perennial favorite presents intriguing portraits of sports stars from around the globe.

Bestselling author Robert Slater's more than 150 major profiles and thumbnail sketches include such a fascinating and diverse mix as Daniel Mendoza, the father of modern boxing; Esther Roth, the first Israeli to reach the Olympic finals; Sidney Franklin, the first Jewish bullfighter; Angela Buxton, the 1956 Wimbledon Doubles Champion; Sandy Koufax, the youngest player ever to be admitted to the Baseball Hall of Fame; Hungarian gymnast Agnes Keleti, who earned an impressive five gold medals in the 1930s and 1940s; and power swimmer Lenny Krayzelburg, who won two gold medals for the United States at the 1998 World Championships in Perth, Australia.

For those particularly interested in the Israeli sports scene, Slater devotes an entire section of biographies to outstanding Israeli sports figures, including basketball star Mickey Berkowitz, soccer goalie Ya'acov Chodorov, and track and field stars Zehava Shmueli and Uri Zohar. Also included are lists of the winners of the Maccabiah Games and of members of the Jewish Sports Hall of Fame, which was founded in 1979, in Netanya, Israel, to recognize Jewish athletes of distinction.

First published in 1983, Robert Slater's new edition of the classic Great Jews in Sports will continue to delight seasoned sports lovers while introducing a whole new generation to some of the finest athletes of our time.

About the Author:
Robert Slater was born in the United States in 1943. In 1971 he and his wife, Elinor, moved to Jerusalem, where they continue to make their home. Robert Slater was a reporter in the Timemagazine Jerusalem Bureau from 1976 to 1996. He is the author of many biographical works, including Rabin of Israel and Golda: The Uncrowned Queen of Israel. Together, the Slaters have authored the highly popular Great Jewish Women, Great Jewish Men, and Great Moments in Jewish History.

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Editorial Reviews

Dov Peretz Elkins
Sports lovers everywhere will rejoice with the appearance of this updated classic. —JewishMediaReview
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A fine addition to school libraries.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780824604332
  • Publisher: David, Jonathan Publishers, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 10/1/1900
  • Edition description: REVISED
  • Pages: 360
  • Product dimensions: 8.58 (w) x 11.46 (h) x 1.15 (d)

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