Jews and Baseball, Volume 1: Entering the American Mainstream, 1871-1948
  • Jews and Baseball, Volume 1: Entering the American Mainstream, 1871-1948
  • Jews and Baseball, Volume 1: Entering the American Mainstream, 1871-1948

Jews and Baseball, Volume 1: Entering the American Mainstream, 1871-1948

by Burton A. Boxerman, Benita W. Boxerman, Benita W. Boxerman, Martin Abramowitz
     
 

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Long before Hank Greenberg earned recognition as baseball's greatest Jewish player, Jews had developed a unique, and very close, relationship with the American pastime. In the late nineteenth century, as both the American Jewish population and baseball's popularity grew rapidly, baseball became an avenue by which Jewish immigrants could assimilate into American

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Long before Hank Greenberg earned recognition as baseball's greatest Jewish player, Jews had developed a unique, and very close, relationship with the American pastime. In the late nineteenth century, as both the American Jewish population and baseball's popularity grew rapidly, baseball became an avenue by which Jewish immigrants could assimilate into American culture. Beyond the men (and, later, women) on the field, in the dugout, and at the front office, the Jewish community produced a huge base of fans and students of the game.

This important book examines the interrelated histories of baseball and American Jews to 1948—the year Israel was established, the first full season that both major leagues were integrated, and the summer that Hank Greenberg retired. Covered are the many players, from Pike to Greenberg, as well as the managers, owners, executives, writers, statisticians, manufacturers and others who helped forge a bond between baseball and an emerging Jewish culture in America. Key reasons for baseball's early appeal to Jews are examined, including cultural assimilation, rebellion against perceived Old World sensibilities, and intellectual and philosophical ties to existing Jewish traditions. The authors also clearly demonstrate how both Jews and baseball have benefited from their relationship.

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Editorial Reviews

School Library Journal
intriguing...a thorough and worthy contribution
Library Journal
a good addition
Journal of Sport History
the writing is accessible and engaging...features a number of revealing photographs...an entertaining introduction to the Jewish presence in baseball

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780786428281
Publisher:
McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers
Publication date:
12/27/2006
Series:
Jews and Baseball Series
Pages:
232
Sales rank:
1,214,445
Product dimensions:
7.10(w) x 10.00(h) x 0.70(d)
Age Range:
14 - 18 Years

Meet the Author

A member of the Society for American Baseball Research, Burton A. Boxerman taught history for thirty years and contributes to numerous historical journals. A longtime baseball fan, he lives in St. Louis, Missouri. Writer and researcher Benita W. Boxerman is retired from one of the largest public relations firms in the United States. She is a member of the Society for American Baseball Research and lives in St. Louis, Missouri.

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