The Big Book of Jewish Baseball: An Illustrated Encyclopedia and Anecdotal History

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From the beginning, Jews have played a prominent role in our national pastime, the game of baseball, but have often been ignored. This is the first baseball encyclopedia dedicated to naming and honoring every Jewish contributor. These often remarkable stories ensure they will no longer be forgotten.

The Big Book of Jewish Baseball covers everything, from tragic moments such as Herb Gorman dying on the ball field, and Erskine Meyer quitting the sport after finding out about his ...

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Overview

From the beginning, Jews have played a prominent role in our national pastime, the game of baseball, but have often been ignored. This is the first baseball encyclopedia dedicated to naming and honoring every Jewish contributor. These often remarkable stories ensure they will no longer be forgotten.

The Big Book of Jewish Baseball covers everything, from tragic moments such as Herb Gorman dying on the ball field, and Erskine Meyer quitting the sport after finding out about his teammates (on the 1919 White Sox) taking bribes, to happier occasions such as Koufax’s perfect game as well as Larry Sherry successfully concluding every Dodger victory of the 1959 World Series.

Jews who impacted upon the great American pastime extend far beyond the record homeruns and strikeouts of the legendary slugger “Hammerin’ Hank” Greenberg and pitching ace Sandy Koufax. There are scores of lesser known ballplayers like Lipman Pike (the first professional Jewish player), Cal Abrams (who shielded Jackie Robinson with his body), and Ron Blomberg (who stood in as the very first Designated Hitter), whose baseball stories will touch or amuse readers of any background.

The Big Book of Jewish Baseball explores all facets of baseball, including: Minor League players, Umpires, Jewish League Officials and Club Executives. It even includes a 2001 Major League update, as well as 200 B&W photographs. This book is a must for anyone interested in the game.

Also included are full player stats, unusual memorabilia, exclusive original interviews, and rare photos of players on and off the field.

This one-of-a-kind book will be much appreciated by both baseball aficionados as well as readers of popular Judaica. In addition, the authors convey so much about the lives of the players, not just their baseball careers, some great transcendent moments both in baseball and American history come alive for readers.

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What People Are Saying

Al Rosen
Your book is terrific. I enjoyed every page.
— (Al Rosen, American League MVP, 1953)
Jonathan Tobin
The Baseball Bible is here...Published by S.P.I books for their Baseball Collectors Library, the work is a lively and complete reference of the topic with a comprehensive list of literally every Jew who has played in the Major Leagues.
— (Jonathan Tobin; Jewish Exponent, May 10, 2001)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781561719730
  • Publisher: Special Publications International, Inc.
  • Publication date: 7/1/2001
  • Series: Big Book Series
  • Pages: 304
  • Product dimensions: 8.52 (w) x 10.72 (h) x 0.61 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 14, 2001

    Interesting and Entertaining to any reader

    You don't have to be Jewish or a baseball fan to enjoy this well-written and entertaining accounts of the lives of famous and otherwise unknown baseball players. I couldn't put this book down! While leafing through the pages, it's easy to loose track of time. There are so many interesting and entertaining stories!

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