The Baseball Talmud: The Definitive Position-by-Position Ranking of Baseball's Chosen Players

The Baseball Talmud: The Definitive Position-by-Position Ranking of Baseball's Chosen Players

by Howard Megdal
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The Baseball Talmud: The Definitive Position-by-Position Ranking of Baseball's Chosen Players by Howard Megdal

From the icons of the game to the players who got their big break but never quite broke through, The Baseball Talmud provides a wonderful historical narration of Major League Jewish Baseball in America. All the stats, the facts, the stories, and the (often unheralded) glory.

The Baseball Talmud reveals that there is far more to Jewish baseball than Hank Greenberg's powerful slugging and Sandy Koufax's masterful control. From Ausmus to Zinn, Berg to Kinsler, Holtzman to Yeager, and many others, Megdal draws upon the lore and the little-known details that increase our enjoyment of the game, including:

  • Which Jewish player spent a portion of his retirement as a spy
  • Who received $50,000 and a car to quit school and join the Major Leagues
  • How many players sat out of games scheduled on Yom Kippur
  • Which famous player chose baseball over becoming a rabbi

But this is more than just stories. Megdal, a stat geek himself, uses the wealth of modern sabermetrics to determine the greatest Jewish players at each position, the all-time Jewish All-Star Team, and how they would rate against the greatest teams in baseball history, from the 1906 Chicago Cubs to the 1998 New York Yankees.

The Baseball Talmud rewrites the history of Jewish baseball and is a book that every baseball fan should own.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780061970894
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 10/06/2009
Sold by: HARPERCOLLINS
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 320
Sales rank: 1,158,011
File size: 3 MB

About the Author

Howard Megdal covers baseball for the New York Observer. He is a regular contributor to New York Baseball Digest and Inside Pitch, and has written for ESPN.com and numerous other publications. Megdal cohosts the radio program New York Baseball Live with Mike Silva. Megdal's daily haiku recapping each Mets game can be read on Metsgeek.com. He lives in New York.

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Baseball Talmud: The Definitive Position-by-Position Ranking of Baseball's Chosen Players 3.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Pretth good book.
Regostein More than 1 year ago
It was nice to see all of the Jewish baseball players in one place. The use of Sabermetrics to rank players from different eras was nice also. Unfortunately, the book is pretty dry. Some of the anecdotal stories are fun, but there wasn't an overarching story to pull it together. More of a text book than a light read.