Jewish Major Leaguers in Their Own Words: Oral Histories of 23 Players

Jewish Major Leaguers in Their Own Words: Oral Histories of 23 Players

by Peter Ephross, Martin Abramowitz


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Between 1870 and 2010, 165 Jewish Americans played Major League Baseball. This work presents oral histories featuring 23 of them. From Bob Berman, a catcher for the Washington Senators in 1918, to Adam Greenberg, an outfielder for the Chicago Cubs in 2005, the players discuss their careers and consider how their Jewish heritage affected them. Legends like Hank Greenberg and Al Rosen as well as lesser-known players reflect on the issue of whether to play on high holidays, responses to anti-Semitism on and off the field, bonds formed with black teammates also facing prejudice, and personal and Jewish pride in their accomplishments. Together, these oral histories paint a vivid portrait of what it was like to be a Jewish Major Leaguer.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780786465071
Publisher: McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers
Publication date: 03/05/2012
Pages: 227
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.70(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Peter Ephross was a longtime editor for the Jewish Telegraphic Agency news service and has published in Publishers Weekly, the Village Voice, and Forward. He lives in Brooklyn, New York. Martin Abramowitz is the president of Jewish Major Leaguers, Inc., which documents American Jews in baseball and sponsored many of the interviews in this book.

Table of Contents

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments ix

Preface 1

Introduction 3

BOB BERMAN, Washington Senators, 1918 9

AL SCHACHT, Washington Senators, 1919–1921 14

ANDY COHEN, New York Giants, 1926, 1928–1929 24

HANK GREENBERG, Detroit Tigers, 1930, 1933–1941, 1945–1946; Pittsburgh Pirates, 1947 33

HARRY DANNING, New York Giants, 1933–1942 41

GOODY ROSEN, Brooklyn Dodgers, 1937–1939, 1944–1946; New York Giants, 1946 52

SAM NAHEM, Brooklyn Dodgers, 1938; St. Louis Cardinals, 1941; Philadelphia Phillies, 1942, 1948 62

CY BLOCK, Chicago Cubs, 1942, 1945–1946 68

AL ROSEN, Cleveland Indians, 1947–1956 73

MICKEY RUTNER, Philadelphia Athletics, 1947 85

MARV ROTBLATT, Chicago White Sox, 1948, 1950–1951 95

CAL ABRAMS, Brooklyn Dodgers, 1949–1952; Cincinnati Reds, 1952; Pittsburgh Pirates, 1953–1954; Baltimore Orioles, 1954–1955; Chicago White Sox, 1956 100

SAUL ROGOVIN, Detroit Tigers, 1949–1951; Chicago White Sox, 1951–1953; Baltimore Orioles, 1955; Philadelphia Phillies, 1955–1957 111

LOU LIMMER, Philadelphia Athletics, 1951, 1954 124

ED MAYER, Chicago Cubs, 1957–1958 133

LARRY SHERRY, Los Angeles Dodgers, 1958–1963; Detroit Tigers, 1964–1967; Houston Astros, 1967; California Angels, 1968 and NORM SHERRY, Los Angeles Dodgers, 1959–1962; New York Mets, 1963 141

MIKE EPSTEIN, Baltimore Orioles, 1966–1967; Washington Senators, 1967–1971; Oakland Athletics, 1971–1972; Texas Rangers, 1973; California Angels, 1973–1974 150

RON BLOMBERG, New York Yankees, 1969, 1971–1976; Chicago White Sox, 1978 154

ELLIOTT MADDOX, Detroit Tigers, 1970; Washington Senators/Texas Rangers, 1971–1973; New York Yankees, 1974–1976; Baltimore Orioles, 1977; New York Mets, 1978–1980 167

JOSE BAUTISTA, Baltimore Orioles, 1988–1991; Chicago Cubs, 1993–1994; San Francisco Giants, 1995–1996; Detroit Tigers, 1997; St. Louis Cardinals, 1997 179

JESSE LEVIS, Cleveland Indians, 1992–1995, 1999; Milwaukee Brewers, 1996–1998, 2001 186

ADAM GREENBERG, Chicago Cubs, 2005 195

Appendix: Jewish Major Leaguers 207

Index 213

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