American Jews and America's Game

American Jews and America's Game

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Most fans dona€™t know how far the Jewish presence in baseball extends beyond a few famous players such as Greenberg, Rosen, Koufax, Holtzman, Green, Ausmus, Youkilis, Braun, and Kinsler. In fact, that presence extends to the baseball commissioner Bud Selig, labor leaders Marvin Miller and Don Fehr, owners Jerry Reinsdorf and Stuart Sternberg, officials Theo Epstein and Mark Shapiro, sportswriters Murray Chass, Ross Newhan, Ira Berkow, and Roger Kahn, and even famous Jewish baseball fans like Alan Dershowitz and Barney Frank. The life stories of these and many others, on and off the field, have been compiled from nearly fifty in-depth interviews and arranged by decade in this edifying and entertaining work of oral and cultural history. In American Jews and Americaa€™s Game each person talks about growing up Jewish and dealing with Jewish identity, assimilation, intermarriage, future viability, religious observance, anti-Semitism, and Israel. Each tells about being in the midst of the colorful pantheon of players who, over the past seventy-five years or more, have made baseball what it is. Their stories tell, as no previous book has, the history of the larger-than-life role of Jews in Americaa€™s pastime.In addition, he has written nineteen books and was the writer for the successful 2010 documentary film jews and Baseball: An American Love Story. ... ]im Bouton [former star Yankee pitcher turned controversial author] was also pitching for a suburban school. ... Bouton was pitching for Bloom High against Argo in the South Suburban League. ... a€œAbout five summers later, I was working on a garbage truck in the Chicago alleys to pay my way through college, and Bouton was pitching foranbsp;...

Title:American Jews and America's Game
Author: Larry Ruttman
Publisher:U of Nebraska Press - 2013-04-01

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