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  • Dodgers continue support for Maccabiah games

    By Tom Tugend

    May 31, 2011 | 6:55 pm

    The Los Angeles Dodgers will again underwrite the baseball tournament at the Maccabiah games in Israel, according to an announcement from the Maccabiah Organizing Committee.

    Frank McCourt, though occupied with ownership of the team and a contentious divorce, said, “Our sponsorship...

  • Baseball’s reluctant Jewish hero

    May 5, 2011 | 2:06 pm

    Hyman (Hank) Greenberg, Major League Baseball player extraordinaire and subject of “Hank Greenberg: The Hero Who Didn’t Want to Be One” by Mark Kurlansky (Yale University Press, $25.00), probably would have disliked being included in the “Jewish Lives” series published by...

  • Kosher in the mix for Twins’ ballpark franks

    March 30, 2011 | 3:53 pm

    Fans of the Minnesota Twins can chow down on Hebrew National this spring.

    Target Field, home of the Twins since last year, is setting up a kosher hot dog cart in time for the team’s home opener April 8 vs. the Oakland Athletics.

    The hot dogs and condiments are under the supervision...

  • Quitter-ville

    By Julia Bendis

    March 28, 2011 | 10:13 am

    I am a big quitter, and I come from a long line of quitters.  My whole family is that way, we get excited to start something, but rarely do we actually finish or go through with it.  We always have the best excuses to quit something, not only does it make sense for us to quit...

  • Ohio sports and my Marriage vows

    By Julia Bendis

    January 6, 2011 | 3:04 pm

    Most people know, I am not a big sports fan.  Sure I like to watch an occasional basketball game, only because every TV in the house has been hijacked to watch the Cleveland Cavaliers get their asses handed to them, yet again, by every single team in the NBA.  But, that’s for later…...


    By Tom Teicholz

    April 23, 2009 | 1:56 am

    Who knew?

    Who knew that basketball has a storied Jewish past, or that a non-sports guy like me would ever read, no less enjoy, a book about baseball umpires, Bruce Weber’s “As They See ‘Em” (Scribner, 2009)? Maybe it’s because Passover is a time of miracles — or is that...

  • Take Me Out to the Bar Mitzvah…

    March 18, 2009 | 3:11 am

    Roger Owens has been pitching with the Dodgers for 50 years, ever since the team moved from Brooklyn. His accuracy is uncanny, and he remains a crowd favorite. He throws under the leg, behind the back and even two at a time, sometimes more than 30 rows back.

    Owens, also known as the...

  • Artifact-rich Sports Museum opens downtown

    By Robert David Jaffee

    December 25, 2008 | 4:30 pm

    A T206 Honus Wagner baseball card, one of the rarest in the world. Barry Bonds' 755th home run ball. A handful of infield dirt, the broken champagne bottle used to christen the stadium and the first ball thrown out at Ebbets Field, home of the Brooklyn Dodgers, in 1913.

    These are...

  • Jewish pitcher smashes a grand slam

    October 1, 2008 | 10:08 pm

    Jason Marquis became the first Jewish pitcher to hit a grand slam since 1950.

    Marquis, a Chicago Cubs’ right-hander, connected to right field off Mets’ rookie lefty Jonathan Niese Sept. 23 at Shea Stadium in New York.

    The homer, part of a six-run fourth inning, propelled the Cubs to a 9-5 victory. Marquis also picked up the mound win to raise his record to 11-9.

    The last Jewish pitcher to hit a grand slam was Saul Rogovin of the Detroit Tigers in 1950. Rogovin smashed his homer off Eddie Lopat of the New York Yankees.

    Jason Marquis

    Saul Rogovin

  • The Rabbi in the dugout

    By Brad A. Greenberg

    June 10, 2008 | 12:01 pm


    Greenberg. Koufax. Horwitz?

    Welcoming MLB’s newest Jew. Giants outfielder Brian Horwitz is no Ryan Braun or Kevin Youkilis, but he’s having a pretty righteous coming out party, batting .385 in his first seven games, with four runs and an on-base percentage of .973.

    The Rabbi,” as...

  • Dodgers hit grand slam in history of Jewish players

    By Robert David Jaffee

    April 17, 2008 | 6:00 pm

    When the Dodgers celebrated their 50th anniversary in Los Angeles on March 29 with an exhibition game at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, it seemed almost fitting that a Jewish ballplayer, Red Sox first baseman Kevin Youkilis, would hit a pivotal home run that helped Boston win the...
  • Briefs: Rice says Abbas can do, Peres talks Turkey, Olmert suspected

    November 15, 2007 | 7:00 pm

    Rice: Abbas a True Peace Partner

    Condoleezza Rice told thousands of Jewish communal activists that the president of the Palestinian Authority is a true partner for peace. The U.S. secretary of state, addressing delegates in Nashville at the General Assembly of the United Jewish...

  • Sandy Koufax kippah—sports memorabilia that won’t get you arrested *

    By The Web Guy

    September 20, 2007 | 6:24 pm

    I’ve partied with rock stars and played poker with Hollywood heroes but I’m a fan of only one celebrity—Sandy Koufax.

    When Sandy refused to pitch on Yom Kippur during the 1965 World Series (the Dodgers won anyhow) he became an instant hero to Jewish boys like me across America.

  • Little Leaguers catch a wave in West L.A.

    By Lee Barnathan

    September 8, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    For the first time in 46 years, a West Los Angeles (WLA) Little League baseball team reached its state tournament. A fine achievement, indeed, for a group of 13 boys, ages 11 to 12, of which one has since turned 13. And all the players share Jewish ancestry.

    To be fair, one was a...

  • The Boychicks of Summer

    By Elli Wohlgelernter

    August 30, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    Pre-season promo video from the Israel Baseball League (IBL)

    The Israel Baseball League (IBL) started out with high hopes, an almost mystical dream that resonated deeply with Jews across the United States: a professional baseball league in Israel!

    But the result, say many, were more...

  • Maccabi Games debunk myths about Jewish athletes

    By Robert David Jaffee

    August 9, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    Woody Allen's oft-told joke about the paucity of Jewish sports heroes reinforces stereotypes going back centuries. A noteworthy example comes from sociologist Edward Ross, a Protestant, who about 100 years ago had this to say about Jews: "On the physical side, the Hebrews are the...
  • L.A. ‘boys of summer’ take to the diamond in Israel

    By Carin Davis

    July 5, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    Echad, shtaiyim, shelosh strikes and you're out at the new ball game. That's right, sports fans, America's favorite pastime is set to become Israel's favorite pastime. At least that's the hope of the new Israel Baseball League (IBL). With six teams, three stadiums and a 45-game...
  • Farmar Trades Bruin Blue for Laker Purple

    By Ali Austerlitz

    July 6, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    What could be better? Los Angeles's own Jewish Jordan -- Jordan Farmar -- is here to stay.

    The Los Angeles Lakers has drafted Farmar, who made headlines as a sophomore point guard at UCLA, in the first round and as the No. 26 overall pick. Thus, though the Bruin bear must wave his...

  • Fleeing Nazis Breaks His Father’s Spirit

    By Tom Tugend

    June 15, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    My father, rarely impetuous, married my much younger mother when he was 46, and he was 49 when I was born.

    When I was a toddler and we went occasionally together to the Berlin zoo, people came up and congratulated my father on his cute grandson. So there was this age gap, to begin...

  • My World Cup Runneth Over

    By Roberto Loiederman

    June 15, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    Soccer's World Cup, played every four years, is being contested in Germany by 32 national teams from all parts of the world. One week of competition has gone by, three weeks to go before the championship game on July 9. The world is riveted.

    But not the American sports public, which...

  • My Yiddische Mama

    May 11, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    What if famous people had Jewish mothers?

    That's the subject of a one-minute Internet film from Aish.com, the Web site of Aish Hatorah, the religious outreach organization based in Israel with branch offices around the world, including Los Angeles.

    The one minute "film" -- it's...

  • ‘Pretty’ Prime Minister?

    By Tom Tugend

    May 4, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    Ehud Olmert reportedly came up with the title for the Hollywood hit "Pretty Woman." Israel´s prime minister-elect was a Knesset lawmaker when he helped his friend, film producer Arnon Milchan, choose golden oldie "Pretty Woman" as the title song for the 1990 romantic comedy, Yediot...

  • The Circuit

    By Norma Zager

    January 19, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    Koufax Honored

    The annual Professional Baseball Scouts Association Dinner in Beverly Hills is a fundraiser for baseball scouts. It honored Koufax, Barry Bonds and Tommy Lasorda, among others, with Willie Mays, Dennis Gilbert and Jerry Reinsdorf as the featured speakers.


  • A Line Drive Down Jewish History

    By Sandee Brawarsky

    January 5, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    "Judaism's Encounter With American Sports," by Jeffrey Gurock (Indiana University Press, $29.95).

    In an oft-repeated anecdote dating back to the early 1910s, Rabbi Solomon Schechter, head of the Jewish Theological Seminary, told Louis Finkelstein, then a young rabbinical student,...

  • Jews Who Can Hit

    By Jewish Journal Staff

    December 1, 2005 | 7:00 pm

    The 2006 edition of Jewish baseball cards features "newly discovered" Jewish players and Jewish players from the 1940s women's league. The set of 55 also includes cards for the 13 Jews who played last year in the major leagues (including former Dodger Shawn Green). The current crop...

  • Nation & World Briefs

    August 11, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    Former AIPAC Officials Indicted

    The indictment of two former officials of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) suggests that the U.S. government wants to prove an extensive pattern of trading classified information.

    Paul McNulty, the U.S. attorney for eastern...

  • Get ‘Wicked’ in the Windy City

    By Shoshana Lewin-Fischer

    June 2, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    If you're not willing to wait to see the Wicked Witch of the West melt at the Pantages, you can always skip down the Yellow Brick Road, click your heels three times and say: "There's no place like Chicago."

    "Wicked," the Tony-award winning Oz-based musical is currently playing at the...

  • Letters to the Editor

    October 7, 2004 | 8:00 pm


    Words can elevate and words can destroy. There was a time when the Jewish community too glibly and carelessly disregarded words of accusation of sexual abuse against clergy. That was clearly wrong, and Gary Rosenblatt of The Jewish Week helped to correct that. The...

  • Friday Night Game Earns Green a Strike

    By Seth Swirsky

    September 30, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    In professional baseball's 135-year history, there have been, at last count, 143 Jewish ballplayers. Yet only two of them are bona fide stars:

    the great slugger, Hank Greenberg, who played from 1930-1947; and the game's greatest left-handed pitcher Sandy Koufax, 1955-1966 (along,...

  • Home Run

    By Carin Davis

    July 1, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    Shawn Green sits quietly in the Dodgers dugout waiting for pregame batting practice to begin. His unassuming nature seems at odds with his 6-foot-4 figure; his quiet presence inconsistent with his celebrity.

    But then Green seems to live in contrast. He is not observant but is proud...

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