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  • Is the next big (Jewish) baseball star here in Los Angeles?

    By Jared Sichel

    September 3, 2014 | 2:19 pm

    As the baseball flared into short center field in the bottom of the 2nd inning at Dodger Stadium last night, most of the crowd stood up and gave the batter, Joc Pederson, now standing on 1st base, an excited, prolonged ovation. 

    Sitting a few rows behind home plate, my friends...

  • Hank Greenberg in extra innings

    May 9, 2013 | 11:13 am

    "I think Hank Greenberg was the great American hero," Washington filmmaker Aviva Kempner says. "What he did on Yom Kippur. What he faced. He was our Jackie Robinson."

    Thirteen years after the debut of "The Life and Times of Hank Greenberg," her documentary about the baseball...

  • Hank Greenberg's Jewishness

    By Jonathan Kirsch

    May 8, 2013 | 10:03 am

    The big question in Detroit in the fall of 1934 had nothing to do with the troubled state of the world. Rather, the fans of the Detroit Tigers wanted to know whether their star first baseman, Hank Greenberg, was going to play on the Jewish High Holy Days. After all, the Tigers were...

  • All-star Jewish baseball team

    October 3, 2012 | 4:47 pm

    During Yom Kippur, many Jews fret over whether Jewish Major Leaguers will play on the holiest of holidays. This has become a growing problem, because the number of Jews playing Major League Baseball (MLB) has been increasing. 

    This season, for example, 13 Jews — Brewer Ryan...

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  • Jewish Major Leaguers and why we care about them

    March 22, 2012 | 3:33 pm

    Nearly all fans of baseball history have heard of Hank Greenberg. Most have heard of Al Rosen. But fewer have heard of Cal Abrams, and hardly any, it’s safe to say, have heard of Lou Limmer. All four are members of a compelling team—the 165 American Jews who played Major League...

  • 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...

  • Are these the top Jewish athletes of all time?

    By The Web Guy

    October 10, 2008 | 3:17 am

    InGameNow.com is a sports blog that tracks scores in real time -- games as they are played.

    Today, in honor of Yom Kippur, they published their list of the top Jewish 37 athletes -- seven winners and 30 nominees, as well as this photo of Olympic medalist Dara Torres (photo, left)....
  • 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,...

  • Remembering Greenberg

    By Richard Sandomir

    May 18, 2000 | 8:00 pm

    In late September 1934, Hank Greenberg, the great Detroit Tigers slugger, chose not to play a crucial game against the Yankees so that he could observe Yom Kippur. A hero to Detroit's Jewish community in only his second season, Greenberg's appearance at Shaarey Zedek synagogue moved...

  • Where the Heart Is

    May 18, 2000 | 8:00 pm

    In late September 1934, Hank Greenberg, the great Detroit Tigers slugger, chose not to play a crucial game against the Yankees so that he could observe Yom Kippur. A hero to Detroit's Jewish community in only his second season, Greenberg's appearance at Shaarey Zedek synagogue moved...

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