August 15, 2012
Interview: Author Peter Ephross “Jewish Major Leaguers in Their Own Words”
Its summer time and the baseballs are flying. Another solid season for Jewish MLBers. We caught up with a man who knows Jewish MLBers just as well as anyone. Peter Ephross is a nice guy who knows writing and baseball. Here is what he has to say:
1) Tell TGR a little bit about yourself?
2) What inspired you to write “Jewish Major Leaguers in Their Own Words?”
When Martin Abramowitz, the founder of Jewish Major Leaguers, asked me to take on the project and edit the collection, I was thrilled. As a lifelong follower of Jews in sports, it was a dream come true.
3) Whose story was the most compelling?
Elliott Maddox’s. His explanation of how he, an African-American player, converted to Judaism makes for fascinating reading.
4) What was the most shocking story?
Learning that Saul Rogovin, who played in the 1940s and 1950s, competed with narcolepsy, which wasn’t diagnosed until after he retired from baseball.
5) What’s next for you and the book?
6) Who is your current favorite Jewish ball player and why?
7) How do you think Israel will fair in the WBC?
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