December 1, 2005
Jews Who Can Hit
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 is believed to be the most Jewish players at one time in history. Historically, the best-known Jewish baseballers include Dodger pitching great Sandy Koufax and Detroit Tigers slugger Hank Greenberg. A lesser-known notable is journeyman catcher Moe Berg, who had the misfortune to share a first name with the leader of the Three Stooges. Berg, an expert linguist and scholar, was anything but a stooge and began a risk-taking career as a U.S. spy, even while still a ballplayer.
The set costs $36 and is available at ajhs.org or by calling (866) 740-8013.