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JBC Bookshelf: Baseball Edition

Monday, March 21, 2011 | Permalink

Posted by Naomi Firestone-Teeter

Batter up! With spring training underway and baseball season fast approaching, we have a few “Jews and Baseball” titles to throw your way:

Out of Left Field: Jews and Black Baseball, Rebecca T. Alpert (July 2011, Oxford University Press)
A look at the many-faceted relationship between Jews and black baseball in Jim Crown America

Pitching in the Promised Land: A Story of the First and Only Season in the Israel Baseball League, Aaron Pribble (April 2011, University of Nebraska Press)
Israel’s only season of professional baseball boasted an unforgettable cast of characters: a DJ/street artist third baseman from teh Brox, a wildman catcher from Australia, the journeymen Dominicans who were much older than they claimed to be, and even Sandy Koufax

Hank Greenberg: The Hero Who Didn’t Want to Be One , Mark Kurlansky (March 2011, Yale University Press)
Kurlansky explores the truth behind the slugger’s legend: his Bronx boyhood, his spectacular discipline as an aspiring ballplayer, the complexity of his decision not to play on Yom Kippur, and the cultural context of virulent anti-Semitism in which his career played out

Hammerin’ Hank Greenberg, Shelley Sommer (March 2011, Boyds Mill Press)
Young adults, 10 and up, will be able to enjoy this biography of Hank Greenberg, which includes archival photos

Lipman Pike: America’s First Home Run King, Richard Michelson; Zachary Pullen, illus. (February 2011, Sleeping Bear Press)
Award-winning author Richard Michelson chronicles the meteoric rise of one of baseball’s earliest (and unsung) champions