Jews and Base­ball: Vol­ume 2, The Post-Green­berg Years, 1949 – 2008

Bur­ton A. Box­er­man and Beni­ta W. Box­er­man; Ron Kaplan, fwd.
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By – August 25, 2011
If you liked Vol­ume 1, you’ll like Vol­ume 2. This book is a seam­less con­tin­u­a­tion for seam­heads of all vari­eties, anoth­er attempt to doc­u­ment the roles that Jews have played in the sport of base­ball through its col­or­ful his­to­ry. As was the case with the first vol­ume, the Box­er­mans have mixed non-play­ers into their bio­graph­i­cal sketch­es, so that the likes of sta­tis­ti­cian Allan Roth and labor orga­niz­er Mar­vin Miller, sure­ly one of baseball’s most impor­tant fig­ures ever, get promi­nent play. Sandy Koufax is fea­tured on the cov­er, but as was true with the first book, some of the more com­pelling sto­ries are those of obscure play­ers — it’s great to be remind­ed how many play­ers labored long and hard just to get a brief taste of the big leagues. For Adam Green­berg, it was just a sin­gle at-bat in 2005 — and he got plunked on the head with fast­ball. Bib­li­og­ra­phy, foot­notes, index. 

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David Cohen is a senior edi­tor at Politi­co. He has been in the jour­nal­ism busi­ness since 1985 and wrote the book Rugged and Endur­ing: The Eagles, The Browns and 5 Years of Foot­ball. He resides in Rockville, MD.; his wife, Deb­o­rah Bod­in Cohen, writes Jew­ish children’s books.

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