American Jews & America's Game: Voices of a Growing Legacy in Baseball (Hardcover)

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Larry Ruttman, Fellow of the Massachusetts Historical Society, is the author ofVoices of Brookline, a national finalist for the Award of Merit of the American Association of State and Local History. He has practiced law in Boston for more than fifty years and produces and hosts a television interview show in his hometown of Brookline, Massachusetts.

Most fans don’t know how far the Jewish presence in baseball extends beyond a few famous players such as Greenberg, Rosen, Koufax, Holtzman, Green, Ausmus, Youkilis, Braun, and Kinsler. In fact, that presence extends to the baseball commissioner Bud Selig, labor leaders Marvin Miller and Don Fehr, owners Jerry Reinsdorf and Stuart Sternberg, officials Theo Epstein and Mark Shapiro, sportswriters Murray Chass, Ross Newhan, Ira Berkow, and Roger Kahn, and even famous Jewish baseball fans like Alan Dershowitz and Barney Frank.

The life stories of these and many others, on and off the field, have been compiled from nearly fifty in-depth interviews and arranged by decade in this edifying and entertaining work of oral and cultural history. InAmerican Jews and America’s Game each person talks about growing up Jewish and dealing with Jewish identity, assimilation, intermarriage, future viability, religious observance, anti-Semitism, and Israel. Each tells about being in the midst of the colorful pantheon of players who, over the past seventy-five years or more, have made baseball what it is. Their stories tell, as no previous book has, the history of the larger-than-life role of Jews in America’s pastime.

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ISBN 9780803264755
Genre SPORTS & RECREATION / Baseball / History
Format Hardcover
Pages 510
Publisher Date 2013-04-01 00:00:00.0
Publisher Univ of Nebraska Pr
Copyright Year 2013
Height 10.5 in
Wdth 7.25 in
Thickness 2.0 in
Unit weight 3.0 lb
Language English
Subtitle Voices of a Growing Legacy in Baseball
Audience General/trade
Authors Ruttman, Larry
Country of Origin United States
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