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ISBN-13: 978-0982285343 ISBN-10: 0982285345

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 194 pages
  • Publisher: Havenhurst Books (June 21, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0982285345
  • ISBN-13: 978-0982285343
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,210,197 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Dave Cohen has been the familiar radio voice of Georgia State University Athletics for over 30 seasons, covering Panther basketball, football and baseball on Atlanta radio. Prior to adding Georgia State football to his schedule in 2010, Cohen spent 12 seasons working with the Furman University football network broadcasts in Greenville, S.C. He is employed with the Georgia State Alumni Association and Georgia State Athletics.

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This is well written and enjoyable.
S. Malamud
A list of all known Jewish Major League Baseball players This is a must have for you or the baseball fan in your life!
laconfidential
Any baseball fan will find this book well worth a read--and it would make a great gift.
C. FREEMAN

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By laconfidential on July 19, 2010
Format: Paperback
This book is a must read for every baseball lover/baseball history buff out there - and especially those who are curious about how Jewish players contributed to the sport.

Cohen goes right to the source . . .

He interviews 17 Jewish former Major League players and reveals (in their own words) the triumphs, frustrations - and everything in between.

Cohen sits down with: Ken Holtzman, Cy Young winner Steve Stone, Norm Sherry, Steve Hertz, Norm Miller, Barry Latman, Morris Savransky, Don Taussig, Mike Epstein, Elliott Maddox, Jim Gaudet, Joe Ginsberg, Richie Scheinblum, Ross Baumgarten, Al Rosen, Ron Blomberg, and Larry Yellen.

Every interview is fascinating - with mentions of all the "greats" who were their contemporaries. It's like traveling back in time and standing on the field with them - imagine!

Foreword "Remembering My Father" is a wonderful tribute to Hank Greenberg by his son, Steve Greenberg, who was also a deputy commissioner of MLB.

Preface by Rabbi Steven Lebow does an excellent job of putting Jewish MLB players contributions into context of the sport - and American immigration.

Bonus features:

A rare, never-before published handwritten letter from Ty Cobb to Barry Latman. What did it say? Read the book!

A list of all known Jewish Major League Baseball players

This is a must have for you or the baseball fan in your life!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By C. FREEMAN on July 20, 2010
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Sportscaster Dave Cohen has talked to a dozen and a half Jewish former major leaguers in his fascinating MATZOH BALLS AND BASEBALLS. This is primary history--these guys played with the greats (Robinson, Cobb, Mantle, Jackson, Aaron), and they tell the stories of their lives and careers candidly and with some good humor.

Any baseball fan will find this book well worth a read--and it would make a great gift.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A. Purnell on February 1, 2012
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In this book, Dave Cohen interviews several former players, who happen to be Jewish, about their experiences in the major leagues. Many left homes, often located in large, populated cities, to launch their careers playing minor league ball in a segregated South. Their recollection of these times (as a "fish out of water") makes for a very interesting read. I appreciate that the author stuck to task by asking how fellow players reacted, if at all, to the fact that they were Jewish. The answers to this question, and others, tell a lot about the America of those times. For example, many of the men, having played during the Vietnam and World War II eras, served in the military too. Mr. Cohen asks the questions anybody with an interest in the Jewish American experience would want to have asked. But this book is so much more. Since some of the players had very short careers you will read about the hopes they had of "making it" and sympathize with them as they explain how their dream was interrupted by injury or (in one case) a poor relationship with the front office. I highly recommend this book.
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