While baseball’s spring training for 2013 unfolds in Florida and Arizona, the American Jewish Historical Society will host “A Night of Jewish Baseball” on Wednesday, Feb. 27, at its Manhattan headquarters from 6-9 p.m. I’ll definitely be at this one, so if you see me, don’t be a stranger.
Sportscaster Len Berman will moderate a panel featuring Ira Berkow and Jane Leavy, authors, respectively, of Hank Greenberg: The Story of My Life and Sandy Koufax: A Lefty’s Legacy (P.S.); Franklin Foer, editor of The New Republic and coeditor of the recently published Jewish Jocks: An Unorthodox Hall of Fame; author John Thorn, the official historian of Major League Baseball; and former Major Leaguers Ron “The Designated Hebrew” Blomberg (Designated Hebrew: The Ron Blomberg Story) and Art Shamsky (The Magnificent Seasons: How the Jets, Mets, and Knicks Made Sports History and Uplifted a City and the Country), both of whom played for New York franchise and managed in the short-lived Israel Baseball League.
There will also be a silent auction for such items as a private behind-the-scenes tour of the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown; second row dugout tickets to a Yankees-Mets game with Legends dining; tickets to a Mets-Brewers game (featuring Jewish players Ike Davis and Ryan Braun); and lunch with Shamsky and author Marty Appel (Pinstripe Empire: The New York Yankees from Before the Babe to After the Boss) who is helping to coordinate the evening’s program.
All the panelists will have signed books available for sale at the event, where a lithograph by artist Ron Lewis, featuring more than two dozen Jewish baseball players assembled together, will be unveiled. Signed copies of the lithograph, which includes Koufax, Al Rosen, and the newest Yankee, Kevin Youkilis, will also be available for purchase.
Prior to the discussion — which begins at 7:30 — guests can enjoy kosher stadium-style refreshments and view displays of Jewish baseball memorabilia including autographed game-worn uniform jerseys of Greenberg, Koufax, and the recent Team Israel from the World Baseball Classic. Shlomo Lipetz and Nate Fish, two members of the team which lost the championship game of the WBC qualifier last September, will be on hand to talk about their experiences.
Tickets are $50 for “reserved seat level” and $150 for “box seat level,” which includes a gold-trimmed set of 142 Jewish baseball cards for the first 100 guests.
For more information or to order tickets, contact Deborah Grossman at 212-294-6166 or firstname.lastname@example.org.