Another attempt to clear out my mail box full of stories and links:
* Sports Illustrated published this dramatic excerpt from John Rosengren’s Hank Greenberg: The Hero of Heroes in the July 8 issue.
* Burton Boxerman, co-author with his wife, Bonita, of the two-volume Jews and Baseball series published by McFarland a few years back, published this review of Larry Ruttman’s American Jews & America’s Game: Voices of a Growing Legacy in Baseball in a recent edition of the St. Louis Jewish Light.
* Rabbi Jeremy Fine writes about the difficulties finding kosher food at Dodger Stadium, despite Los Angeles’ large Jewish community. The issue is further complicated by just exactly what constitutes kashrut and who decides.
* Israeli tennis star Shahar Peer won her opening match against Xenia Knoll of Switzerland 6-2, 6-2 at the Budapest Open yesterday.
* As baseball heads to the unofficial midway point with the All-Star Game, get ready for more and more football stories, like this one on the Jets’ Antonio Garay and this one on Gabe Carimi, now a member of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
* NHL free agent Eric Nystrom, who will serve as a coach for the USA hockey team at the Maccabiah games, signed a four-year contract with the Nashville Predators.
* Finally, this hasidic “chorus” belted out the National Anthem when the Brooklyn Cyclones held their Jewish Heritage game recently, but not without a few little problems.