Last week I posted this entry on my baseball Bookshelf blog on Tom Shieber’s frame-by-frame analysis to say “yea” or “nay” (sort of) to the urban legend that Gary Cooper’s baseball action while portraying Lou Gehrig was inverted since the actor was a natural righty (I wonder: there’s a scene where Gehrig is signing a [...]
An occasional round-up of items I forgot to mention: Now that the minor league seasons are basically over, the Gimbels to my Macys (kids, ask your parents) posted this list of the best Jewish players in the bushes, including Adam Stern, who spent some time with the Red Sox, Orioles, and had a six-game stint [...]
Sorry, I can never keep that name straight. The natural tendency is to dyslex it into “only.” ESPN baseball writer/broadcaster Buster Olney was the guest on the latest Wait Wait Don’t Tell Me‘s “Not My Job” segment. I felt kind of badly for him. There was zero response to Peter Sagal’s introduction. I mean “crickets.” [...]
Tiger Woods and the Hanukka connection
The ADL might have forgiven Ronan Tynan. The Yankees? Not so much.
The shoes don’t count.
Sarah Shulman already has the “Iron” part down; next comes the hard part: rabbinical school.
Taking a few days off to head down to our nation’s capital where I’ll be conventioning at the annual Society for American Baseball Research get-together.
Passing along this interesting email I received today. In light of recent developments, it’s especially timely. You may recall that “God Bless America” was written by Jewish composer Irving Berlin. Greetings. I am a doctoral candidate at Harvard University, currently working on a dissertation on the history of the song “God Bless America” and its [...]
This time, it’s Bernie Eccelstone, the 78-year-old chief executive of Formula One Management: In a lot of ways, terrible to say this I suppose, but apart from the fact that Hitler got taken away and persuaded to do things that I have no idea whether he wanted to do or not, he was in the [...]