sport and art
Livingston, NJ, synagogue hosts “Night of Jewish Baseball”
A few months ago Bob Costas and Jerry Seinfeld sat down to deconstruct the famous Abbot and Costello routine, Who”s on First. Jimmy Fallon recently took it a step further in this bit featuring Seinfeld, Billy Crystal, and a couple of other guys regular viewers of the show probably recognize. Of course this one, by [...]
Artist Ron Lewis whose previous creations has celebrated living members of baseball’s 500 home run club, 3,000 hit club, and its 3,000-strikeout pitchers, among other sports icons, has completed a new lithograph presenting 26 living Jewish baseball players. (Of course, this little image doesn’t do the piece justice.) The artwork is available for purchase in [...]
The painter of historical baseball people and events was the subject of this featurette on the YES Network. And here’s an additional video from about a year ago.
Meet Ron Kaplan (not me).
Former NFLer Bob Stein finds a new fight on the legal gridiron.
One of the legendary illustrators turns 80 on Wednesday. Roth is instantly recognizable to anyone who’s ever passed a newsstand. His work has appeared in dozens of magazine over the years, from The New Yorker to Playboy to Scientific America, to name but a few. Most recently, his Oscar-themed picture graced the cover of The [...]
I asked some Jewish sports personalities what was on their wish list this year: “A definitive spelling of Hanukka…Hanukkah…Chanukah…Argh!” — Jonah Keri, author of Baseball Between the Numbers: Why Everything You Know About the Game Is Wrong “More hours in the day.” — Cleveland Browns guard Lennie Friedman (Which was a repeated theme) “More time [...]
Last year, photographer Neil Leifer published Ballet in the Dirt: The Golden Age of Baseball (Taschen), a gorgeous limited-edition coffee table book with a list price of $400. Some copies, in fact, went for as much as $700, but a much more democratic, paperback edition was released a few months ago for a more reasonable [...]
Earlier this year I did a story on artist Dov Abramson and his rendering of the Kabala’s “Field of Life” in a baseball idiom. He equated the 10 “sefirot” with positions on a balfield (plus one for the first base umpire). This is the “original” design: Compare that with this essay by Reb Reuven Goldfarb. [...]