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Monday, May 23, 2011

Podcast: Hank Greenberg: The Hero Who Didn’t Want to Be One

Hank Greenberg was one of baseball’s top players of his era.

But what is even more extraordinary than his grace and his power is that in Detroit of 1934, his swing—or its absence—became entwined with American Jewish history. Though Hank Greenberg was one of the first players to challenge Babe Ruth’s single-season record of sixty home runs, it was the game Greenberg did not play for which he is best remembered. With his decision to sit out a 1934 game between his Tigers and the New York Yankees because it fell on Yom Kippur, Hank Greenberg became a hero to Jews throughout America.

Yet, as Mark Kurlansky writes in Hank Greenburg: The Hero Who Didn’t Want to Be One, he was the quintessential secular Jew, and to celebrate him for his loyalty to religious observance is to ignore who this man was.

In this conversation, Kurlansky explores with us the truth behind the slugger’s legend: his Bronx boyhood, his spectacular discipline as an aspiring ballplayer, the complexity of his decision not to play on Yom Kippur, and the cultural context of virulent anti-Semitism in which his career played out.

What Kurlansky discovers in his story is a man of immense dignity and restraint with a passion for sport who became a great reader—a man, too, who was an inspiration to the young Jackie Robinson, who said, “Class tells. It sticks out all over Mr. Greenberg.”

Mark Kurlansky is most recently the author of The Eastern Stars: How Baseball Changed the Dominican Town of San Pedro de MacorĂ­s. Kurlansky has written, edited, or contributed to twenty books, which have been translated into twenty-five languages and won numerous prizes. His previous books Cod, Salt, 1968, and The Food of a Younger Land were all New York Times best-sellers.


Podcast: Can a Ballclub’s Record Justify Its Beer Prices?

In an ideal world, beer prices at the ballpark would be based solely on the quality of the team. Only the very best ball clubs would jack up the prices, while the mediocre teams would offer bargains … and the Washington Nationals would give beer away for free. Regrettably, we don’t live in an ideal world.

According to data collected by Team Marketing Report, beer prices vary dramatically among big-league teams.

We speak with John Greenberg of the Team Marketing Report about the realtionship between baseball and beer and the business of brews and ball.


Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Film Shows Babe Ruth, at Leisure and Up Close (NY Times)

From The New York Times:

Published: March 22, 2011

Recently discovered film believed to be from 1927 is the latest in a string of unearthed treasures from the Babe Ruth era.

Sunday, January 23, 2011

S.F. Giants Return for Fans They Left Behind (NY Times)

From The New York Times:

Published: January 22, 2011

Warren Bellefond, a 72-year-old retired postal worker from Washington Heights, held up a clear plastic cube with a dirty, brown, smudged baseball in it, and described to Willie Mays how Mays hit the ball to him during batting practice on Sept.29,1957, the last game the Giants ever played at the old Polo Grounds.

The Giants, Bellefond’s favorite team, were about to leave New York and a small legion of fans who never severed their loyalty the way bitter Brooklynites did with the Dodgers, although they, too, felt rejected.

Also see:
Mays, at Home in Harlem, Connects With Its Children

Polo Grounds, and Its Former Tenants, Emerge From the Shadows

Monday, October 11, 2010

Baseball as seen from Minnesota

The Twins may be out but the fresh air from Minnesota can still be felt. Read these takes from the New York Times on baseball the way it should be.

Lovely in Twin Cities, With Usual Fall:

Keillor, Twins Fan, Knows Not To Fret

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Birmingham Ballpark Lives to See 100 (NY Times)

From The New York Times:

Published: August 16, 2010

The social and cultural history of Rickwood Field, which will be 100 years old on Wednesday, is as significant as the baseball played there. Fans have been passing through the entrance turnstiles at Rickwood Field in Birmingham, Ala., since opening day on Aug. 18, 1910

Also look for the accompanying slide show.