By Howard Megdal

From the icons of the sport to the avid gamers who bought their enormous holiday yet by no means particularly broke via, The Baseball Talmud presents an excellent ancient narration of significant League Jewish Baseball in the US. all of the stats, the proof, the tales, and the (often unheralded) glory. The Baseball Talmud finds that there's way more to Jewish baseball than Hank Greenberg's robust slugging and Sandy Koufax's masterful keep an eye on. From Ausmus to Zinn, Berg to Kinsler, Holtzman to Yeager, and so on, Megdal attracts upon the lore and the little-known information that elevate our delight in the sport, together with: Which Jewish participant spent a section of his retirement as a secret agent Who bought $50,000 and a automobile to give up tuition and sign up for the main Leagues what percentage avid gamers sat out of video games scheduled on Yom Kippur Which recognized participant selected baseball over changing into a rabbi yet this is often greater than simply tales. Megdal, a stat geek himself, makes use of the wealth of recent sabermetrics to figure out the best Jewish gamers at every one place, the all time Jewish All-Star staff, and the way they'd expense opposed to the best groups in baseball background, from the 1906 Chicago Cubs to the 1998 big apple Yankees. The Baseball Talmud rewrites the heritage of Jewish baseball and is a e-book that each baseball fan may still personal.

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208, still good for second on the team among Jews. He went on to play several more years in the Pacific Coast League (PCL), then both independent of major league baseball and considered the top minor league. 219 for the then–minor league San Diego Padres, he pinch-hit for teammate Ted Williams (one can assume it is no coincidence that the manager’s name has been forgotten by history). A broken leg ended his career at 28. In 1944 he was part of a group that purchased the Padres, with Starr taking over day-to-day operations.

449 in the postseason (remember, in October players face better pitching, making that jump even more impressive). 579. His 1981 October Classic performance earned him a share of the World Series Most Valuable Player award. Not bad for a defense-first catcher. The argument for Yeager as GJB is closer than it would appear—basically, if you value defensive catchers and World Series MVPs very, very highly, he is your man. 244) is too great. However, Yeager continues to hold two records: most career home runs by any Jewish catcher or player who posed for Playgirl (102) and most consecutive Major League films acted in by a former World Series MVP (3, if Major League III: Back to the Minors starring Scott Bakula can be considered a film.

Consider that his career is missing five peak years but contains all of his decline, and his rate stats are even more impressive. 326 hitter. 306. Leaving aside his injury year of 1936, when he missed all but 12 games due to a broken wrist, and just providing Greenberg with credit for his four and a half years in World War II, he would have quickly climbed the ladder of the home run leaders. He hit 41 home runs in 1940, his last full season before the war. Assuming a downturn as he reached and passed 30—let’s say an average of 35 home runs per season—he’d still have put up roughly another 160 to 170 home runs, which puts him right in the 490 to 500 career range.

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