Jewish Sports Legends

Author: Joseph Siegman
Publisher: Potomac Books, Inc.
ISBN: 9781574882841
Format: PDF, ePub, Mobi
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A fine accomplishment...exhaustive research...Jewish Sports Legends opens a wide world of sports. - Los Angeles Times While many great Jewish sports figures are household names - Koufax, Greenberg, Spitz, and Auerbach probably come first to the minds of American fans - others are not as well known. Jewish Sports Legends features profiles and photographs of the famous, and the not so famous, members of the International Jewish Sports Hall of Fame. Among other interesting facts, readers will learn that - * No fewer than twenty-nine boxing titles were held by Jews. * A Jew created baseball's World Series. * A Jewish runner won medals in four consecutive Olympics. * A rabbi's son was deemed the world's strongest man in the 1964 Olympics. * A Jewish gymnast won seven medals in a single Olympics. * A Jewish wrestler once won 400 consecutive matches. * Four Jews are among the top ten Olympic medal winners of all time. * A Jew held five National Basketball Association records when he retired, including career points.

The International Jewish Sports Hall of Fame

Author: Joseph M. Siegman
Publisher: SP Books
ISBN: 9781561710287
Format: PDF, Docs
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Here is the first full account of Jewish contributions to international sports. Rich in personal anecdotes, historical background (including explanation of the barriers excluding Jewish athletes from otherwise successful careers) and packed with 150 rare, historical, black-and-white photographs. Foreword by Mark Spitz.

Stars in the Ring Jewish Champions in the Golden Age of Boxing

Author: Mike Silver
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield
ISBN: 1630761400
Format: PDF, ePub, Mobi
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For more than sixty years—from the 1890s to the 1950s—boxing was an integral part of American popular culture and a major spectator sport rivaling baseball in popularity. More Jewish athletes have competed as boxers than all other professional sports combined; in the period from 1901 to 1939, 29 Jewish boxers were recognized as world champions and more than 160 Jewish boxers ranked among the top contenders in their respective weight divisions. Stars in the Ring,by renowned boxing historian Mike Silver, presents this vibrant social history in the first illustrated encyclopedic compendium of its kind.

Two Pioneers

Author: Robert C. Cottrell
Publisher: Potomac Books, Inc.
ISBN: 1597978434
Format: PDF, Docs
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As the first great Jewish player in the major leagues and the first African American to play major-league baseball during the twentieth century, respectively, Hank Greenberg and Jackie Robinson are forever linked because of the barriers they encountered, the discrimination they endured, the athletic gifts they exhibited, and especially the courage and dignity they displayed. Both suffered ridicule and abuse as they participated in the national pastime. Nevertheless, each excelled. Greenberg became one of the preeminent sluggers of the 1930s and 1940s who took a break from baseball to serve in the war. Robinson, from the mid-1940s into the following decade, helped bring back speed and a thinking man’s approach to the game, both of which had largely been discarded for a generation. Two Pioneers presents these remarkable players’ experiences while competing in a nation that was deeply divided on social issues such as anti-Semitism and racism. Both men earned nearly as much attention off the field as they did on it. Greenberg called into question the idea of a "master race” as Adolf Hitler rose to power and gained supporters all over the world. Likewise, Robinson contested racial notions regarding the supposed inferiority of people of African ancestry, even though segregationists proved determined to maintain social barriers separating blacks and whites. It is only fitting that when Robinson finally crossed baseball’s color line, Greenberg was one of the first players to welcome him publicly. Robert Cottrell’s well-researched work shows how two baseball superstars became important figures in the civil rights crusade to ensure that all Americans, no matter their religion or race, are given equal opportunity.

Designated Hebrew

Author: Dan Schlossberg
Publisher: Skyhorse Publishing Inc.
ISBN: 1613210558
Format: PDF, Mobi
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The definitive autobiography of one of baseball's most iconic players.

Gershon s Monster

Author: Eric A. Kimmel
Publisher: Scholastic Inc.
ISBN: 9780439108393
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When his sins threaten the lives of his beloved twin children, a Jewish man finally repents of his wicked ways.

Great Jews in Sports

Author: Robert Slater
Publisher: Jonathan David Publishers
ISBN: 9780824604530
Format: PDF, Kindle
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Filled with facts, trivia, photographs, and statistics, an updated reference furnishes concise portraits of more than 150 important Jewish athletes, including Sandy Koufax, Kerry Strug, Daniel Mendoza, Esther Roth, and many others.

Jewish Portraits Indian Frames

Author: Jael Silliman
Publisher: UPNE
ISBN: 9781584653059
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Jewish Portraits, Indian Frames offers a personal and social history of the author's foremothers -- Baghdadi Jews who lived most of their lives in the Jewish community in Calcutta. Jael Silliman begins with a portrait of Farha, her maternal great-greandmother, who dwelled almost entirely within the Baghdadi Jewish community no matter where she and her husband traveled on business (Calcutta, Rangoon, Singapore). Next is her maternal grandmother, Miriam (Mary), who was much more Anglicized than Farha and deeply influenced by British colonial practices. The third portrait, of Silliman's mother, Flower, reveals a woman in a double transition: her own and India's. Flower grew up in colonial India, witnessed India's struggle for independence, and lived her middle years in an independent India. The final sketch is of Silliman herself. Born in Calcutta in 1955 in the waning Jewish community, Silliman grew up in a cosmopolitan and Indian world, rather than a Baghdadi Jewish one. Silliman's own travels have taken her to the US, where, as a teacher and scholar, her primary identification is with the "South Asian intellectual and professional diaspora." These rich family portraits convey a sense of the singular roles women played in building and sustaining a complex diaspora in what Silliman calls "Jewish Asia" over the past 150 years. Her sketches of the everyday lives of her foremothers -- from the food they ate and the clothes they wore to the social and political relationships they forged -- bring to life a community and a culture, even as they disclose the unexpected and subtle complexities of the colonial encounter as experienced by Jewish women.

The Fifth Book of Peace

Author: Maxine Hong Kingston
Publisher: Vintage
ISBN: 0307428575
Format: PDF
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A long time ago in China, there existed three Books of Peace that proved so threatening to the reigning powers that they had them burned. Many years later Maxine Hong Kingston wrote a Fourth Book of Peace, but it too was burned--in the catastrophic Berkeley-Oakland Hills fire of 1991, a fire that coincided with the death of her father. Now in this visionary and redemptive work, Kingston completes her interrupted labor, weaving fiction and memoir into a luminous meditation on war and peace, devastation and renewal. From the Trade Paperback edition.