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Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Is it good for the Jews?

Forgive me. I have no idea how else to tie these two ideas together, other than that title.

First, last night's MLB All-Star Game featured two Jewish players--outfield Ryan Braun of Milwaukee and infielder Ian Kinsler of Texas. I have not looked this up, but it seems likely this is the first time this has happened. I stand corrected; as shown below, this has happened before--and then some. Still pretty neat, though.

Second, I have been wanting to post this video, titled "I Will Survive: Dancing Auschwitz," since I saw it a couple days ago. I still have not quite decided what to make of it. A family (a Holocaust survivor, his daughter, and three grandchildren) are on a tour of Europe. They record themselves dancing to Gloria Gaynor's "I Will Survive" at a number of death camps and Holocaust memorials. An artistic statement on the triumph of the human spirit over evil? Cheesy? A little bit of both?

Posted by Howard Wasserman on July 14, 2010 at 03:55 PM in Howard Wasserman | Permalink

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There's a great baseball card set of Jewish major leaguers (with some interesting factoids). More info here: http://www.jewishmajorleaguers.org/.

Posted by: Scott Dodson | Jul 15, 2010 8:31:31 AM

As a lifelong Phillies fan -- a tragic fate until the last three years -- I must report that I don't think we can count Mike Lieberthal as part of the Tribe. His father is Jewish but when asked about the subject, Lieberthal has made a point to say that he does not consider himself Jewish. Fine, Mike, we don't want you anyway.

Posted by: Ben Cooper | Jul 14, 2010 10:02:05 PM

I'm pretty sure that during the Ausmus/Green year there were actually three -- Mike Lieberthal was there too.

Posted by: Gil | Jul 14, 2010 7:12:21 PM

I thought this would be very cheesy but its actually funnier than I expected. Good thing it wasn't Lady Gaga...

Posted by: Ben Buchwalter | Jul 14, 2010 5:33:14 PM

Thanks for the correction.

Posted by: Howard Wasserman | Jul 14, 2010 4:08:22 PM

Not correct and not even close. The record is 3 Jewish All-Stars and it was 2008 in which both Braun and Kinsler made the team plus BoSox first baseman Kevin Youkilis.

In terms of two all Stars, let's not forget 1938-40 (Harry Danning - NY Giants and Hank Greenberg - Detroit Tigers) or 1999 (Shawn Green - LA Dodgers and Brad Ausmus - Detroit Tigers).

Posted by: D. Daniel Sokol | Jul 14, 2010 4:06:38 PM

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