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Jews and Baseball: An American Love Story

July 9th, 2010 | 2 comments »

Sometimes writing about sports gets me a sneak peek at really interesting things.  Yesterday, I got to preview the debut episode of the Tebros, which will air on OPENSports next week.  I also got an email about an upcoming film that I’m now very excited about seeing: Jews and Baseball: An American Love Story

I’ve written in the past about the decline in African American players in baseball.  I had no idea the tiny percentage of players who have been Jewish, however.  Did you know that out of roughly 16,700 players, only 160 have been Jewish?  Out of those 160 have been some of the greatest names to play the game: Sandy Koufax, Bob Feller and Yogi Berra, just to name a few.  It’s not just Jewish players who have had a tremendous impact on the game either.  Baseball would be a whole different ballgame if it weren’t for Jewish executives like Marvin Miller (former MLBPA head) and Bud Selig (current Commissioner).

I’ve included the trailer here if you’re interested:

The theatrical release is in November, but you can catch an earlier screening at the following film festivals across the country:

Breckenridge Film Festival – Jun. 12
  (*Best-Editing Award)
Tribeca Cinema, New York – Jun. 17
Canadian Friends of the Israel Museum, Toronto – Jun. 21
Jerusalem Film Festival – Jul. 15 & 16
Stony Brook Film Festival, Stonybrook, NY – Jul. 25
San Francisco Jewish Film Festival, San Francisco, Catro Cinema – Jul. 25
Berkshires Jewish Film Festival - Jul. 26
San Francisco Jewish Film Festival, Palo Alto, Cinearts – Jul. 31
San Francisco Jewish Film Festival, Berkeley, Roda Theatre – Aug. 1
San Francisco Jewish Film Festival, San Rafael,
   Christopher B. Smith Rafael Film Center – Aug. 8
Iowa Jewish Historical Society, Des Moines, Iowa – Aug. 8
Rhode Island International Film Festival, Providence – Aug. 10-15
Yogi Berra Museum and Learning Center, Montclair, New Jersey – Aug. 19
Greater Phoenix Jewish Film Festival
Boston Film Festival, Sept. 17-23
Museum of Jewish Heritage, New York – Sept. 26
The Suffolk Y Jewish Community Center, Commack, New York – Oct. 4
The JCC in Manhattan, New York – Oct. 5
Boston Jewish Film Festival, Nov 3-15
Quad Cinema, Manhattan – Nov. 5
Winnipeg – Nov. 8
Wilshire Temple, Los Angeles – Nov. 13
Tucson Jewish Film Festival – Nov. 21

You can also see the Jews and Baseball website for more information.

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