Some recent news about Jewish authors and their baseball output.
Lawrence Ruttman publishes American Jews and America’s Game:Voices of a Growing Legacy in Baseball, from University of Nebraska Press, this spring. UNP is the same outfit that’s releasing my (shameless plug) 501 Baseball Books Fans Must Read before They Die.
I met Ruttman, a New England attorney, at last year’s Judaism & Baseball weekend program at the Isabelle Freedman Retreat Center. He’s a marvelous storyteller and I’m looking forward to reading his work.
Also that retreat was Rabbi Rebecca Alpert, author of Out of Left Field: Jews and Black Baseball, published in 2011 by Oxford University Press. She recently discussed her book at the Germantown Jewish Center.
Another Jewish-oriented book about to hit the stores and to which I’m greatly looking forward: John Rosengren’s new bio, Hank Greenberg: The Hero of Heroes (NAL, March).
Finally, as part of my (shameless self-promotion) 501 Baseball Book website, I have posted audio interviews with Marty Appel (Now Pitching for the Yankees and Pinstripe Empire) and Jonathan Mayo (Facing Clemens). They appear on the Author Q&A page, which you can access here.
Alpert’s Out of Left Field is also included in 501, and I hope to be speaking with her at some point soon.