People of the (baseball) book: Jewish-themed titles/authors

January 16, 2013

With Martin Abramowitz, left, and Lawrence Ruttman at the "Judaism & Baseball" retreat.

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.


With Rabbi Rebcca Alpert at the Retreat.

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.


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