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  • Israel Tackles Fall Startup for New Football League

    Hitting won’t just be for the baseball players coming to Israel this summer. On the heels of announcing the launch of a professional league in America’s national pastime, Israel will start a football association this fall. The gridders in the Israel Football League won’t be pros, but they will be playing American-style tackle replete with… More ▸

  • The Boys of Summer and Seder: Baseball, Passover Share Openers

    This certainly won’t be the first time that opening day of baseball season coincides with the first Passover seder, but the confluence seems particularly appropriate this year. Why is this spring training different from all other spring trainings? It turns out that this winter saw the greatest exodus of Jewish Major Leaguers, or JMLs, in… More ▸

  • Sports Diamond in the Rough: Israel

    Modi’in may not be the Mudville of Casey fame, but its Miracles will enter baseball lore when their pitcher unleashes his first fastball against the Petach Tikva Pioneers on June 24. The central Israeli town is hosting the opener of the new Israel Baseball League, which will feature six teams playing a 45-game schedule this… More ▸

  • News Brief

    Jewish baseball star Hank Greenberg is among four former sluggers who will be depicted on a series of U.S. stamps. The 39-cent stamps of Greenberg, Roy Campanella, Mel Ott and Mickey Mantle will be unveiled July 15 at Yankee Stadium. Greenberg, who is in baseball’s Hall of Fame, was the first modern Jewish baseball hero… More ▸

  • News Brief

    Three Jewish basketball players were selected in the NBA draft. The Los Angeles Lakers took UCLA’s Jordan Farmar in the first round, while Israelis Lior Eliyahu and Yotam Halperin were taken in the second round by the Orlando Magic and the Seattle Supersonics, respectively. More ▸

  • News Brief

    A group of American baseball fans will visit Israel for an Israeli baseball festival. The Israel Fantasy Baseball tour, organized by the Jewish National Fund and the Israel Baseball League, will head to Israel on July 2 for a weeklong tour of the Jewish state with a special focus on the American national pastime. The… More ▸