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  • Miracle Victory Kicks off Pro Baseball in Israel

    In an atmosphere that was both ceremonial and heimesh, pro baseball made its debut in Israel. The visiting Modi’in Miracle defeated the Petach Tikvah Pioneers, 9-1, in the opening game Sunday night of the Israel Baseball League’s inaugural season. An unexpectedly large and mostly English-speaking crowd of 3,112 more than filled the temporary bleachers and… More ▸

  • Players at Israeli Tournament Learn More Than Just Basketball

    As the pony-tailed Polish point guard tried to dribble past a towering Chinese defender, rooters in a cacophony of languages cheered from the bleachers. Russian, Greek, Arabic, Hebrew, Serbo-Croatian — they all could be heard as Poland and China battled in the women’s championship game of the second annual Friendship Games. Poland would go on… More ▸

  • As Israel Baseball League Drafts Its Players, Charities Draft League

    The inaugural player draft for the Israel Baseball League started with a 22-year-old Jewish prospect and ended with a 71-year-old Jewish Hall of Famer. With the first selection in the six-team draft on April 26, the Modi in Miracles chose Aaron Levin, a power-hitting outfielder from Contra Costa Community College in California. The Miracles had… More ▸

  • News Brief

    Jewish baseball player Shawn Green reportedly pledged to make a donation to a Jewish group based on his statistics. The Forward reported that Green, an outfielder who was traded to the New York Mets last season, said he would donate $180 — or 10 times chai — to the UJA-Federation of New York for every… More ▸

  • News Brief

    A basketball coach who made what some saw as anti-gay and anti-Semitic remarks will not have his contract renewed. The Continental Basketball Association’s Albany Patroons parted ways Wednesday with Micheal Ray Richardson, a former NBA player. Richardson was suspended March 28 for the team’s last two playoff games, a day after he told the Albany… More ▸

  • Lou Limmer, Who Played a Role in Jewish Baseball History, Dies

    Lou Limmer, part of a little-known bit of Jewish baseball trivia, passed away April 1 at age 82 in Boca Raton, Fla. The Philadelphia A’s first-baseman appeared in a total of 209 games in 1951 and 1954, batting .202 with 19 homers, 62 RBIs and three stolen bases. Notwithstanding those modest numbers, fans with a… More ▸

  • News Brief

    A CBA coach was suspended for making anti-Semitic remarks and a gay slur. Albany Patroons coach Micheal Ray Richardson, a former NBA player, was suspended Wednesday by the team after telling the Albany Times Union that he had ”big-time Jew lawyers” working for him. In referring to Jews, Richardson told the newspaper in an interview… More ▸

  • 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 ▸