THE MUSEUM’S MISSION:
The Jewish Baseball Museum proudly showcases the rich relationship between Jews and baseball and the impact each has had on the other. It celebrates the game’s many influencers, from heroes to journeymen. Through baseball, the Jewish Baseball Museum will tell the story of the integration of Jews into the fabric of American life.
“THERE ARE THREE THINGS ANY SELF-RESPECTING JEWISH BOY SHOULD WANT TO BE WHEN HE GROWS UP — A DOCTOR, LAWYER OR SANDY KOUFAX.”
– Author Alan Siegel
Baseball is the American game,
but there is something deeply Jewish about it too.
Baseball is the game in which everyone leaves home and yearns to return.
Baseball tells the story of heroes. It connects us to the past. It makes us feel a part of a community, part of something bigger than ourselves. It’s a game full of stories and ritual and songs. In baseball, we gather in a tribe to pass along a collective sense of identity—where we come from and who we are.
Baseball is not a religion. It’s only a game. But it’s a game bound up in our lives like no other.
Once, when Jews were new to this country, baseball helped them feel more American. Today, it’s the opposite.
Baseball and its memories—Koufax and Greenberg and fathers playing catch with sons—make Jewish Americans feel more Jewish. Baseball calls us home.
Bestselling Author of
“Luckiest Man: The Life and Death of Lou Gehrig”