JEWISH BASEBALL STORIES

You don't have to be big leaguer, owner or general manager to have a memorable experience in baseball. Readers share their stories of how they were touched by the game.

Baseball Stories

My father the ballplayer

My father was Phil Weintraub Sr., who played 500 games over eight seasons (1938-44) in the major leagues (Giants, Reds and Phillies).

By the way, he finished with a lifetime .295 batting average, which in today’s world would give him about a $10 million paycheck!

My best memory was when my mother came home one day in Chicago and told my grandmother she had met a nice Jewish boy that day. My grandmother promptly asked my mom what this nice Jewish boy did for a living. So she told her that he played baseball.

My grandmother promptly replied, “No dear, that’s a game, what does he do for work?”

Mom replied again, “He plays baseball!”

Grandma replied, “Jews don’t play baseball, they are usually doctors, lawyers … or, they own the team.”

True story. They were happily married for 50 years!

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