Baseball and Brotherhood

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Monday, July 13, 2009

Don Eberly, a former USAID official, gives us an insider's account of the post-war occupation of Iraq. Lee Lowenfish tells about the life of Branch Rickey, the man who revolutionized baseball by bringing it to the forefront of the Civil Rights movement. Then we look at the history of Jewish players in the Major League Baseball. Plus, Leonard’s brother, Phillip Lopate, on the influence of Susan Sontag and his essay about brotherhood.

Liberate and Leave

Don Eberly, who was a senior official at USAID during the lead-up to the Iraq invasion and then served on a post-war civil administration team for two years, gives an insider’s account of what happened in Iraq following the invasion. His book is Liberate and Leave: Fatal ...

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Branch Rickey

Branch Rickey was not much of a player or manager, but he ended up revolutionizing baseball: He created the farm system, allowing small-market clubs to compete with the rich and powerful, then, he signed Jackie Robinson and other black players to the Brooklyn Dodgers, bringing baseball to the forefront of ...


The Baseball Talmud

Howard Megdal gives a historical narration of Major League Jewish Baseball in America, with all the stats, facts, stories, and glory. He also uses modern sabermetrics to determine the greatest Jewish players at each position, who would be on an all-time Jewish All-Star Team, and how that team would rate ...

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Phillip Lopate's Essays

Phillip Lopate, Leonard's brother, discusses brotherhood and his essay in the anthology Brothers: 26 Stories of Love and Rivalry. He'll also discuss his series of essays on the achievements and limitations of Susan Sontag, looking at her significance to him personally and to the culture at large, in his ...

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