Shalom, y’all

Posted on: September 13th, 2016 by Ron Kaplan 4 Comments

This marks the final entry for Kaplan’s Korner, at least in this iteration.

The NY Jewish Week assumes control over the New Jersey Jewish News tomorrow. They have decided not to continue the blog (or my relationship with the organization).


With Bruce Beck and Ian Eagle.

It’s a business decision, and I get it. I foolishly thought that, as a niche publication serving a specific community, the Jewish News might be able to merrily roll along while papers like The New York Times, Washington Post, San Francisco Chronicle, et al, were all suffering drastic changes, reducing personnel and output  to the point where the pages produced are barely enough to properly line our bird cages. Like I said, foolish. I thought that the fact the the Korner was the most all-encompassing Jewish sports presence out there might be worth keeping around. Evidently not.

When the Jewish News suggested a sports blog several years ago to take the place of a stand-alone sports section in the print edition, I was skeptical. Although I absolutely hate the joke about the thinnest book in the world (I think you know what I mean without my having to say it), I was worried about finding enough material to make this a viable and sustainable presence. How wrong I was.

With John Thorn, official historian of Major League Baseball

With John Thorn, official historian of Major League Baseball

Hosting Kaplan’s Korner (the name was not my idea, by the way) gave me the opportunity to meet some amazing people in the sports world, from executives, to writers, to athletes, to fans (thanks for all the phone calls and e-mails).

It afforded the opportunity to participate in synagogue discussions, academic conferences, and Yankees fantasy camp. I even made it into the Times as a source for a story about baseball and the Yom Kuppur dilemma.

The blog gave me enough of a standing in the community  — shameless self-promotion ahead: 2014 Best Blog of the Year as per the New Jersey Press Association — to publish The Jewish Olympics: The History of the Maccabiah Games, which in turn led to my current project, Hank Greenberg in 1938: Hatred and Home Runs in the Shadow of War.

My only regret is that I never got to interview Tony Kornheiser. Maybe next time. (No, seriously, if some one knows Mr. Tony, let him know I’ve been looking for him.)

Plans for what, if anything, happens next are up in the air; I hope to know more in the coming weeks. If anyone is interested in keeping informed if and when this happens, you can contact me at

So in closing let me just quote from one of the late Douglas Adams, one of my favorite authors, when he said.



4 Responses

  1. Stan Keyles says:

    It’s almost like Tuesday, September 13 is the equivalent of Friday the 13th. It’s a sad day in Metsville knowing your blog is discontinuing. I’ve thoroughly enjoyed the ride. Thanks.

  2. Dave says:

    I loved this blog. Checked for updates all the time. You’ll be missed.

  3. shep roey says:

    I have been following Jewish athletes since 1962. My dad and I would sit in the station wagon listening to the radio broadcast of Koufax pitching on the west coast. When he was in his late 80’s until his death at 91, and disabled, I would call him every day with reports on how the Jewish athletes performed. Your blog was a godsend that gave me easy and wonderful access to Jews in the sports arena. You performed a mitzvah with your blog and I will always be thankful. If and when you visit the DC area, you’re invited/ welcomed to our house for wine and schmooze.

  4. Howard Fox says:

    Kaplan’s Korner will be missed. Ron you have done a wonderful job following Jewish atheletes and their careers.

    I just head the news that the Israel Basebal team defeated Britain, 9-1, to continue on to the world Baseball championships, or whatever they call it.

    Jason Marquis pitched six innings and Lavarnway batted in three runs.

    Too bad you are not around to give us more information, and qvell a little.

    Shalom eh.

    Think of it, maybe you could change your name to Kardashian and get your spot back.


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