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Guest column: Irv Osterer on quirky college baseball

Posted on: May 5th, 2017 by Ron Kaplan

Editor’s note: Irving Osterer writes about hockey for Jewish publications in Canada and has been a great source for the Korner through the years. So when he sent the following along, I asked if I could use it as a guest column. It’s not quite “Jews on first,” but it will do nicely.


Jews are well represented in college, amateur, and professional baseball ranks. Many have expressed pride in their faith and some refuse to play on Yom Kippur. One does not have to go further than the recent World Baseball Classic, to appreciate the impressive efforts of Team Israel, and their kippah-wearing tribute that went viral on the internet.

I believe that the SUNY Canton Roos, who play in the NCAA’s Empire 8 Division III, can boast a Jewish presence on the mound that is unmatched in the history of the game. The Roos have an authentic Cohen, a genuine Levy, and a Yisrael (OSTERER) in their bullpen. They have indeed covered all the bases in the event of an emergency weekday Torah service.

6′ Sophomore Phil Cohen, is a right handed pitcher from Liberty, New York.
5′ 8” Second year Matt Levy, is a right handed hurler from Long Beach, New York.
6′ 2” Senior Robbie Osterer, a “Yisrael” for religious purposes according to Mosaic law, is a right hander from Ottawa, Canada.

And should they need a fourth aliyah as they do for the Rosh Hodesh weekday morning reading, catcher/infielder freshman Alex Marshall, who hails from Melbourne, Australia can do the honours.

 

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