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JFL Update, Week 4

Posted on: October 3rd, 2017 by Ron Kaplan

https://kckingdom.com/wp-content/blogs.dir/220/files/2013/12/7694520.jpgThe Kansas City Chiefs remain unbeaten (4-0) after field goal with four seconds left on the clock sealed the deal in a 23-20 win over the visiting Washington Redskins. Mitchell Schwartz was the starting right tackle and played on all 76 offensive downs plus another six on special teams. The Chiefs have the highest score differential with +43 and a large part of the credit has to go to the offensive line.

Ali Marpet was the starting center for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and appeared on all 64 offensive downs as the Bucs (2-1) beat the struggling and visiting NY Giants, 23-20 in overtime. With the Giants at 0-4, largely in part to a sluggish offense, why not promote Adam Bisnowaty from the practice squad? What could it hurt?

Nate Ebner made another tackle as part of the New England Patriots’ special teams unit, but it didn’t prevent them from losing 33-30 to the visiting Carolina Panthers. Ebner was on the field for 22 plays, 79 percent of the Pats’ defensive time.

As mentioned in previous entries, I don’t really follow the college gridiron but I make an exception for the exceptional QB Josh Rosen, who beat visiting Colorado on Yom Kippur, 27-23. Rosen threw for 372 yards and one touchdown as UCLA broke a two-game losing streak to move to a 3-2 record. Did Rosen fast, as some other Jewish college players have in the past? Don’t know. But Noah Seligman post this piece about former Wisconsin Badger fullback Matt Bernstein, who had a career day while recovering from his fast in 2004. Gabe Carimi did that, too

Of course, it’s probably harder for football players to take off for the Day of Atonement than any other sport. I can’t do the math, but between the college and pro ranks, most games take place Friday, Saturday, or Sunday (yes, I know about Monday Night Football — which are played on both Mondays and Thursdays now), so there’s only a few days it could actually be a conflict. On the other hand, since there are much fewer games than other sports, each one can have a major impact on the outcome of the season. Where you play on the field can make a difference, too. I did a story for the NJ Jewish News several years ago about a Jewish punter who said he felt pressure to play on Yom Kippur because there were no real substitutes for his position.

Not a football issue, but Omri Casspi choose to sit out of the pre-season opener for his new NBA team, the Golden State Warriors, because it fell on the holy day. Not exactly taking as dramatic a stand like Koufax (first game of 1965 World Series) and Greenberg (during a tight pennant race in 1934), but it’s better than all the Jewish Major Leaguers did as their season wound to a close.

Happy Anniversary Sandy

Posted on: September 9th, 2016 by Ron Kaplan

Today marks the 51st anniversary of Sandy Koufax’s perfect game and the last of his four no-hitters.

 

The saddest of words

Posted on: May 4th, 2016 by Ron Kaplan

For of all sad words of tongue or pen,
The saddest are these: “It might have been!”

Thus wrote John Greenleaf Whittier in his 1856 composition “Maud Miller.”

I was reminded of this heartbreaking quote by ESPN’s article, “The Could-Have-Beens,” a list of 25 athletes who for one reason or another, lost their chance of greatness.

For some, like Tony Conigliaro, a popular slugger for the Boston Red Sox in the 1960s who hit more than 100 home runs before turning 23, it was a fastball to the eye that essentially ruined his career and life (he died in 1990 at the age of 45).

For others, like Brian Taylor, MLB’s #1 draft pick in 1991, it was poor judgment and hubris that led to their downfall.

There are no Jews on the ESPN list, but can easily fill in your own, like Ron Blomberg, who was hyped to be the next Mickey Mantle (or at the very least, Hank Greenberg). Injuries got the better of him, too. More recently, you have Ike Davis, who crashed 32 homers for the NY Mets in 2012 and has been on a roller coaster of physical problems ever since. And of course, there’s Sandy Koufax. How can you cry about ah all of Fame pitcher? Well, just think: how much great might he have been had he not been forced to retire at the age of 30 because of an arthritic elbow?

 

 

JML update, Hot Stove edition, Feb. 6, 2015

Posted on: February 6th, 2015 by Ron Kaplan

Wow, there’s a slap in this NY Post piece: “Lucas Duda vows not to be the Mets’ next Ike Davis.” Ouch. “Remember, Ike Davis had a big year in 2012 (32 home runs), then hit nine and 11 home runs the next two seasons. Duda — who was third in the NL in home runs behind the Marlins’ Giancarlo Stanton and the Cubs’ Anthony Rizzo — knows he has to prove he’s not a one-year wonder.” Well, I’m gonna stand up for my homey here and say he was not a “one-year wonder.” He finished seventh in NL Rookie of the Year voting in 2010 on the strength of 19 homers, 71 RBI, and outstanding defense at first base. The next season he appeared in just 36 games due to injury and still hit seven home runs and drove in 25, which project to 31 and 112, respectively over a 162-game season. He proved that was possible in 2012 with 32/90, although his batting average did suffer tremendously. So there.

Look who showed up on the field, post-New England Patriots’ Super Bowl win: None other than Tom Brady’s bro-in-law, Kevin Youkilis. Given that Youkilis was on the World Champion Boston Red Sox in 2007 (he was also on the team as a rookie in 2004 but was not on the W.S. roster), I wonder how it felt for him to be in that setting. Kind of sad that he played his last Major League game at the age of 34. Just goes to show you can’t take anything for granted, either as an athlete or a fan.

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of the scores of new baseball titles might be especially interesting to Jewish fans: Finding the Left Arm of God: Sandy Koufax and the Los Angeles Dodgers, 1960-1963Haven’t read this yet (it just came out last week), but I must warn potential purchasers that this is not exclusively about Koufax, but rather the LA Dodgers of those years. In fact, Koufax had superlative seasons over the next three campaigns as well, including his iconic decision to sit out the first game of the ’65 World Series which fell on Yom Kippur.

Finally, I wonder if the world is ready for a movie about the men who invented to modern baseball card?

Belated birthday wishes, Sandy Koufax

Posted on: January 5th, 2015 by Ron Kaplan

http://cp91279.biography.com/Sandy-Koufax_Devout-Slugger_HD_768x432-16x9.jpgI feel sorry for those people whose birthday falls on a major holiday, especially Christmas and New Year’s. It always seems they’re overlooked in the general celebratory mood of the specific event.

So every year I have to post one of these damned “Happy Belated Birthday” for Sandy Koufax, probably the most in-shape and good looking 79-year-old you’ll ever see.

Maccabiah book tie-in:

In what was undoubtedly one of the more bizarre publicity stunts, the Van Nuys Valley News reported that “Sandy Koufax has been named a member of the United States team that will compete in the World Maccabiah games in Israel next month – but conflicting commitments with the Dodgers probably will keep the ace pitcher from being with the Americans.”

As if the Dodgers would allow Koufax, their ace pitcher, future Hall of Famer, and arguably the most famous and important Jewish athlete of his generation, to take time off in the middle of the season.

Koufax was given the honor at a luncheon sponsored by the West Coast Chapter of the United States Maccabiah Games Committee as a “thank you” for supporting the program by underwriting the expenses of 10 local athletes.

 

Starting the year off right (by forgetting a legend’s birthday)

Posted on: January 2nd, 2014 by Ron Kaplan

Great. Right away I have to post an “apology” for missing Sandy Koufax‘s birthday on Dec. 30. He turned 78. We should all look as good as he does at that age. Well, maybe just the men.

http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-6KgT6RIx25Y/UsHkSCdxhVI/AAAAAAAAte0/R6bUw7RFhJk/s1600/BcwWNLsCcAAdorV.jpg

 

I’m not a big memorabilia collector — if some gave me something, I wouldn’t refuse it — but here’s just one list of items available.

Brad Ausmus to manage Detroit Tigers

Posted on: November 4th, 2013 by Ron Kaplan

Congratulations to Brad Ausmus, who becomes the newest JML manager.

He succeeds Jim Leyland as skipper of the Detroit Tigers (Hank Greenberg’s old squad),  a team for whom Ausmus played in 1996 and again in 1999-200. He appeared in 352 games, batting .266 with 62 doubles, nine triples, and 20 homers. He drove in 127 runs and even swiped 27 bases. Not bad for a catcher.

http://thumbs4.ebaystatic.com/d/l225/m/mDqq4XgluD5z0iPeRjov6TQ.jpgAusmus also played for the Houston Astros, Los Angeles Dodgers, and San Diego Padres. His record of 1,971 games tops all JMLs, ahead of Shawn Green’s 1,951. He served as manager for the Israeli National Team in the attempt to get into this year’s World Baseball Classic.

This appointment makes him the first Jewish manager since Norm Sherry, who helped transform Sandy Koufax into a Hall of Fame pitcher, piloted the California Angels for parts of 1976-77.

Other Jewish managers have included Lipman Pike; Lou Bourdreau (depending on your opinion of his religious identity); Andy Cohen (one game for the Phillies in 1960; he won), Lefty Phillips, California Angels, 1969-71); and Jeff Newman (interim manager for the Oakland As for 10 games in 1986) . Some readers have suggested Larry Rothschild, but he does not identify as Jewish (at times adamantly). Thanks to Bob (Day by Day in Jewish Sports History) Wechsler for the list.

Rabbi Jason Miller, a life-long Tiger’s fan, offered this analysis shortly after the announcement was made yesterday. And Dan Epstein, author of Big Hair & Plastic Grass: A Funky Ride Through Baseball and America in the Swinging 70s, contributed this to Forward.com.

Here’s wishing Ausmus Mazel Tov and good luck in 2014 and beyond

 

JML update, Playoff Edition, Oct. 10

Posted on: October 9th, 2013 by Ron Kaplan

Breslow walks back to the dugout. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)

Mazel tov to Craig Breslow, who was credited with the win that put the Boston Red Sox in the AL Championship Series.

Breslow entered the game against the Tampa Bay Rays in the sixth inning with two out, one on, and the Sox down 1-0. He struck out James Loney — the number three batter — to end the inning, then fanned the side in the seventh, after the Red Sox had taken a 2-1 lead. He retired the first batter in the eighth before allowing an infield single and was removed from the game. Boston added an insurance run in the ninth and clinched it, 3-1.

The Yale grad appeared in three of the four AL Divisional Series games, totaling 3.2 innings in which he gave up two hits, walked one, and struck out four. In addition to his win, he earned a hold in the second game.

Sam Fuld did not appear in last night’s finale.

The Sox now have to wait until tomorrow to find out if they’ll be playing the Oakland As (with or without Nate Freiman) or the Detroit Tigers.

The Los Angeles Dodgers will find out today whether they’ll be taking on the Pittsburgh Pirates or St. Louis Cardinals.

Seeing some sweet photos of Sandy Koufax joining in the celebrations after his “alma mater” finished off the Atlanta Braves on Monday night. Here, the Hall of Famer embraces pitcher Clayton Kershaw.

Sandy Koufax makes me old

Posted on: August 16th, 2013 by Ron Kaplan
Baseball: Sandy Koufax Fires One In, oil on masonite panel 14"x11" by Kenney Mencher

Oil Painting by Kenney Mencher

I was listening to a Baseball Tonight podcast this week when the subject of MVPs came up. The panel was discussing LA Dodgers pitcher Clayton Kershaw, comparing him with Sandy Koufax.

What really got me was when one of them said, “None of us were alive when Koufax pitched….”

That’s like me saying I wasn’t around when Cy Young pitched. I was only nine when Koufax retired following the 1966 season, but I remember him; I was alive at that point. Makes me old to some, I guess.

Koufax's third no-no

Posted on: June 4th, 2013 by Ron Kaplan

As per artist Graig Kreindler via Facebook:

On this day in 1964, Sandy Koufax threw his third no-hitter in three years, blanking the Phillies at Connie Mack Stadium, 3-0. The Dodgers’ southpaw joined Bob Feller as the only other modern major leaguer to pitch three career hitless games. In September of 1965, he would record his fourth.

 

 

   
 

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