Voluminous 'Encyclopedia of Jews in Sports'
Lists Many Detroiters Active in Athletics
"Encyclopedia of Jews in
Sports," published by Bloch, com-
piled by three well-informed men
who have labored to gather basic
data abOut every conceivable sports
activity, fills an important need
and provides valuable informa-
Bernard Postal, well known in
the Jewish literary field, and Jesse
and Roy Silver, both of whom have
been writing sports columns for
the Jewish Telegraphic Agency for
use by the English-Jewish press,
including The Detroit Jewish
News, combined their skills to
gather the data about many hun-
dreds of Jews in all conceivable
fields of athletics.
In a foreword to this volum-
inous work, U.S. Senator Abra-
ham Ribicoff demolishes a myth
about Jews being weaklings. He
states: "This encyclopedia fills
a necessary gap. One finds little_
in most Jewish sources about
the role of Jews in athletics.
Understandably, these have em-
phasized heroes of the spirit—.
intellectual giants. So many Jews
have the impression that we are
comoartive stangers in sports.
And non-Jews have accepted the
myth, or stereotype, that we are
physical weaklings — nimble in
the head, perhaps, but not too
nimble with the feet. Here we
have the real record—and it
proves the myth wrong once and
It is not modern sports alone
that helps disprove the myth. This
encyclopedia includes a very illum-
inating chapter on sports in Tal-
mudic literature. The brief history
that precedes the record of Jews
in the vast variety of sports ex-
plains the long tradition of Jewish
activity in athletics. It includes
that in the Bible physical strength
was considered an attribute.. It
points to the organized system of
Hebrew speedsters in the 11th cen-
tury before the present - era, and
especially mentions Ahimez, son
of High Oriest Zadok, and Asahel,
nephew of King David, as long-
Dedicating the volume to Dr.
Max Nordau, Theodore Herzel's
right-hand associate in creating
World Jewry Raises
Sum to Keren Hayesod
the modern Zionist movement, the
volume quotes Nordau's famous
statement: "We must create again
a strong, muscular Judaism."
The brief history is repete with
facts that will be found of great
interest especially by lovers of
sports and by the youth.
There is facination in the list
of sports included in this ency-
clopedia as counting Jews as par-
ticipants. Not only baseball, foot-
ball, basketball, auto racing, box-
of Michigan teams. And there is
Mervin Pregulman, who played
tackle for Michigan State and later
was in professional football.
Byron Krieger is listed in foils.
Samuel Stoller was famed in
sprints for the University of Mich-
igan, having gone in 1936 to the
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Detroiter Allan Tolmich estab-
ilshed a world record in the 200-
There are some regrettable omis-
sions, but they are understandable.
So much material was gathered,
such a wide field had to be cov-
ered, that some were overlooked.
Thus, Herman Fishman should
have been metioned in basketball
and baseball, at the University of
Michigan. Ruge Young played pro-
fessional football. Louis Handle-
man was active in boxing and later
as a referee. Cincy Sachs certain-
ly deserves mention in basketball.
Of course, Sandy Koufax and
other greats in baseball are fea-
tured, as well as those in other
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Readers of this most valuable
volume will find interesting data
about many of the Rothschilds
who were active in sports.
DR. MAX NORDAU
billiards, bowling, chess,
fencing, canoeing, track and
field, wrestling, but also the fol-
lowing are among the sports in
which Jews have been active:
Yachting, toboganning, polo, rug-
by, jai-alai, judo, lacrosse, and
many other games.
Israel's role in sports, Jews in
Olympics and other sports activi-
tes aer enumerated.
Many Detroiters are included in
the personalities in sports listed
in this encyclopedia. There is, of
course, Henry Benjamin "Ham.
merin' Hank" Greenberg. Tiger
Pitcher Saul Walter Rogovin is in
the baseball roster. So is Lawrence
Greenberg's "Hall of Fame"
plaque is reproduced among the
hundreds of photographs.
In basketball we find the name
of Julius Goldman who played for
the Detroit Institute of Technology
in the 1930s.
Samuel Reshevsky is in chess,
among the world's notables.
Detroiter Benjamin Bagdade,
who helped found the Gold and
Silver Skates Derbies in our com-
munity, was among- the famed
in ice skating.
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cent during the first six months of ball, having risen to national fame
this year, as compared with the while playing on the University
same period in 1964, it was an-
flounced here Tuesday by Dr.
Israel Goldstein, chairman of
Keren Hayesod, the financial arm
of the World Zionist Organization
for campaigns on behalf of Israel.
Dr. Goldstein announced at the
same time that new goals for the
United Israel Appeal have been
decided upon by Keren Hayesod.
The United States quota, he said,
has been fixed at $39,000,000 coin-
pared to last year's target of $36,-
000,000. The quota for the rest of
the world, he stated, has been set
at $16,000,000 as against the pre-
vious goal of $14,000,000.
The campaign in Israel, to
The famed boxers are listed.
"Mr. Basketball' Holman has a
place of honor in the volume.
Adolph Schayes is featured in the
Sidney Franklin is the sole bull-
fighter. There is a very rich chess
section which incluudes notables
of many nations. Sidney Luckman
emerges among the great in foot-
The Belmonts' record is listed
among the horse racers.
Several of the Rothschilds are in
the polo division.
Jews played important roles in
tennis and other racquet sports.
There is no doubt that "Encyclo-
pedia of Jews in Sports" is one of
the very noteworthy volumes to
make their appearance in this
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