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March 25, 1966 - Image 37

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1966-03-25

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Many With Great AchievementsEmerge in Several Sports Events

By JESSE SILVER

(Copyright, 1966, JTA, Inc.)



Although Jews are competing
successfully in every sport, one
figure stands alone. Sandy Koufax
is the best pitcher in baseball and,
to many, he is the nation's out-
standing athlete. No Jew ever dom-
inated the American sports scene
as completely as Koufax did in
1965. The Dodger lefthander had
a marvelous season in 1963 but he
surpassed that performance last
year.
The Koufax story had all the
elements of a Holywood drama. In
pring training he discovered he
ad arthritis in his throwing arm
and it was feared he would never
again be a successful pitcher. De-
spite this the lefty compiled rec-
ords that will be hard to beat.
With the help of special treatment
for his arm, he pitched a perfect
game, his fourth no-hitter, and set
a one-season strikeout record of
382. He won 26 games during the
regular season, then won two
games as the Dodgers took the
World Series.
On the strength of his baseball
feats alone Koufax demands atten-
tion; but he has other things going
for him. A more exemplary char-
acter would be hard to find. He is
always the perfect gentleman.
Baseball couldn't ask for a better
representative.
Koufax's decision not to pitch
the opening game of the World
Series because it fell on Yom
Kippur is typical of the type of
man he is. He feels his responsi-
bilities. They say that every boy
has a hero. Here is one that any
parent can be happy to have his
son emulate.
Despite the presence of Koufax,
there is a dearth of Jews in major
league baseball. The others • are
Larry Sherry, Detroit Tigers; Bar-
ry Latman, Houston Astros; Moe
Drabowsky, Baltimore Orioles; and
Bo Belinsky, of the Phillies. All are
pitchers, none is a star. The bright-.
est light among the minor leaguers
is a big first baseman, Mike Ep-
stein, who is the property of the
Orioles.
On the executive side of the
game, Gabe Paul is president of
the Cleveland Indians; and Jerry
Hoffberger runs the Orioles.
* * *
Professional basketball provides
an individual who dominated his
sport as much as Sandy Koufax did
his. Red Auerbach did his job from
the sidelines as coach of the peren-
nial champion Boston Celtics. This
past season, Red announced his re-
tirement from coaching after com-
piling 1,000 wins. Much criticized
during his career for his emotional
outbursts, the players and fans in
many cities showed their apprecia-
tion by bestowing many honors on
him. Auerbach will continue in the
game in an executive capacity
with the Celtics.
The other Jewish coach, Adolph
Schayes, a former star player,
turned the Philadelphia 76ers into
a great team. Veteran Rudy La-
Russo of the Los Angeles Lakers
was the only Jewish player to play
regularly in the National Basket-

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ball Association. Jewish owners in
the NBA are Ben Kerner, St. Louis
Hawks; Mary 'Crafter, Boston Celt-
ics; Arnold Heft, Baltimore Bul-
lets; and Iry Koslov, Philadelphia
76ers.
The biggest news in college bas-
ketball was the advent of the first
Jewish seven-footer. Dave New-
mark made Columbia a team to re-
spect. However, Jeff Neuman, only
6-1, led Penn to the Ivy League
crown.
Others who made their mark
were Steve Chubin, Rhode Island;
Stan Felsinger, Columbia; Ron
Green, Vanderbilt; Stan Adelman,
Boston College; Barry Liebowitz,
LIU; Bruce Kaplan, NYU; Ken Lib-
ertoff, Conn. U.; Bob Steinberg.
Conn. U.; Steve Sherman, Adelphi;
and Stew Marcus, Miami U. Suc-
cessful coaches were Harry Lit-
wack, who took Temple to the NIT;
and Roy Rubin, who made LIU a
small college power.
* * *
In football, the collegiate Hall of
Fame named its seventh Jewish
player. He was Arron Rosenberg,
who played guard for USC in the
1930s. The top college players of
last season were guard Barry Le-
venthal, of UCLA, who captained
the Rose Bowl team; tackle Phil
Ratner, who was named All-East;
Mike Buckner, of Northwestern, a
back; and end Dave Greenblatt, of
Amherst.
Coach Mary Levy gave William
and Mary its first winning season
in over a decade. Tackle Ron Mix,
of the professional San Diego
Chargers, was again named to the
American Football League All-Star
team.
No new pro head coaches were
added to the trio of Sid Gillman of
San Diego, Allie Sherman of the
New York Giants, and Al Davis of
Oakland. Gillman's team had the
best record as it won the Western
Division of the AFL, although
Sherman made a contender out of
a last place team. Davis did a fine
job with so-so material.
Owners of the professional teams
were Carroll Rosenbloom, Balti-
more Colts; - Jerry Wolman, Phila-
delphia Eagles; Art Modell, Cleve-
land Browns; Max Winter, Minne-
sota Vikings; and Sonny Werblin
of the New York Jets. .Sol Rosen
was named commissioner of the
Continental League.

In tennis, two-Jewish players are
ranked in the top 10 in the United
States. Mike Belkin of Miami Beach
is the seventh ranked male, while
Julie Heldman holds eighth place
among the females.
The most promising tennis play-
er of all, however, is a young
Dutchman, Tom Okker, the Macca-
biah champion. Okker enjoyed re-
markable success on the Australian
circuit. Other foreigners who look
promising are Vickie Berner of
Canada; and Esme Emmanual and
Jackie Saul of South Africa. Vet-
erans Pierre Damon of France and
Abe Segal of South Africa still de-
mand a lot of respect.
* *
In track and field, the premier
performer is a young Polish coed,
Irena Kirszenstein. She holds the
world's records for the 100 and 200
meter runs. In addition, she is an
outstanding long jumper and high
jumper.
Among the male stars, seven
were good enough to make the
world list of the sports top publi-
cation. From the United States:
Steve Robbins in the 200 meter
dash, Bill Shapiro and Roger Wolff
in the 400 meter run, and Marc
Savage, the first Jewish pole vault-
er, over 16' feet. From Ruisia: An-
dre Kharmarskiy in the high jump
and Lazar Naroditskiy in the
steeplechase. In Britain, Ray Rose-
man made the list in the 1500 me-
ters and the mile run.
Some of the other fine track and
field performers from the United
States were Bill Morgan, who won
the 5,000 and 10,000 meter runs at
the Maccabiah Games: Bill Silver-
berg, in the steeplechase and the
distances; Marty Eisner, discus
and shot; Bob Akers and Bill Bel-
fer, discus; and javelin throwers
Stew Levitt and Dick Bocks.
* *
Swimmers Marilyn Ramenofsky
and Mark Spitz were outstanding.
Miss Ramenofsky had top marks in
three freestyle events, while 15-
year-old Spitz scored in the long
freestyle events and in the 400
meter individual medley. Miss Ram-
enofsky and Heidi Ross, a butterfly
stroker, were named to the wom-
en's All-America swimming team.
Other top United States swim-
mers among the men were Rich
Abrahams, 100 meter freestyle;
Lee Chesneau, 800 and 1,500 meter
freestyle; Dan Behr, 100 and 200

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meter backstroke; Jack Zakim, 100
and 200 meter backstroke; Ken
Ziskin, 100 and 200 meter breast-
stroke; Robert Corris, 100 meter
breaststroke; and John Reitman,
100 and 200 meter butterfly stroke.
The women swimmers were Cathy
Cole, 100 meter freestyle; Carole
Adler, 100 meter freestyle; and
Ann Sachs 100 meter backstroke.
The best of the foreign swimmers
was John Stark, an Australian but-
terfly stroker.
* * *
On the turf, Louis Wolfson was
among the foremost winning own-
ers. Hirsch Jacobs and Buddy Ja-
cobson continued as outstanding
trainers. Jockey Walter Blum is
back on the trail of another riding
title.
Gary Gubner won a silver medal
in the heavyweight division at the
world's weightlifting championship.
In the process, he. set an American
record. Marvin Rosenberg won the
black-belt section at the national
karate championships. Jim Breg-
man won a gold medal in the mid-
dleweight division at the Pan
American judo championships.
Haskell Cohen of Brooklyn was
reelected president of the United
States Committee, Sports for Is-
rael, the organization that sponsors
United States participation in the
World Maccabiah Games.

Have more than thou showest,
Speak less than thou knowest,
Lend less than thou owest,
Ride more than thou guest,
Learn more than thou trowest,
Set less than thou throwest.
—William Shakespeare,
King Lear (1606)

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Albert Lebowitz's `Laban's Will'
Well Written, Not Excitingly Jewish

In the novel "Laban's Will" by
Albert Lebowitz, published by
Random House, Laban appears as
an able lawyer with many other
callings. His hobby is painting
signs. He conducts a sort of an
archaeological dig. He wears pe-
culiar clothes.
Also—he is a nag, a punter, does
not seem to be affected by the ex-
change of insults between him and
his son.
He has two daughters as well,
marries one off to a chap in his
office on the promise of giving him
a partnership in the law business,
and keeps reading wills. He in-
forms his family where the will is
located and when he dies the
other part of the girl-twin, who
later also marries, steals it upon
his death but returns it when her
finace indicates he is not moti-
vated by money.
But when the final testament is
read by Rabbi Isaacson, a major
portion of - the rich estate is left
"to establish the religious experi-
ence of joy," and the rabbi is
elated, calls the deceased "a re-
ligious man," while the son, con-
gratulating the rabbi who is the
sole executor, comments: "Even
from the grave he's laughing at
us."
Laban wanted to be Jewish, and
there are references to the fam-
ily's Jewish involvements, but they
are hardly pretty ones. For ex-
ample, on one occasion son says to
father: "With a Jew like you for
a father, who needs synagogues?"
There is much punning, about
Pesach and being taRised and

t'fillined, and similar nonsense.
There is even reference to malkus
and the self-ffaggelations and
flogging.
With all its shortcomings in the
Jewish sense, however, it is a well
written novel, with an interesting
plot and lots of action. It makes
good reading.

620 Israeli Experts
Went Abroad in 1964

NEW YORK — The eighth world
conference of the Society for In-
ternational Development meeting at
the Roosevelt Hotel was told that
620 Israeli experts were engaged
in various technical assistance pro-
grams outside of Israel during
1964 by Dr. Raanan Weitz, head of
agricultural department of the Jew-
ish Agency for Israel and chair-
man of the National and Univer-
sity Institute of Agriculture in
Rehovot, Israel.
Speaking as a member of a
panel on "Improving the Strategy
and Organization of International
Aid for Development" Dr. Weitz
was one of three members of the
panel that included K. S. Sundara
Rajan, minister of economics of
the Embassy of India in Washing-
ton; and Willard L. Thorp, chair-
man of the development assistance
committee, OECD.
Dr. Weitz also reported that 6,165
men anCwomen from the develop-
ing countries participated in train-
ing programs in Israel during the
period 1958 to 1903.

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