THE DETROIT JEWISH NEWS
Friday, July 18, 1969-11
Ranking Jewish Baseball Players
the Eastern League. Blomberg was
over the .300 mark after a slow
With half the baseball season start. He put in six months in the
Over, Chicago Cubs' pitcher Ken military before reporting to train-
Holtzman must be wondering what ing camp, and he still attends Re-
happened. The 23-year-old south- serve meetings near his home in
paw from St. Louis was sensation- Atlanta.
Gilhooley is an infielder with
al in the early going and was the
big reason the Cubs jumped off to Toledo of the International Lea-
a huge lead in the Eastern Divi- gue; Diamond, a catcher with
sion of the National League. In Waterbury of the Eastern League;
May, Holtzman pitched six vic . Kolinsky, an outfielder at Reading
tories, including three straight of the Eastern; and Holtzman, a
Shutouts with only one defeat in right-handed pitcher and brother of
Seven starting assignments. His Kenny, is with Cedar Rapies of the
performance earned him the Na- Midwest League.
tional League "Player of the
In college baseball, first base-
Month" award in a poll of base- man Steve Greenberg, Hank's son,
ball writers and broadcasters.
has been named captain of Yale's
Things went sour soon after that, 1970 baseball team. Outfielder Fred
and Holtzman has had trouble Levin and pitcher Neil Davis help-
finishing games. Likened to Sandy ed NYU reach the NCAA tourna-
Koufax on many occasions, Holtz- ment in Omaha, Neb. During the
man is experiencing the same type regular season, Levine, a sopho-
of difficulties that plagued Sandy more, and a southpaw, compiled a
early in his career. At 23, Koufax 4-1 record. NYU placed third in the
was 28-27 lifetime, and at this writ- College World Series.
ing is 41-32. So maybe Kenny won't
be another Koufax, maybe he'll
Top USSR Leaders
just be another Lefty Grove.
* * *
Broadcaster Koufax has been Plan Syria Visit
making news himself lately. The
LONDON (JTA) — The trium-
former pitching great was named virate that governs the Soviet Un-
the "Greatest Dodger Ever" by the ion will soon visit Syria, it was re-
48 writers and broadcasters who ported here from Moscow. Accord-
selected the all-time Dodgers team ing to the report, Communist
as part of baseball's centennial Party Secretary Leonid I. Brezh
year. He was a unanimous choice nev, President Nikolai V. Podgorny
as the Dodgers' all-time left-hand- and Premier Alexei N. Kosygin
ed pitcher, and he received 32'2 accepted invitations from Syria's
votes as their greatest player.
visiting president, Noureddin al-
In Detroit, Hall of Famer Hank Atassi. No firm dates were set.
Greenberg was named the all- The announcement was not clear
time Tiger first baseman, while about whether the Kremlin leaders
Buddy Myer was a second team would visit Damascus separately
choice at second base on the all- or together.
time Washington Senator team.
The announcement coincided with
Bucky Harris just beat out Myer. the arrival in Moscow of Joseph J.
Johnny Kling wasn't selected as Sisco, U.S. Assistant Secretary of
the all-time Chicago Cubs catcher, ' State for Near Eastern Affairs, for
and it now appears that Johnny is what was described by the State
out as the all-time Jewish catcher. Department as a "brief round" in
In Lee Allen's last column in the 1 the U.S.-Soviet dialogue on the
Sporting News before his untimely Middle East. Mr. Sisco has been ,
death, the historian of baseball's ' conducting talks in Washington for'
Hall of Fame revealed that he had several months with Soviet Ambas-
talked to Kling's widow and she sador Anatoly F. Dobrynin. While
told him that Johnny, who every- in Moscow, he is expected to meet
one believed was Jewish. was in with Foreign Minister' Andrei A.
fact a German Lutheran. Mrs. ' Gromyko but most of his conver-
Kling also informed Allen that her sations will be with Mr. Dobrynin,
maiden name was Lillian Grad- who was called home for consulta-
wohl and that she is Jewish. It tions several weeks ago. Sisco is
looks like Harry Danning, who accompanied on his trip by A. L.
worked for the New York Giants Atherton of the State Department's
in 1933-42 and had a lifetime bat- Near East and South Asia section.
ting average of .285, moves in as
Sisco stopped in London and
the all-time Jewish backstop.
! Paris en route to Moscow. On Fri-
Kling and Allen both deserve a day he met with British Foreign
place in baseball's Hall of Fame. I Secretary Michael Stewart - with
Kling on his playing ability and whom he reportedly agreed that
Allen for the great work he did for prospects for an Arab-Israeli settle-
the Hall of Fame and for his devo- ment were remote at this time. He
tion to the game. A non-Jew, Allen conferred briefly in Paris with
contributed much to the baseball French Foreign Minister Maurice
section of the "Encyclopedia of Schumann.
Jews in Sports.•• He discovered
Reports from Damascus said the
many long forgotten Jewish play- Syrian Cabinet met to review the;
ers and officials. Baseball will results of President al-Atassi's 1
have a difficult time replacing Moscow visit. According to inform-
ed sources, al-Atassi failed to 3b-
him. Allen will be missed.
tain more arms from Russia but
Veteran pitcher Larry Sherry is an agreement was concluded for 1
back in the minors with the Tucson Russian help in developing Syria's
Toros of the Pacific Coast League. nationalized oil industry. A delega-
He won four games in relief before tion from the oil-producing Peisian
Gulf state of Kuwait is in Datnas-
losing his first as a starter.
Larry's brother Norm Sherry, cus. Kuwait was reported offering
former major league catcher and to help Syria finance arms pur-
minor league manager, has been chases abroad. ,
appointed a scout and instructor
by the California Angels. When Tourism Minister Kol
Tucson acquired Larry Sherry, Reports Revenue Increase
they shipped pitcher Mickey Abar-
banel down to Appleton of the Mid-
JERUSALEM (JTA) — Minister
of Tourism Moshe Kol announced
Other Jewish minor leagues in- today that Israel enjoyed a slight
clude Mike Herson, Ron Blomberg, increase in revenues from tourism
Bob Gilhooley, Al Diamond, Steve during the first three months of
Kolinsky and Bob Holtzman. Her- 1969 compared to the same period 1
son, a right-handed pitcher from of 1968 which was Israel's peak
the University of Maryland, started tourist year. Kol said that the tour-
the year with Miami of the Florida ist trade netted Israel $17,100,000
State League, then was moved up in the first quarter of this year
to Rochester of the International. compared to $16,800,000 last year.
Herson won his first International Kol made the disclosure at cere-
start with a four-hitter over Colum- monies in which he conferred the
status of official tourist promoter
Blomberg, the New York Yan- on 69 firms in the tourist industry.
kees' bonus player, is performing Eight of them were hotels owned
in the outfield for Manchester of by Arabs in East Jerusalem.
(Copyright 1969, TEA, Inc.)
Stanley Silverman's Music Acclaimed in Stratford
STRATFORD, Ontario — Nation-
wide interest that is being shown
in the production of "The Saty-
ricon," as part of the extensive
Stratford Festival program, has
drawn special interest in the
musical score for the production by
A native of New York, winner of
numerous awards, Silverman in
addition to being the current con-
sultant for the music festival here
also holds the following positions:
He is musical director of the N.Y.
Lincoln Center Repertory Theater;
faculty member of the Berkshire
Music Center, Tanglewood; and
concert guitarist with New York
Philharmonic and Boston Sympho-
ny. He holds many other honorary
as well as active positions in im-
portant musical projects.
Composer of incidental scores
for many productions, his work
, in Stratford began in 1963 when
vhe first appeared in the music
festival. He did the incidental
music for "Richard III' in 1967
and for "A Midsummer Night's
Dream' in 1968.
John Birsch, who directed "The
Satyricon," will leave for Israel
next month to direct "The Seagull"
for Habima Theater. Accompany-
ing him will be Brian Trottier,
the brilliant young designer who
captured acclaim among the noted
artists at Stratford this year.
Of additional interest in Stratford
currently is the task undertaken
by youngsters of all ages who are
establishing the Stratford Chil-
JERUSALEM (JTA) — The Ed-
ward Silver Chair in criminal pro-
cedure was dedicated by the He-
brew University in the presence of
Judge Edward Silver of Brooklyn,
members of Israel's Supreme Court
and the ministers of justice and
President Avraham Harman of
the Hebrew University hailed Judge
Silver as a "distinguished jurist
and Jew." The inaugural lecture
was delivered by Prof. Shalev
Ginossar, the first incumbent of
the Silver Chair.
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