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The Detroit Jewish News, 2011-10-06

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Steve Stein
Contributing Writer

F

ive new members will be
inducted into the Michigan
Jewish Sports Hall of Fame
on Monday, Nov. 7, at Congregation
Shaarey Zedek in Southfield.
Here are some facts you may — or
may not — know about them.

Mitch Albom: The
Detroit Free Press
columnist is an
author, journalist,
screenwriter, play-
wright, radio and
television broadcast-
er and musician;
more than 28 mil-
lion copies of his books have been
sold worldwide and they've been pub-
lished in 42 languages. He's founded
four charities and he also raises
money for literacy projects, partly
through his performances with the
Rock Bottom Remainders, a band
made up of fellow writers Stephen
King, Dave Barry, Scott Turow, Amy
Tan and Ridley Pearson. In 2010, the
Associated Press Sports Editors
named Albom the recipient of their
Red Smith Award for lifetime achieve-
ment.

Irving "Pro" Boim:
He had a 1.40 ERA
for the 1942 Big Ten
champion University
of Michigan baseball
team when he enlist-
ed in the Navy. In
1944, while pitching
for Pensacola Naval Air Station against
Bronson Marine Air Base, he struck
out Ted Williams twice in four plate
appearances; after World War II, he
pitched in the minor leagues for nine
seasons; had he not spent 31/2 years of

his baseball prime serving in the Navy,
he could have pitched in the major
leagues. After retiring as a baseball
player, he was an elementary school
physical education teacher and base-
ball camp instructor for 44 years. He
gained his nickname at age 5 because
of his spot-on imitations of pro base-
ball stars.

Bruce Seid: A two-
time All-State short-
stop and All-
American baseball
player at Oak Park
High School (Class
of 1980), he turned
down a scholarship
to play at Michigan State University to
sign with the Chicago Cubs in 1980
after the Cubs selected him in the
fourth round of the major league
draft. He's been a scout for the San
Diego Padres (1992-96), Pittsburgh
Pirates (1997) and Milwaukee Brewers
(1998-present) since his playing days
ended; he's also been the Brewers'
amateur scouting director since 2009.

Rick Seid: Older
brother of Bruce
Seid was a baseball
and basketball star
at Oak Park High
School (Class of
1971); drafted by the
Boston Red Sox, he
declined their contract offer and
accepted a scholarship to play baseball
at the University of Michigan. He
transferred to Michigan State
University as a sophomore and was
the Spartans' starting catcher from
1974-76, earning All-Big Ten
Conference honors in 1975 and 1976.
An outstanding minor league baseball
player, he batted .356 in the Gulf State
League in 1976 and .309 in the Lone
Star League in 1977.

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