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ouis Schwartz loves playing
But there was no doubt what
the 12-year-old would be doing when
his Dodgers team was playing for the
Franklin Little League champion-
ship. The game was scheduled for a
Saturday afternoon. It was Shabbos.
Louis missed the Dodgers' 10-3 win
over the Orioles, but, thanks to teammate
Cole Hendrickson, his season wasn't over.
Louis, who will be a seventh-grader
this fall at Akiva Hebrew Day School in
Southfield, got to play in the league's
Sunday all-star game one day after the
championship game because Cole gave
up his spot.
"I couldn't stop smiling when I
found out;' Louis said. "I appreciate
what Cole did so much."
Cole, also 12, modestly shrugged off
his gesture. He attended the all-star
game in uniform and watched from
"I would have given Louis my spot
in the game even if we hadn't won the
championship:' he said. "I've played in
a lot of all-star games. He told me he'd
never played in one. Everyone on the
team understood why Louis didn't play
on the Sabbath. We weren't mad at him."
Dodgers manager Bill Kelly said he
drafted Louis knowing he was going to
miss Saturday games.
"It didn't matter;' he said. "He's a
good ballplayer, and an even better per-
son. I knew having him around would
be great for our team's chemistry"
Kelly gave an emotional talk about
Louis during the awards ceremony
that followed the championship game.
He praised him for recognizing his
faith and commitment to observe the
Sabbath, and assured the crowd that
after Shabbos was over at 10:30 that
night, the screams that were coming
from his house would be from Louis
celebrating the league championship
with his teammates.
It was at the party that Louis
learned from Kelly that Cole had given
him his spot in the all-star game. Cole
had just left the party with his family.
The Dodgers went 7-5 during the
regular season in the eight-team
league for players ages 10-12. They
were the No. 3 seed in the double-
After losing 7-3 to the No. 2 seed
Orioles in their second playoff game,
they won three in a row to stay alive and
make it to the championship round.
The first of the three wins was a
thrilling 8-7 victory over the No. 1
seed Marlins in nine innings (games
are normally six innings).
Louis left the Friday evening game
in the top of the ninth with the score
tied 6-6. The Marlins scored once to go
ahead 7-6, but the Dodgers rallied for
two runs in the bottom of the ninth.
"We didn't find out who won until
Shabbos was over the next night:' said
Howard Schwartz, Louis' father.
Obviously inspired by the huge victo-
ry, the Dodgers beat the Tigers 8-1 and
Angels 14-7 in their next two games
to get another shot at the Orioles, who
were undefeated in the playoffs.
They beat the Orioles 8-3 on Friday
(June 16) to set up the winner-take-all
game the next day that Louis missed.
The Dodgers' win completed a 6-1 run
through the playoffs.
Louis has a twin sister, Samantha, and
a brother Jacob, 19. His mother is Robin.
The family lives in West Bloomfield and
attends The Shul in West Bloomfield.
"I can't say enough about the coach-
es and players on our team:' Howard
Schwartz said. "They were so support-
ive of our family."
Jews And Baseball
A free showing of Jews and Baseball,
a documentary film narrated by
Dustin Hoffman, will be presented at
7:30 p.m. Wednesday, July 25, in the
Berman Center for the Performing
Arts at the Jewish Community Center
in West Bloomfield.
Dr. Robert Matthews will introduce
the film and lead a tour of his new
Jewish sports memorabilia collection
on display at the JCC.
For information, call Rachel Ruskin
at (248) 432-5658. ❑
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