Jews and Baseball: An American Love Story

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3 out of 5 stars

Jews have long been baseball fans, but few sons-of-Moses players have contributed to the evolution of our national pastime. Or have they? Peter Miller's doc takes us beyond Hank Greenberg and Sandy Koufax as it traces the history of the game in terms of its Jewish personnel. Despite the film's odd assembly of talking heads (Koufax, sure, but Ron Howard?) and narrow scope that rarely addresses how a first-generation community sought a new-world identity via knuckleballs, Miller's survey is a breezy compendium of fun facts and colorful figures. It's likely to prove irresistible to baseball fans, Hebraic or otherwise.

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By: Andrew Schenker

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