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American Jews and America’s Game: Voices of a Growing Legacy in Baseball

Where: 99-101 Newbury St, Boston MA 02116

When: May 21, 2014 6:00PM - 7:00PM


Join NEHGS and the American Jewish Historical Society New England Archives for an author talk and book signing by Larry Ruttman.

Author Larry Ruttman spent more than five years interviewing a wide range of figures who experienced “America’s game” both on and off the field. Ruttman compiled the life stories of these and many others into American Jews and America’s Game: Voices of a Growing Legacy in Baseball, an oral and cultural history.

The book explores the cultural connection between Jews and baseball, and Jewish heritage and its impact on the lives of the subjects. Among the fascinating interview subjects are MLB Commissioner Bud Selig, players Kevin Youkilis, Al Rosen, Art Shamsky, Gabe Kapler, Ron Blomberg, Ken Holtzman, Shawn Green, and Brad Ausmus; club owners and executives, sportswriters, fans like attorney Alan Dershowitz and former U.S. Congressman Barney Frank, and more. Their stories tell, as no previous book has, the history of the role of Jews in America’s pastime.

Larry Ruttman, who began attending games in Braves Field and Fenway Park before World War II, is the author of Voices of Brookline, a national finalist for the Award of Merit of the American Association of State and Local History. He has practiced law in Boston for more than 50 years.

The talk will be followed by a book signing by the author.

Free and open to the public. Please call 617-226-1226 or email to reserve a space.

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