Ellis Island to Ebbets Field: Sport and the American Jewish Experience

Paperback | February 1, 1978

byPeter Levine

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In Ellis Island to Ebbets Field, Peter Levine vividly recounts the stories of Red Auerbach, Hank Greenberg, Moe Berg, Sid Luckman, Nat Holman, Benny Leonard, Barney Ross, Marty Glickman, and a host of others who became Jewish heroes and symbols of the difficult struggle for American success.From settlement houses and street corners, to Madison Square and Fenway Park, their experiences recall a time when Jewish males dominated sports like boxing and basketball, helping to smash stereotypes about Jewish weakness while instilling American Jews with a fierce pride in their strength andability in the face of Nazi aggression, domestic anti-Semitism, and economic depression. Full of marvelous stories, anecdotes, and personalities, Ellis Island to Ebbets Field enhances our understanding of the Jewish-American experience as well as the struggles of other American minoritygroups.

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Full of marvelous stories, anecdotes and personalities, this novel explores the importance of sport--both watching and playing--as a middle ground for a minority culture actively determining for themselves what it meant to be American Jews. "Everything a good work of popular history should be".--Detroit Free Press. Photos

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In Ellis Island to Ebbets Field, Peter Levine vividly recounts the stories of Red Auerbach, Hank Greenberg, Moe Berg, Sid Luckman, Nat Holman, Benny Leonard, Barney Ross, Marty Glickman, and a host of others who became Jewish heroes and symbols of the difficult struggle for American success.From settlement houses and street corners, to...

Peter Levine is Professor of History at Michigan State University. He is the author of A.G. Spalding and the Rise of Baseball, American Sport: A Documentary History, and the editor of Baseball History, 1986-91.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:352 pages, 9.17 × 6.14 × 0.94 inPublished:February 1, 1978Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0195085558

ISBN - 13:9780195085556

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Full of marvelous stories, anecdotes and personalities, this novel explores the importance of sport--both watching and playing--as a middle ground for a minority culture actively determining for themselves what it meant to be American Jews. "Everything a good work of popular history should be".--Detroit Free Press. Photos

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"This is history at its best. Ellis Island to Ebbets Field offers much to appreciate and to savor."--Richard C. Crepeau, University of Central Florida