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The Baseball Talmud
The Baseball Talmud

The Baseball Talmud

The Definitive Position-by-Position Ranking of Baseball's Chosen Players
By Howard Megdal

SPORTS & RECREATION

320 Pages, 6 x 9

Formats: Cloth, EPUB, PDF

Cloth, $28.00 (US $28.00) (CA $38.00)

ISBN 9781637270011

Rights: WOR

Triumph Books (May 2022)

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Overview

Updated and expanded edition! From the icons of the game to the players who got their big break but never quite broke through, The Baseball Talmud provides a wonderful historical narration of Major League Jewish Baseball in America. All the stats, the facts, the stories, and the (often unheralded) glory. This delightful compmendium reveals that there is far more to Jewish baseball than Hank Greenberg's powerful slugging and Sandy Koufax's masterful control. From Ausmus to Zinn, Berg to Kinsler, Holtzman to Yeager, and many others, Howard Megdal draws upon the lore and the little-known details that increase our enjoyment of the game.This new, expanded edition of The Baseball Talmud rewrites the history of Jewish baseball and is a book that every baseball fan should own.

Author Biography

Howard Megdal is a journalist and editor who has worked hard over his career to equalize coverage between both men and women's sports, while covering baseball, basketball, soccer, and other sports. He is the founder and Editor-in-Chief of The IX Newsletter, a daily newsletter covering five different women's sports, and The Next, a 24/7 women's basketball outlet. He is a freelancer for numerous publications, including The New York Times, The Washington Post, FiveThirtyEight, and Forbes. His books include The Baseball Talmud, Wilpon's Folly, Taking The Field, and The Cardinals Way.

Book Signings

Upcoming Events


Aug
24
The Baseball Talmud ›
Cooperstown, NY
1:00pm
Join author Howard Megdal for a signing and discussion of his new book, 'The Baseball Talmud,' at the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum in Cooperstown, NY.<br /> <br /> https://bit.ly/3tsK7Xz
Sep
22
The Baseball Talmud ›
Paramus, NJ
6:30pm
Join author Howard Megdal for a signing of his book, 'The Baseball Talmud,' at Barnes & Noble in Paramus, NJ.<br />
Past Events


Jun
09
The Baseball Talmud ›
Paramus, NJ
5:30pm
Join author Howard Megdal for a signing and discussion of his new book, 'The Baseball Talmud,' as part of the Author Symposium at Barnes & Noble in Paramus, NJ.<br /> <br /> https://bit.ly/3MzUlge

Press Releases

The Baseball Talmud: The Definitive Position-by-Position Ranking of Baseball's Chosen Players

By Howard Megdal / Foreword by Jayson Stark

Contact: Scott King, IPG, 312-568-5423, sking@ipgbook.com

 

From the icons of the game to the players who got their big break but never quite broke through, The Baseball Talmud: The Definitive Position-by-Position Ranking of Baseball's Chosen Players provides a wonderful historical narration of Major League Jewish Baseball in America. All the stats, the facts, the stories, and the (often unheralded) glory. This delightful compendium reveals that there is far more to Jewish baseball than Hank Greenberg's powerful slugging and Sandy Koufax's masterful control.


From Ausmus to Zinn, Berg to Kinsler, Holtzman to Yeager, Joc Pederson’s recurring postseason heroics yielding “Joctober”, and more, Howard Megdal draws upon the lore and the little-known details that increase our enjoyment of the game to arrive at such revelations as:

 

  • Definitive statistical proof that having a Jewish mother improves your production
  • Definitive statistical proof that converting to Judaism mid-career increases your batting average
  • Historical accounts and new statistics proving that one Houston Astros outfielder saw his career curtailed by anti-Semitism 

 

The Baseball Talmud also includes the undisputed all-time Jewish team by position, with a full 26-man roster and statistical projection for how it would fare in a full season and a ranking of the top 18 prospects, the next great Jewish baseball stars.

 

About The Author:

Howard Megdal is a journalist and editor who has worked hard over his career to equalize coverage between both men and women’s sports, while covering baseball, basketball, soccer, and other sports. He is the founder and Editor-in-Chief of The IX Newsletter, a daily newsletter covering five different women's sports, and The Next, a 24/7 women's basketball outlet. He is a freelancer for numerous publications, including The New York TimesThe Washington PostFiveThirtyEight, and Forbes. His books include The Baseball TalmudWilpon's FollyTaking The Field, and The Cardinals Way.

 

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