Sunday, November 21, 2010
On Friday we blogged about two words (Beatles, Shabbat) that are not often, if ever, seen in the same sentence. Today we shift from the world of music to the world of sports and introduce you to a new film that brings together another unlikely pair.
The film is Jews and Baseball: An American Love Story, and it's been playing around the country at Jewish Film Festivals from New York to San Francisco. Festival screenings are scheduled from now through next April from California to Connecticut (here's the schedule.)
16,700 Major League baseball players. 160 of them have been Jews. But they have had an impact far beyond their numbers.
Dustin Hoffman narrates this celebration of the impact Jewish major leaguers have had on America’s favorite pastime, and on the lives of American Jews. Featuring archival footage of unforgettable games, and interviews with star players Sandy Koufax, Al Rosen, and Kevin Youkilis, among others, and baseball personalities such as Commissioner Bud Selig, Mets owner Fred Wilpon, former sportscaster Larry King, and executives and fans like Charles Bronfman.
You don’t have to love baseball to be moved by this story. It's a joy for male and female viewers, young and old. We'll be on the lookout for release dates for the DVD and for its availability for rental on Netflix. In the meantime, enjoy the trailer!