Jewish Major Leaguers, Inc. is a Boston-based not-for-profit organization with a mission to “document American Jews in America’s Game.”
We are proud to have been playing a significant role in what we see as the current renaissance of interest in the history of Jews in Baseball . We are also proud to be working collegially in this arena with our friends at Jewish Baseball News , the Jewish Baseball Museum, and the Jewish Sports Review.
Our first project was “American Jews in America’s Game”, a commemorative set of baseball cards, printed in 2003 by Fleer Trading Cards for The American Jewish Historical Society. This set documented the 142 American Jews who had played major-league baseball from the 1870s to the 2003 All-Star break. Thirty-three of these players had never appeared on a commercially distributed baseball card, and another nine appeared on cards only as minor-leaguers.
Our second project was our Hall of Fame weekend in August of 2004. The event brought together players, scholars, and fans, and received national press attention.
The response to the original card set and Hall of Fame event told us that fans and scholars wanted the research and education efforts to continue. Between 2006 and 2014, we produced seven additional baseball card sets (including one devoted to Israel in its first World Baseball Classic), and another Hall of Fame event, honoring Hank Greenberg.
Our cards were produced with licensing and support by Major League Baseball and the Major League Baseball Players Association, the Upper Deck Company, and the Topps Company. For various editions, we have had sponsorship arrangements with The American Jewish Historical Society, the National Museum of American Jewish History, and Jewish Baseball News
Our 2017 book, “The Jewish Baseball Card Book”, just seemed to flow from the card sets. Customers and fans were telling us about their “vintage” cards and their experiences as collectors, and they wanted to see “original” cards. We published the book with support from the Jewish Baseball Museum.
In addition to sponsorship, we have funded our work through a combination of revenue from card sales, speaking engagements, and fund-raising. We welcome tax-deductible support from individuals and organizations as we prepare to issue a second decade card set for 2020.
Martin Abramowitz, visionary
Our volunteer CEO, Bob Ruxin, teaches the Business of Sports at Boston University Questrom School of Business where he draws upon his 30 years of experience helping to create and guide closely-held sports products, marketing, consulting, and events businesses. The author of An Athlete’s Guide to Agents, Ruxin assisted the late Israel Baseball League in various business capacities and organized and managed the two JML events at the Baseball Hall of Fame. An honors graduate of Princeton University and Harvard Law School, Ruxin is president of the Princeton Association of New England and has held various volunteer leadership positions, including president of his synagogue.
Bob Wechsler, research director
Board of Directors:
- Martin Abramowitz, Newton, MA
- Yosef Abramowitz, Jerusalem, Israel
- Marty Appel, New York, NY
- Scott Barancik, Tampa FL
- Michael Bohnen, Newton, MA
- Rob Fein, , Newton, MA
- Mel Marmer, Cincinnati, OH
- Bob Ruxin, Lexington, MA
- Bernie Wax, Newton, MA